What Happens To The Residents When A Nursing Home Closes?

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McClean County Nursing Home Residents Transferred After LeRoy Manor Closes

The former long-term care residents of the LeRoy Manor building, located in the central Illinois community of Bloomington-Normal, have moved to other nursing homes throughout Illinois. The private nursing home closed on February 15, 2019, displacing 75 employees and 66 residents. Administrators say about 90 percent of the residents were receiving Medicaid and poor reimbursement by the state was to blame for the closure. The group announced plans to end long-term care services at the home in January of 2019.

Thankfully, regional ombudsman from the East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging told local news outlets that residents and their family members felt individual rights and desires were protected during the transition and that staff saw the process out appropriately. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and many residents preparing for a move out of their control will find themselves neglected or abused during a time of uncertainty and when changing staffing challenges become present. The move may be tough though for many of the LeRoy Manor residents who were originally from the area and able to stay connected with family and friends on a regular basis. These are relationships important when addressing basic care and medical needs and identifying nursing home neglect and abuse symptoms of loved ones.

What Does a Nursing Home Have to Do When It Closes?

In Illinois, when a nursing home will be closed, administrators will need to follow several steps to ensure residents and family members will be provided the proper notice, ongoing respected care and the appropriate patient information and readiness will be received by the incoming facility. The state of Illinois and residents should be given at least a 60-day notice before the closure date. So, if you find out that the long-term care facility responsible for your family member’s care will be transferring your loved one, it should not require an emergent response.

A formal notice of transfer should include:

  • Reason
  • Date of proposed transfer/discharge
  • Location to where resident is to be moved
  • Right to appeal
  • Contact information for the Illinois LTC Ombudsman program such as name, address, and telephone number

The facility must also provide sufficient preparation and orientation to residents to ensure safe and orderly transfer. A post-discharge plan of care that was developed with the participation of the resident and his or her family is also required to help the resident adjust to a new living environment.

With the number of Illinois nursing homes and care facilities closing on the rise, we encourage all nursing home residents and their loved ones to be armed with knowledge of their rights and federal regulations regarding nursing home closures and relocation of residents.

Levin & Perconti: Chicago’s Legal Voice for Victims of Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect 

If someone you know has had their rights violated while being transferred to a new nursing home, or abused or neglected in the process, the attorneys of Levin & Perconti, located in Chicago, want to help. With over half a billion dollars recovered for our clients, our legal team is committed to bringing justice to families whose loved ones have been harmed by a nursing home closure.

Please, contact us now for a FREE consultation at 312-332-2872 in Chicago, toll-free at 1-877-374-1417, or by completing our online case evaluation form.

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