Q: I am on Ohio Mediciad. I am being forced out of the nursing home by the Area on Aging to a group home. Can they do this?
Oct 2015, I fell attached to my power-chair onto the street because the city had not officially closed the sidewalk and I was trying to get to my apartment where I have lived independently for 20 years. I am severely disabled but have worked to be independent. I became unconscious with a head injury, broke my thumb and damaged my wheelchair. After being in the hospital, I was sent to my present nursing home and lost my independence. All of my worldly belongings were thrown out and had to give up my precious cat. This took a toll on my recovery and sanity. I have adjusted to the NH but now, am being forced out now that I am "well". I can't go back to my apartment because I got injured. I do not want to leave. Can they force me out?
A: You have two issues. One is a claim against the city or the owner of the property.You need to contact a member of the Ohio Assn for Justice in your area --they give free consultations. You can explain your injuries. You then can ask about this issue but I don't see that they can do much in that regard because Medicaid regulations say if you don't need skilled nursing around the clock you go to another level of facility. You may want to look at public housing if that's an option.
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