A nursing home resident is the primary advocate for him or herself and may use the information provided on this website for self-advocacy. However, since many nursing home residents are unable to advocate for themselves so that their family members perform this advocacy role, the website information primarily addresses how family can help their loved one in a nursing home. In addition, friends, health care proxies, guardians, or other legal representatives can also provide advocacy assistance when the resident is unable to or does not have involved family members.

It’s important to remember that the role of family and others is to always communicate the resident’s needs and preferences and to advocate for him or her. While a resident’s preferences may be different than what his or her advocate thinks is best, the needs and wishes of the resident should always be respected.


The information provided herein has been researched and is offered with good intent; however, it should not be relied upon as legal, business, or medical advice; and, while working hard to ensure accuracy, Massachusetts Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (MANHR), program of Dignity Alliance Massachusetts, does not warrant or make any representations as to the quality, content, accuracy, or completeness of the information, text, graphics, links, and other items, contained on this website. These materials have been compiled from a variety of sources and are subject to change without notice.

MANHR, a program of Dignity Alliance Massachusetts, or Dignity Alliance Massachusetts itself cannot be held responsible for any damage to any user’s computer or other equipment while accessing its website or an affiliated website.

If misleading, inaccurate, or otherwise inappropriate information is brought to our attention, we will make our best effort to fix or remove it.