Aging is one of those things that could go either way. Some people stay relatively healthy and alert as they grow older, but others tend to get worn down physically and mentally. Family members can choose to step in and fill the role of a caregiver, but nursing homes offer—especially for seniors with severe cognitive and physical deficiencies—more comprehensive and knowledgeable care
That’s why a nursing home closure can be extremely stressful for residents. While there’s little that could be done to prevent closure, you do have rights, and certain procedures have to be followed to protect the residents. If you feel your loved one’s rights weren’t respected when a nursing home closed down, you could talk to a nursing home abuse lawyer to figure it out.
A lot of the time, nursing homes are forced to close due to financial and labor constraints. Many facilities that provide long term care have had trouble finding committed workers, and this often results in instances of elder neglect and abuse. Sometimes Medicare and Medicaid rates don’t cover their costs, and they are forced to close down.
When a nursing home in Massachusetts is planning on closing, it is required to give notice to the state and residents at least 60 days before closure. The notice contains the date and reason for closure, information on plans to relocate seniors to the most appropriate facilities, information on the residents’ appeal rights, and the name and address of the state’s long term care ombudsman.
An ombudsman is an independent, impartial individual who investigates complaints that haven’t been solved by the organization complained against.
The notice will also contain the following information for the resident’s next nursing care facility:
- Their doctor’s contact information
- Their representative’s contact information
- Any special instructions on how they should be cared for
After giving notice, the nursing home will cease admitting new patients.
Moving to a New Nursing Home
Moving your loved one to a new facility can be stressful, but if you do it right, they’ll be able to settle into their new home. The best way you can find a suitable nursing home in Massachusetts is through the Nursing Home Compare tool from the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
By allowing you to compare different nursing homes, the tool will help you and your loved one find an affordable and good quality nursing home in Massachusetts. It ranks nursing homes in the state on a 5-star system, provides their contact information, and allows people to find nursing homes near them. On top of that, the tool indicates nursing facilities that have been cited for elder abuse.
You may want to ask friends and family to help move a loved one and their belongings from one nursing home to another. If the new home is some distance away, hiring movers would be the best way to ensure everything gets there safely.
Talk to Our Experienced Attorneys
When a nursing home closes, it’s important that your rights are not violated in the process. Do you have any questions regarding nursing home closure? We’d be happy to help! Call us today at (617) 933-3858 to set up a free consultation.