Taking Care When Admitting a Parent to Nursing Home Care
Read the Fine Print
Making the decision to place your parent in nursing home care is often an emotional and exhausting experience, as many families of the 1.5 million Americans currently residing in the nation's 16,000 nursing homes have doubtlessly found out before you.
Once it's your turn to make the move on Mom's or Dad's behalf, you will be worried about the kind of care your parent will receive and their emotional reaction to the move. And one of the last things you'll want to worry about is the paperwork, but the nursing home contract is one of the most important things to merit your attention.
The "Admission Agreement" is a legally binding contract between the patient and nursing home defining the services to be provided by the nursing home and laying out the responsibilities of the patient. Because this is a legal commitment, it is important that you and your parent know exactly what needs to be signed. Regardless of whether you've had a chance to read and understand what the contract says, once it is signed, your parent (and in some cases you) will be bound by the contents of the agreement.(MORE)
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