Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota Helps Senior Client Keep Assisted Living Housing

A 75-year old assisted living resident was admitted to the hospital for a few days due to an injury.   When she healed, the assisted living facility refused to allow her to return, despite the doctor’s orders saying she needed to. The client had hypertension, chronic atrial fibrillation, COPD, and chronic congestive heart failure.  She was unable to walk and relied on a wheelchair. Heidi Uecker, of Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota, worked with the Ombudsman for Long-Term Care and the hospital social worker to obtain medical documentation of the client’s need to return to the assisted living facility. After failed negotiations, Heidi had to threaten a lawsuit on her client’s behalf, but ultimately the facility agreed to let the client return.

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