“Thought for the Day” #680 – by Stephen R. Elville, J.D., LL.M.

March 7, 2016

Not all assisted living facilities are “forever” despite representations to the resident and the resident’s family at the time of admission that relocation to the facility is permanent -notwithstanding future changes in the resident’s level of care needs and level of care guidelines under state law. While certain assisted living facilities are more liberal than others in this regard, remember there are no guarantees, especially when the resident is forced to leave the facility due to hospitalization or rehabilitation. What to do:

  1. always read the facility’s admission contract carefully and have it reviewed by your legal counsel;
  2. talk to the facility administrator and not just the admissions office coordinator or sales representative – make sure you understand the facility’s policies and attitudes regarding long-term residency, including readmission after any temporary hospitalization; and
  3. consult with a geriatric care nurse/manager who is familiar with the facility and its policies and style of operation.