Sec. 21785. (1) If a nursing home proposes to discontinue operation, the licensee shall notify
the department of public health and the department of social services of the impending
discontinuance of operation. The licensee shall notify the patient and the patient's next of kin, patient's representative,
and the party executing the contract under section 21766 1 of the proposed date of the discontinuance. The notice shall be sufficient to make suitable arrangements for the transfer and
care of the patient.
(2) The notices required by this section shall be given not less than 30 days before
(3) The licensee and the department of social services shall be responsible for securing
a suitable relocation of a patient who does not have a relative or legal representative
to assist in his or her relocation before the discontinuance of operation. The licensee and the department of social services shall keep the department of
public health informed of their efforts and activities in carrying out this responsibility. The department of social services shall make available to the licensee and the department
of public health assistance necessary to assure the effectiveness of efforts to secure
a suitable relocation.
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