Download a copy of the ‘Patient Bill of Rights for New York State’ pdf if you or your loved one is or will be a patient in a New York State Hospital. If you work in community-based occupational therapy and have a patient who has recently been admitted to a hospital, this is a great resource for them to have!
Every single person admitted into a New York State hospital has rights and should know them! Unfortunately, so many individuals are not aware of their rights which leads to negligence, mistreatment and elder abuse in the eldercare system and hospital setting. Know your rights and advocate for them!
As occupational therapy practitioners, it is our job to teach and equip our patients to properly advocate for themselves!