ABC7News reported another resident care issue involving SavaSeniorCare, a national billion dollar for-profit nursing home chain based in Atlanta. This time Sava is in trouble for allowing their facilities to illegally evict residents. A class action lawsuit has been filed for victims of “patient dumping.”
One of the patients, Karen Mou, says she was given only a week’s notice when state law says she should have been given 30 days’ notice. he believes the facility wanted her to leave so it could replace her with a patient from whom Courtyard Care could receive higher compensation. Mou was covered by Medi-Cal. Another plaintiff, Anita Willis of San Jose, was briefly homeless when she was told to leave.
The lawsuit alleges six California nursing homes owned by Sava Senior Care routinely refuse to provide residents with an advance written notice of discharge or their rights to contest that discharge. Attorneys for affected residents want an injunction to stop the provider from allegedly illegally dumping others. They’re also seeking statutory damages.
SavaSeniorCare’s in-house attorney and compliance officer Annaliese Impink told a local television station the company was aware of the lawsuit and is investigating. “According to our initial review, we see no merit to the allegations,” Impink said in an emailed statement. “We continue to focus on the care and services we provide to the residents we have the privilege to serve and we thank all of our staff for their diligence and commitment.”