Assisted living officials say woman is too frail to live there

A man in another state is currently facing an elder care problem involving his aunt that is reportedly increasingly common in Georgia and throughout the nation as well. The man's aunt is a 94-year-old who has been diagnosed with dementia. The problem arose after plans had been made for the woman to be transferred to a special assisted living care unit that is equipped to provide support to dementia patients.

However, when officials contacted the woman's nephew, it was to let him know that his aunt was not going to be transferred; instead, she was being evicted from the facility altogether. The spokesperson on the phone informed the nephew that his aunt had 30 days to leave the residence. When asked what the reason for the eviction was, the nephew was informed that because his aunt was so frail and needed two staff members to move her at all times, facility administrators decided they could no longer fulfill her special needs.

In 2016, long-term care ombudsmen received nearly 3,000 complaints of elders who had experienced similar evictions. Assisted living facilities are governed by the laws of the individual states where they are located. Each facility has the discretion to determine when and why it chooses to evict people.

Some of the more common reasons that assisted living residents often get evicted include failing to pay monthly charges, refusing to follow residence rules, causing harm or becoming a danger to him or herself, or to staff members or other residents. Many elder advocates say that being too old or frail should not be legitimate cause for eviction. A Georgia elder law attorney can provide support to those who dealing with assisted living neglect or similar issues.

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