Mom has been in the hospital for almost a month due to a pelvic fracture. She is doing great now and walking with a walker. Mom is excited about going back home to assisted living where she is in a building with 15 other residents; all kind, friendly people. She has been living there for over a year. Yesterday afternoon, I got a call from Assisted Living. They said she cannot go back to her room today and that she has to move into the memory unit today! This is because the hospital discharge paperwork has DEMENTIA marked on it. I asked to wait at least a few days as she will see her doctor on Monday. Her doctor will evaluate her and make a referral to a neurologist. Mom's room is full of her furniture, photos etc. It took us days to set up. The facility said no, she can't come back even for a few days due to California law because the dementia box is checked. I went to the place last night and visited the memory unit. The place is dismal. Mom has some memory loss, some forgetfulness and is a fall risk but that is all. No other problems.
Can mom basically be evicted without notice like this? Is it relevant that the assisted living section has a waiting list? Memory care has space and the cost for memory care is $1,150 higher without significant additional care? The doors are locked for "runners" but my mom is not that. The tables are bare "because residents put things in their mouth" but my mom does not do that. The hospital cannot change the paperwork. We love the assisted living section and the facility and it even has a nice therapy pool. Mom is an avid swimmer which is why we chose the place; it is a small, lovely place, but memory care is as I said dismal. The call I got was very callous. No compassion at all for not letting mom come home today. No consideration of the impact this will have when mom cannot go home today. They said she will adjust. I know she will hate the memory care building where most people do not interact. Any ideas?