DO ELDERLY RESIDENTS HAVE THE RIGHT TO LEAVE A NURSING HOME?
Yes, elderly persons generally have the right to leave the nursing home at anytime they wish, when there is no court order to keep them in a secured perimeter facility.
In reality, many nursing homes try to keep the residents safe, by having a bell that rings when someone attempts to leave. Often times, the elder is asked to sign a release, if he or she wants to leave. It is questionable, whether such a release will be effective.
There are sign-in and sign-out forms at every facility to insure that elders are safe, and that all vendors are identified.
For more information about rights of elderly in nursing homes, call Mina Sirkin, Elder Law attorney in Woodland Hills.
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