Some nursing homes are finding ways to go after the children of their patients for medical expenses by using language in intake forms that identifies them as “responsible parties.” Typically elderly patients have someone act as their agent, or have a power of attorney, but signing as a responsible party may open the door for the nursing home to come after the children directly for any debts after their family member’s death. Some states are passing laws making this a reality for all patients, but in others the family must be aware of the specific language in the documents provided to them. See article from Palm Beach Post.

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