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Injuries resulting from falls in nursing homes are common. Many falls are preventable.
If you are a nursing home resident, have an appropriate power of attorney, have the resident’s consent, or are the resident’s “personal representative,” you are entitled to inspect the resident’s “patient records.” The nursing home must permit “this inspection during business hours within five working days after receipt of the request.”
When you are being admitted to a nursing home, you will be asked to sign a lot of papers. Some are necessary for admission. For example, you must sign a “Standard Admission Agreement.” This agreement is mandated by the State and may not be altered by the nursing home.