Nursing Home Reform Law of 1987

Posted on November 8, 2010


Nursing Home Reform Law. (Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 or OBRA ā€™87)
OBRA is a landmark act, determining that nursing home residents have certain rights such as, the right to enter or leave a nursing home against medical advice, participate and have access to medical records and veto power over medical care and medical decisions by doctors, and not be put in restraints or be heavily drugged.

OBRA has created tremendous changes and improvements in nursing home care. States will penalize nursing homes for not meeting standards of care as established by OBRA, and thus it has made the care of residents far safer and more comfortable.

Washington, DC guardian attorney, Christine Axsmith, Esq.