Residents of a California nursing home are now facing a cost-of-living increase of more than $1,000 a month in rent and other fees, sparking community outrage, according to a report.
Murrieta resident Yvonne Collins, whose mother and stepfather live in Paradise Village in National City, Calif., was told by her mother that a newsletter informed them they would be required to pay an additional $1,000 in rent each month, FOX 5 in San Diego reported .
National City is about six miles from San Diego.
“They couldn̵[ads1]7;t believe it. My mom said, ‘The rent is going to go up $1,000’ — and I’m like, ‘There must be a mistake.’ Nobody does. Then I took a look at the newsletter — and sure enough, it was true,” Collins said, FOX 5 reported.
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In the newsletter, Paradise Village management announced that beginning in October, residents living with two people in a unit, such as an elderly couple, will now be charged $1,000 more a month while all residents will see their rent increase by $100.
Collins said her mother and stepfather, who fell in love with the residence after their first tour and have enjoyed living there for a year, are now worried they may no longer be able to afford it.
“I’m mad. I can’t believe anyone would do this. My mother and her husband are 85 years old, on a fixed income. Most of the people in there are in their 80s – I’ve met people who are 95. They’re coming not to go and get a new job. There’s no way for them to increase their income when they’ve managed themselves on a certain budget,” Collins told FOX 5.
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Collins said management described the price increase as an increase in fees and not rent, and that the distinction was legally justified.
“It’s stupid. Even people who have been there for two months are now going to have a $1,000 raise? What are their choices? To move, to go through the cost of moving? I’m very upset and appalled that someone could do this to the elderly — or anyone,” Collins added, FOX 5 reported.
Paradise Village management justified the price increase as necessary to offset the rising costs of labor, food and supplies.
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Rent at Paradise Village, located at 2700 East 4th Street in National City, starts at $2,800 a month for Assisted Living, and $3,640 a month for Independent Living, according to Caring.com.