by Eleanor Laise
A voluntary move out of a nursing home requires careful planning for the transition home, while an involuntary move may require a fight for a resident's rights.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This article was originally published in the June 2012 issue of Kiplinger's Retirement Report.
Many people view the move to a nursing home as a one-way trip. But new government initiatives, combined with nursing homes' shifting business models, are encouraging more seniors to return home. Unfortunately, not all round trips are voluntary: Nursing homes are forcing out some residents.
Under federal rules implemented in 2010, all nursing-home residents are asked every few months whether they want to talk to someone about returning to the community. If a resident is interested, nursing homes must help the senior get more information on a potential move.