State and federal lawmakers have recognized a patient's "right to choose." However, state and federal law also prohibits discrimination and harassment based upon race, sex, age, disability, and religion, among other protected class categories.
I have worked in the aging profession for more than 21 years, have been a registered nurse for more than 40 years and will soon begin my (semi-) retirement. This has led me to do a lot of reflecting on my career and, for lack of a better word, my legacy as a nurse and long-term care educator.
We are going through culture change and wonder if surveyors will be more lenient with regulations if we do something that is resident choice?
I used to live in a fabulous old fourth-floor walk-up apartment in Manhattan. When I moved out of Manhattan to a borough of New York City for an elevator building with a laundry room in the basement, I made a conscious choice to pick a place I could live for the rest of my life if I had to. "That ramp could come in handy if I need a wheelchair, I reasoned. And if worse comes to worse, I'll move into a nursing home and blog from there."