Arbitration Agreements: Why They Should Be Prohibited in Admission Agreements
No citizen of New York should be required to surrender basic constitutional rights and civil protections to secure a bed in a nursing home or in a residential care facility or as a condition for adequate care. Yet, this is exactly what’s happening in many circumstances.
In an effort to prevent residents from being able to sue for abuse or neglect, nursing homes and residential care facilities are asking new and current residents to sign admission agreements that include binding arbitration provisions.
To help people understand the myths and facts of arbitration agreements, the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform created an informative fact sheet.
Note: This fact sheet is for California, but the information is still applicable in New York State.