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Is this an Illegal Eviction?

Published on January 8th, 2020

As we have discussed previously, nursing homes often abandon residents and kick them out of the facility without legal justification.  The facility must have a reason and give the resident time to find a new home.  There is a problem in this country where the facility makes up a reason the kick “low paying” residents (i.e. those on Medicaid) so they can replace the resident with a high paying resident (i.e. private insurance, Medicare, Hospice,etc.).

Richard Bloxham, a paraplegic man from Oklahoma claims he was kicked out of his nursing home on New Year’s Eve.  Richard says he lived at Hillcrest for six months before being told he had to be out by January 27th.  Authorities told Hillcrest that a court order is needed for an eviction.

“I was supposedly a danger to other residents and myself. Which was a lie,” said Bloxham.  The 34-year-old wheelchair-bound paraplegic Bloxham is obviously not a danger to others at the facility.  But after a short stay in the hospital, Richard returned on New Year’s Eve only to be told he wasn’t allowed in the building.

“I go to the hospital and they act like they don’t even know what I’m talking about,” said Bloxham. ”They were just trying to get me out quicker.”

However, officials at the Hillcrest Nursing Home are holding firm on this ridiculous assertion and refuse to allow Bloxham back.

He called Moore Police, who spoke with Hillcrest COO Tammy Whorton.  The police report quotes the officer who investigated, “The staff on scene did not have any issues with Richard”.  Going on to say, “They did not agree with the decision.”  The report also says Tammy admitted to telling Richard “he had until the 27th to gather his belongings and vacate the facility.”

 

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