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Nursing Facilities

Improving Care & Protecting Resident's Rights

Nursing facility residents deserve the best of care, but for far too long they have been neglected by both facilities and government inspection agencies. Justice in Aging works at multiple levels to improve the lives of facility residents. At the federal level, Justice in Aging advocates in Congress for improvements to federal law, while also pushing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to improve regulatory standards and inspection procedures. Also, through written guides, public presentations, and webinars, Justice in Aging educates both professionals and consumers on how to advocate for both individual facility residents and broader systemic improvements. In all these ways, Justice in Aging serves as an important national voice for older Americans living in nursing facilities. 

25 Common Nursing Home Problems—and How to Resolve Them

Hundreds of thousands of persons — both consumers and professionals — have used this guide to advocate for better care. For each of 25 recurring problems, this guide identifies facility falsehoods, explains relevant law, and offers step-by-step instructions for protecting resident rights and securing better care.

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Toolkit for Fighting Nursing Home Evictions

Improper evictions are a long-standing problem in nursing facilities across the country. Federal law allows eviction only for six narrow reasons, but facilities often evict residents for various invalid reasons, including being “difficult,” needing one-on-one attention, switching from Medicare to Medicaid payment, and not complying with treatment plans. Advocates and consumers can use the materials in the toolkit below to fight back.

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