Fifteen Citations for a Northern CA Nursing Home

The state of California has issued 15 citations to Olive Ridge Post Acute Care Skilled Nursing Facility in Oroville, CA.  They are accused of illegally moving out 14 residents early last year.  The residents in question were patients of Olive Ridge’s locked unit for patients with Alzheimer’s, dementia, psychosis and other ailments.  They reportedly planed to phase out this unit and convert it to an unlocked unit. Residents were told they had to move out.

Law requires residents receive ample advance notice and that nursing homes file a relocation plan with the state—neither was provided.  Administrators began finding other nursing homes that would take these residents.  “Some residents were placed in facilities more than 150 miles away from their family and  legal representatives after just a few days’ notice” according the case summary.

“According to federal law, the only valid reasons for moving a resident to another nursing home are that the move is necessary for the resident’s health, the resident has gotten better and no longer needs the facility’s care, the safety or health of the residents are endangered, the resident has failed to pay for staying in the facility, or the facility goes out of business.”   (Oroville Mercury-Register)

Olive Ridge is required to pay $15,000 in fines—an amount some feel is much too low.