Nursing Home Closings Leave Patients Frantic For New Care Facilities

Nursing homes are made for elderly people who need safe environments to live in because they can no longer live on their own or their families can no longer care for them. One state’s records show that over the past couple of years the homes for these elderly people are being taken away from them by either being closed or sold, and they and their families are having no say in the matter and are not being forewarned that it’s going to happen. Many nursing home patients are being left by facilities without any notice and with no choice but to find a different and unfamiliar place to live making an inconvenience to them and their families. The state has passed laws saying that facilities must give notice to public and families with a 45-day warning but homes are struggling to meet these requirements, putting many families in the worst situations.

A nursing home patient experienced this inconvenience recently. The patient was residing at a nursing home facility, while transferring back and forth to the hospital for her cancer treatments. During one of the transfers she and her family were told that she could not go back to the nursing home because the facility was closing. This was shocking to her and the family member who immediately had to find a new place for the woman who was now going to have to get used to a new home, new staff, and a new surrounding with no warning. For more, read the story.
Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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