The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program at ABLE works to uphold the rights of people who receive long-term care by investigating and resolving complaints about long-term care ranging from admission and discharge problems to abuse, neglect and violations of civil rights.

Resident Rights Regarding Involuntary Discharge

Involuntary discharge from a facility is among the most common issues confronting residents and their families. The goal of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is to work toward resolution and ensure all avenues have been explored in an effort to prevent involuntary discharges.

If anyone talks to you about discharge, contact the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program at (419) 259-2891. We can help.

It is against Ohio law to discharge a consumer from a facility against their will unless:

  • The resident's health has improved sufficiently to allow for discharge or transfer to a less skilled level of care;
  • The resident has resided in the home fewer than thirty days;
  • An emergency arises in which the health or safety of others in the home is/would be endangered;
  • An emergency arises in which the resident's urgent medical needs require an immediate transfer or discharge; or
  • Failure to pay for services after reasonable and appropriate notice.

Residents have the right:

  • To receive notice of discharge, even in emergencies;
  • To receive written notice at least 30 days in advance of involuntary discharge