May 7, 2011
The Olive Ridge Post Acute Care nursing home in Oroville, California received 15 citations from the state and was ordered to pay $15,000 in fines for illegally relocating 14 residents.
The California Department of Public Health says in 2010 the nursing home told residents that they needed to move to others facilities. The staff then began relocating the residents to other nursing homes. The state took action against the nursing home for breaking laws such as not giving residents ample notice of the move and not filing a relocation plan with the state.
The watchdog group California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform says the transfers were also illegal and a form of nursing home abuse since Olive Ridge did not make the relocations for acceptable reasons. The reform group says they think the nursing home was moving the long-term residents out to make room for short-term care residents who pay more for their rehabilitation.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of mistreatment at a nursing home were urge you to contact a nursing home abuse lawyer right away to discuss your legal options.