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The Ombudsman Report for January 2023

Do I Have to Leave? A Brief Look at Involuntary Discharges in Long Term Care

by Kathleen Heren, Rhode Island's Long Term Care Ombudsman

Kathleen Heren

I think it is always wise to review from time to time the policy on Involuntary discharges. To be clear an involuntary discharge is when a long-term care facility wants to evict or transfer a resident from their facility. This is not to say that there can be a justified reason for issuing what is known as a 30-day discharge notice the resident, guardian, or responsible party must be notified.


In Rhode Island law it is also mandatory that the long-term care Ombudsman Office be notified. The nursing home must also give a valid reason for issuing the 30-day notice. The following reasons according to fe