My father has been a resident in the special "Alzheimer's Unit" of a
local nursing home for the past two years. I recently informed the nursing
home that my father would be going on Medi-Cal since his funds are running
out. I was told that my father would have to move to another section of
the facility since the Alzheimer's Unit is for private pay residents only.
Is this legal? I don't want him moved, since it will be very traumatic
for him and he is getting the care he needs.
Daughter in Contra Costa
Unless the "Alzheimer's Unit" is a separately licensed facility, which
is unlikely, your father cannot be moved merely because of a change to
If a facility is certified for Medi-Cal, all of the bedsexcept
for the Medicare distinct partare Medi-Cal certified, and facilities
cannot discriminate by "weeding out" Medi-Cal residents.
If a facility continues to insist upon the move, file a complaint with
Licensing & Certification and cc a copy to your local ombudsman. Call
the CANHR office for more information.
There are no special criteria or regulations for an "Alzheimer's
Unit", and they are governed under the same regulations as nursing homes
While some Alzheimer's units offer very specialized services and activities
for Alzheimer's residents, others are merely "in name only"
and used as a justification for higher rates.