I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Nursing Home Injury Attorney. A nursing home resident, 86-year-old Margie, developed a bladder infection. She was transferred to an acute care hospital for treatment. Five days later, ready for discharge, she called her nursing home—without warning she is told they would not allow her to come back. While hospitalized the nursing home packed up all her belongings and cleaned out her room. In a panic Margie calls her family. Being told to leave or not being readmitted to a nursing home that you have already settled into can be traumatic. Yet, this illegal practice called “hospital dumping” is on the rise nationwide. Residents and family members can fight back. There are certain procedures the law requires a nursing home to take before a resident is discharged, transferred or evicted.
The Effects of Hospital Dumping on a Nursing Home Resident