Cleveland nursing home faces scrutiny for leave-of-absence policy

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A Cleveland nursing home has been violating the rights of 144 residents by not allowing them to leave the facility without adult supervision, and thus violating the law, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

The leave-of-absence policy at University Manor Health and Rehabilitation Center calls for a "responsible adult" to sign the residents out, as well as leave an address and phone number and an estimated return time.
 
Resident James Walker sparked the investigation when he filed a complaint with the Cleveland Long Term Care Ombudsman Office on behalf of University Manor residents six weeks ago. The state interviewed residents and staff and reviewed the home's records in early June.

University Manor Administrator Laura Moyers said in a statement the home "has not and does not violate residents' rights." Michelle LoParo, a department spokeswoman, said the facility is appealing the findings, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

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