Here's the situation: an elderly woman who'd previously been in AL went into rehab following a minor fall (no major injuries). She has some mild cognitive impairment but is still moderately functional; uses a walker, but gets around reasonably well. The rehab facility told the family they felt she could not return to AL...wanted to place her in their locked memory care unit. At this point no official dx of dementia had been made, but tests were scheduled. The family felt like the facility was trying to force mom into their memory unit unnecessarily, and considered removing her. The facility social worker told them that would be against medical advise (AMA). We advised them to be cautious about doing this.
As it turned out their mom passed her tests and WAS allowed to return to her AL facility, but what if they HAD pulled her from rehab AMA? Could the facility have reported them to APS? Wondering if anyone else has had any experience with this.