No resident of a facility shall be deprived of any civil or legal rights, benefits, or privileges guaranteed by law, the Constitution of the State of Florida, or the Constitution of the United States as a resident of a facility. Every resident shall have the right to:

  • Live in a safe and decent living environment, free from abuse and neglect.
  • Be treated with consideration and respect and with due recognition of personal dignity, indiviuality, and the need for privacy.
  • Retain clothes and other personal property.
  • Unrestricted private communication including receiving and sending unopened correspondence, access to a telephone, and visiting with any person of his choice during visiting hours.
  • Participate in and benefit from community services and activities to achieve the highest possible level of independence, autonomy, and interaction with the community.
  • Manage his/her own financial affairs.
  • Share a room with spouse if both are residents of the facility.
  • Reasonable opportunity to exercise.
  • Exercise civil and religious liberties, including personal decisions.
  • Adequate and appropriate health care.
  • Forty Five (45) days notice of relocation or termination of residency.
  • Present grievances and recommend changes in policies, procedures, and services to the facility without restraint, interference, coercion, discrimination or reprisal.
  • Be free from physical and chemical restraints other than those prescribed by the resident’s physician and consented to by the resident or the resident’s legal guardian, F.S. 400.411(l)(i).