Every year, long-term care ombudsmen, who advocate for elderly and disabled residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities receive thousands of complaints about discharges and transfers. Ombudsmen, whose work is federally mandated and federally and state-funded, receive more complaints about discharges and transfers than they do any other grievance. Often, when an elderly or disabled person is discharged against their wishes, it’s because they’re low-income an/or receiving assistance such as Medicaid.
“It’s an issue that we’ve seen over and over,” said Molly Davies, LCSW, President and CEO of WISE & Healthy Aging. “NBC did a story that WISE participated in a few years ago, that I think people should check out because it paints a vivid picture of the problem and the work that Ombudsmen do every day to help residents and their families exercise their rights to get the justice they deserve.”
Check out the story: Dumped: Nursing home evictions a reality for some poor patients (nbcnews.com)