As our loved ones get older, one of the toughest decisions that families have to make is how to handle elderly care. There are a fortunate few who are able to remain independent for most, if not all, of their lives. For a great many others though, there reaches a time where the elderly are just not able to care for themselves any longer. At this point, there are two basic options that are available for the family. One is to have family members take care of the elderly, and the other is to move the elderly into an assisted living or skilled nursing facility.
For those that are considering the move into a nursing home, don’t sign an agreement until you get legal advice. There is a lot of information that is outlined in these nursing care agreements. It is important that everyone in the family has a full understanding of all of the responsibilities and liabilities for the long-term care of their loved one.
What You Need to Know About the Contracts
So what are nursing contracts? These are documents that every resident or power of attorney must sign before they will be admitted into the nursing home. This admission contract is a legally binding contract that details the conditions which all parties must accept before the nursing care patient is admitted. There are a lot of details in these contracts but here are some of the most important ones to look for before signing the nursing care contract.
The first part of the agreement to make sure of is that the facility is fully licensed to provide all of the levels of care needed. Also, there should be an explanation of rights that is clearly outlined and explained. This should also include an outline on the procedures for filing grievances, complaints, the bed hold policy (right to hold the room while the person is in the hospital or other facility), all other services provided or offered, and of course a clear outline of all of the charges that can and will occur.
As far as costs go, there is a basically daily, monthly, or annual rate which covers all of the basic services. These basic services should also be clearly outlined. Most basic services include room and board, meals, housekeeping, social services, nursing care, help with hygiene and other health care, adequate protections from accidents and other minor health care related issues, and access to social and rehabilitative activities.
There should also be a clear explanation of the costs of moving between facilities and the level of care that is provided at each. Not everyone needs the same level of nursing care and a person’s required level of care might go up or down at certain times. Most nursing homes provide accommodations for different levels of care but switching between levels of care can come with an additional cost.
Making the decision to place a parent or partner in a nursing home is one of the most difficult decisions that any person has to make. There is a lot to understand so you should consider getting legal advice. Make an appointment by calling 9615 9635 or go online to schedule an appointment or even a house call.