Those practicing in the field of elder law, or with elderly clients or family members, should understand basic advocacy issues in skilled nursing facilities.
People “voluntarily” accept the end of therapy and discharge from facilities because they don’t know their rights. “We are discharging your Dad tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.,” or “Medicare will not pay for any more therapy,” or “We don’t have any “custodial beds” or “we have a long waiting list for Medi-Cal beds” are only a few of the statements that cause people to “voluntarily” stop therapy or accept discharge. None of these are lawful reasons for mandatory discharge. Who knew they had options? Perhaps you can. Learn about your client’s right to care and treatment, and how they can assert these rights under the law and get the care they need, and perhaps benefits to pay for it.
Helping a client qualify for Long Term Care Medi-Cal or other benefits profits them little if they are quickly, and inappropriately, discharged or transferred.
Understanding their rights can help your clients radically change their health care outcomes. We will look at common scenarios, your options, and provide you with the underlying supporting legal authority. These tips are particularly helpful for Elder Law practitioners, but useful for anyone with friend or family who may require long term care.