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Article 10. Temporary Relocation Of Residents of California Health And Safety Code >> Division 2. >> Chapter 10. >> Article 10.

(a) All providers shall include in resident contracts the procedures to be followed to ensure that residential temporary relocations provide comparable levels of care, services, and living accommodations as described in the resident's contract.
  (b) The provider shall notify the resident of the impending relocation at least 60 days in advance of the relocation.
  (c) The provider shall meet with the resident and, at the resident' s request, family members or other individuals, at least 30 days in advance of the transfer to discuss all aspects of the transfer, including, but not limited to, the rights, requirements, and procedures set forth in this article. Notice of this meeting shall be provided in writing and at least seven days in advance of the meeting and shall include all of the following information:
  (1) The date of the transfer.
  (2) The available replacement unit or units and monthly fees.
  (3) The time when the resident will be able to inspect the replacement unit or units.
  (4) The estimated date when the resident will be able to return to his or her unit or may move to a substitute permanent unit.
  (d) If accommodations are not available at a continuing care retirement community operated by the provider within a 30-mile radius, the provider shall be required to provide a unit in a facility, agreed to by the resident, that most closely provides the services, size, features, and amenities provided in the unit being vacated.
  (e) The provider shall be required to arrange and pay for all moving costs to the new facility and moving costs to the reconstructed facility, if the resident returns, as well as storage costs.
  (f) The resident shall only be required to pay to the provider the monthly fee required in the resident's contract, or the monthly fee in the new facility, whichever is less. The provider shall be required to make payment to the facility to which the resident is relocated.
  (g) Upon request by the resident or the resident's representative, the provider shall make available the services of a licensed medical or geriatric professional to advise the resident, the resident's representative, and the provider regarding the relocation of the resident. The provider may place a reasonable limit on the cost of the services of the medical or geriatric professional.
  (h) The provider shall identify unique service and care needs, if applicable, for a resident directly affected by the residential temporary relocation. The unique services and care needs identified shall be in writing and shall become a part of the resident's plan of care.
The provider shall set forth specific procedures for the resident to follow regarding relocation to the unit originally vacated, the selection of a new unit, and timeframes for making choices. Procedures for returning the relocated resident when residential units will be ready for occupancy shall include all of the following:
  (a) The provider shall provide the resident at least 60 days notice of the return to his or her unit or a substitute permanent unit, and subsequent notices 30 days and seven days prior to the return date.
  (b) The resident shall have the right to return to his or her previously occupied unit or a unit comparable in services, size, features, and amenities to the unit originally vacated, without payment of any further entrance or accommodation fee. The provider is not required to guarantee a specific unit. Assignment of units shall be based upon the length of occupancy of returning residents.
  (c) If the residential temporary relocation of a resident of a continuing care retirement community will exceed 18 months, the resident shall have all options allowed by Section 1793.82, unless there is a written agreement between the affected resident and the provider as described in subdivision (d).
  (d) If a provider determines that the period of residential temporary relocation, as defined in paragraph (8) of subdivision (r) of Section 1771, will exceed 18 months, the provider may extend the period of residential temporary relocation for up to six months for an affected resident if that resident has agreed to the extension in writing. The written agreement shall state that by signing, the resident waives all rights to relocation options offered in Section 1793.82 for the period of the extension.