Nursing Home Fined For Illegally Moving Residents to Make Room for Higher Paying Residents

Authorities in one state have issued 15 citations after a nursing home illegally moved 14 residents out of the facility last year. The facility was ordered to pay $15,000 in fines in connection with the citations. Early last year the nursing home staff told residents of a locked dementia unit that they would have to move out, according to the California Department of Public Health. Administrators began finding other nursing homes around the state that would take the residents.

A Department of Public Health report said the state was told the locked unit was being phased out and would be converted to an unlocked unit. By late February of 2010, 14 of the units 25 residents had been moved to other nursing homes. Another six were waiting to be transferred, and five were going to stay at stay at the facility and be put in with the general population of residents.

The report by the Department of Public Health stated that the facility was cited for breaking a number of laws, including those requiring that residents receive ample advance notice and that nursing homes file a relocation plan with the state. "Some residents were placed in facilities more than 150 miles away from their family and legal representatives after just a few days' notice," the summary stated.

According to federal law, the only valid reasons for moving a resident to another nursing home are that the move is necessary for the resident's health, the resident has gotten better and no longer needs the facility's care, the safety or health of the residents are endangered, the resident has failed to pay for staying in the facility, or the facility goes out of business. 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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