Texas Health and Safety Code § 247.064. Residents' Bill of Rights

(a) Each assisted living facility shall post a residents' bill of rights in a prominent place in the facility.

(b) The residents' bill of rights must provide that each resident in the assisted living facility has the right to:

(1) manage the resident's financial affairs;

(2) determine the resident's dress, hair style, or other personal effects according to individual preference, except that the resident has the responsibility to maintain personal hygiene;

(3) retain and use personal property in the resident's immediate living quarters and to have an individual locked cabinet in which to keep personal property;

(4) receive and send unopened mail;

(5) unaccompanied access to a telephone at a reasonable hour or in case of an emergency or personal crisis;

(6) privacy;

(7) unrestricted communication, including personal visitation with any person of the resident's choice, at any reasonable hour, including family members and representatives of advocacy groups and community service organizations;

(8) make contacts with the community and to achieve the highest level of independence, autonomy, and interaction with the community of which the resident is capable;

(9) present grievances on behalf of the resident or others to the operator, state agencies, or other persons without threat of reprisal in any manner;

(10) a safe and decent living environment and considerate and respectful care that recognizes the dignity and individuality of the resident;

(11) refuse to perform services for the facility, except as contracted for by the resident and operator;

(12) practice the religion of the resident's choice;

(13) leave the facility temporarily or permanently, subject to contractual or financial obligations;  and

(14) not be deprived of any constitutional, civil, or legal right solely by reason of residence in an assisted living facility.

(c) The residents' bill of rights must be written in the primary language of each resident of the facility and must also provide the toll-free telephone number of the department for reporting abuse or neglect.

(d) The rights provided under this section do not take precedence over health and safety rights of other residents of the facility.

(e) The department shall develop a residents' bill of rights in accordance with this section and provide a copy to each facility.  The copy shall be written in the primary language of each resident of the facility.


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