Nursing Home Abuse:
All nursing home residents have rights, including the right to change nursing home facilities when they so choose. Additionally, a patient cannot be discharged or transferred unwillingly from a nursing home unless his or her health has improved or declines to the point where the care is no longer needed, the change will benefit his or her health, services weren’t paid (unless protected by Medicaid), or the facility closes. The resident must be provided with a written notice no less than 30 days before the transfer or removal. Each nursing home resident has the right to appeal a switch in nursing homes.
The change from one nursing home to another can be a stressful event for everyone involved. This is why there are protections set up to prevent this decision from being forced upon residents and their families. If you believe you or your loved one have been improperly transferred or discharged from a nursing home, contact a nursing home law attorney today.