Can An Assisted Living Resident Be Evicted?

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Getting your loved one into an assisted living facility is often not an easy task. Finding the right facility, one that is affordable and that provides quality care, can be complicated. However, you may wonder if your loved one can ever be evicted from an assisted living facility in South Carolina. There are times when a resident may face eviction, but this should not be commonplace.  

Possible reasons for a nursing home eviction

A Kaiser Health News article has pointed out that assisted living facilities across the country are evicting residents who have “grown older and frail,” stating that they can no longer care for them. Evictions are the top grievance about assisted living facilities in the US. As the average age of the US population continues to increase, assisted living facilities gain more importance. 

Unlike nursing homes, assisted living facilities typically do not have to document the reason why they are no longer able to provide an adequate level of assistance for a resident. Nursing home residents are afforded more federal protections. 

Many evictions are due to a facility claiming they can no longer provide the care necessary to the resident. Other evictions are prompted by a change in management or ownership of a facility. 

Some evictions, however, target residents whose family members complain about their loved one not receiving adequate assistance or those who complain about abuse. These instances are often retaliation by the facility against the family members. 

Abuse can also occur at assisted living facilities

Elder abuse is vastly underreported in the US, though we know that it occurs at alarmingly high rates. This abuse can occur in assisted living facilities in the following ways:

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Financial abuse
  • Emotional and psychological abuse
  • Neglect of basic necessities
  • Neglect of medical care

You may need assistance

If you or a loved one are facing eviction from a nursing home or if you suspect your loved one has been abused, you need to seek legal assistance. The Pruitt Law Firm specializes in assisted living abuse cases in Greenville, and we are here to ensure your loved one is properly cared for. You can contact the Greenville assisted living attorneys at the Dan Pruitt Law Firm for a free consultation today to find out what your next steps should be.

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