The 1987 Nursing Home Reform Law is federal that requires nursing homes to “promote and protect the rights of each resident”. Nursing homes must meet the requirements of this law to participate in Medicare and Medicaid, which funds a substantial amount of nursing home care. The purpose of the law is to enhance the quality of life of nursing home residents, by ensuring dignity, choice and self-determination.
Anyone who is concerned that a nursing home is not meeting the requirements of this law, as laid out below, can contact the State Ombudsman program at:
AR Division of Aging and Adult Services
P.O. Box 1437, Slot S530 , 700 Main Street
Little Rock, ar 72209
Work: (501) 682-8952
Fax: (501) 682-8155
1987 Nursing Home Reform Law: