Autonomy for nursing home residents: The role of regulations

Jiska Cohen‐Mansfield, Perla Werner*, Michael Weinfield, Judith Braun, Gladys Kraft, Barbara Gerber, Steve Willens

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The importance of autonomy and choice to nursing home residents' well‐being has been well established. This paper examines the complex role of regulation as it affects the autonomy of nursing home residents. Nonstandardized interviews with residents, family members, nursing staff members, and administrators were conducted at three nursing homes in suburban Maryland. These anecdotal interviews identified the most problematic areas where regulations enforce barriers to autonomy and control. These areas include: scheduling of activities of daily living, food portions, physical environment, and documentation. Suggestions for possible improvements are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)415-423
Number of pages9
JournalBehavioral Sciences and the Law
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes


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