How Do You Get Someone Out of A Nursing Home?

Friday, January 5, 2024

How Do You Get Someone Out of A Nursing Home?

Written by Malman Law, reviewed by Steve J. Malman.

Once you have made the decision to remove a loved one from a nursing home, developing a plan for a seamless relocation should begin. You should have discussed with the nursing home staff your concerns and thought thoroughly about your decision to move a loved one to a new residence or facility. If you have decided to remove a patient from a nursing home, securing the aid of a trusted Chicago nursing home injury lawyer can help address any pushback you may receive from the facility.

Make a Plan

A plan can help to begin the transition from one location to the next. We recommend organizing information regarding:

  • Packing: Your loved one will need help packing items to either store or move to a new location.
  • Mental health: Moving can trigger anyone, and transitioning from a residence to a nursing home or moving between facilities can trigger loneliness, anxiety, and a sense of hopelessness in a patient. You can anticipate difficult emotions by being present to offer emotional support to a loved one when needed through the course of the moving transition.
  • Updating insurance information: You should notify your insurance company of the facility change.
  • Providing up-to-date information for the new facility: Make sure that they have all necessary forms and records as you transition.
  • Developing a budget: Determine how much you are willing or able to spend on moving expenses.
  • Updating a change of address: Inform friends and family of the new address and any additional information they should know about the facility or residence change.

Why Might A Patient Consider Leaving a Nursing Home?

Instances where a patient may consider leaving a nursing home include:

Neglect and abuse

About one in ten seniors have experienced elder abuse. If a loved one has expressed that they have experienced neglect or abuse from a nursing home staff member, you should remove them immediately and contact a nursing home lawyer for representation.

Level of care

A patient might be able to take care of themselves well enough without the aid of nursing home staff. If this is the case, then moving them to the home of a family member or a nursing home with an independent living option may better match the needs of a patient. Alternatively, if a patient will require more care–due to health, for example–moving to a facility that provides a higher level of service can better serve the needs of a loved one.

Health concerns

COVID-19 has hit nursing homes particularly hard; 23% of those in the United States who have died from the coronavirus are residents or staff of long-term care facilities. If you observe that the facility where a loved one is being cared for has experienced an increase in disease among patients, you may want to consider moving a loved one to another long-term care facility where they are less likely to get sick.

Consult With An Experienced Chicago Nursing Home Lawyer Today

If you have experienced wrongdoing at a nursing home, an experienced elder care lawyer can help you develop a case against the facility. Our nursing home lawyers at Malman Law have helped many nursing home patients seek justice for wrongdoing. Set up a consultation today.


Steve Malman

Malman Law’s founder Attorney Steven Malman has over 30 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, truck accidents, car accidents, premises liability, construction, and workers’ compensation cases in Chicago, IL.

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This page has been written, edited, and reviewed by a team of legal writers following our comprehensive editorial guidelines. This page was approved by President and Founder, Steven J. Malman who has more than 20 years of legal experience as a personal injury attorney.

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