‘They Just Dumped Him Like Trash’: Nursing Homes Evict Vulnerable Residents
Traditionally, ombudsmen would regularly go to nursing homes. In March, though, ombudsmen — and residents’ families — were required to stop visiting. Evictions followed. “It felt opportunistic, where some homes were basically seizing the moment when everyone is looking the other way to move people out,” said Laurie Facciarossa Brewer, a long-term care ombudsman in New Jersey. Nursing homes are allowed to evict residents if they aren’t able to pay for their care, are endangering others in the facility or have sufficiently recovered. Under federal law, before discharging patients against their will, nursing homes are required to give formal notice to the resident and to the ombudsman’s office. But some homes have figured out a workaround: They pressure residents to leave. That is what David Mellor said happened to him. “I saw what was going on,” Mr. A spokesman for the Windsor Park Care Center declined to comment.
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