AARP published tips on preventing resident dumping. “Resident dumping” occurs when a nursing facility improperly discharges a resident. Vulnerable adults get “dumped” because of greed, making room for more lucrative private insurance patients.
Resident dumping affects thousands of residents who are poor, have a mental health condition, or find they’re not allowed back into their nursing facility.
Nursing facilities must:
Hold a resident’s bed if they are transferred to a hospital.
Comply with the law and only involuntarily discharge residents in limited circumstances.
Give residents 30 days’ notice and the opportunity for a hearing before discharging a resident.
What to do if you or a loved one experiences resident dumping
Document all communication to and from the nursing facility
Know your rights and when to push back
Contact the Long Term Care Ombudsman at https://theconsumervoice.org/get_help to find information on nursing facilities in your state or to get other information on resolving an issue with long-term care.
Consider consulting an attorney. The American Bar Association offers free advice at https://www.abafreelegalanswers.org/