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Know Your Rights

This section will address such issues as resident rights for seniors in nursing homes, information on how to apply for in-home supportive services allowing you to stay in your home, how to research license information on medical professionals as well as insurance agents and brokers, what you should know before hiring a contractor, as well as what you should know before hiring a non-licensed caregiver.


INSURANCE:

Be aware of your rights before buying insurance, such as your right to look up an agent, broker, or insurance company. View a list of things to consider before buying insurance.

HEALTH CARE PLANS:

The Department of Managed Health Care lists the rights you are entitled to under an HMO health care plan.

HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS:

You have the right to check the license of a number of healthcare professionals including a doctor, dentist, pharmacy and other companies or individuals licensed by the Department of Consumer Affairs.

HIRING A CONTRACTOR:

Review important information you need to know before hiring a contractor to do work on your home.

CAREGIVING SERVICES:

Before hiring, you have the right to check a non-licensed caregiver's criminal history through the Elder Care Employer.

The Department of Health Care Services offers information on what you need to know about long-term care.

If you meet certain eligibility requirements, the In-Home Supportive Services Program will help you pay for services allowing you to remain safely in your home.

The Department of Public Health offers assistance in understanding your rights as a nursing home resident.