Why would a long-term care facility need to discharge a resident?

Why would a long-term care facility need to discharge a resident?

On Behalf of | Nov 30, 2022 | Long-Term Care Facilities |

Many people who place their loved ones in a long-term care facility expect their family members to stay there comfortably for the rest of their life. However, there are times when residents can’t stay in a facility and are required to leave the facility or transfer to another one through a discharge process. 

When a facility needs to discharge a resident, they often have to state their purpose and notify family and guardians. There are many reasons why a long-term care facility would need to discharge a resident. Here’s what you should know:

A resident had conflicts with other residents or staff

A long-term care facility is like a small town: nearly everyone knows each other or interacts with each other in some way, and everyone has their own way of living, but that doesn’t mean everyone gets along. Some new residents in nursing homes, assisted living facilities or similar long-term care facilities fight with older residents and staff. This can be problematic if the conflict escalates and endangers residents and staff. 

A resident made it difficult to attend to their needs

Some residents don’t believe they need the long-term care their families and loved ones want them to have. They may still believe they can act independently and without guidance or oversight, however, this attitude may be harming their health. When this happens, staff may not be able to attend to their jobs and care for their clients. 

When drafting a discharge plan, a facility may need to know its legal options if a resident’s guardian, family or loved one disagrees with the decision.