Vermont Nursing Home Lawyers

Lawyers can help you figure out if your loved one has a case against nursing homes. In Vermont, Nursing Home Lawyers help seniors that need legal advice and services. If you are having legal issues regarding the care of your senior loved one, or other legal matters, you should contact an elder law attorney to help you with your senior care needs.

You may need help understanding a contract, which many caregivers and seniors often do. The nursing home contracts can be long and confusing, but don’t be mislead in your senior care search, there are many services available to help you. Figuring out the legal contracts can be tedious, but you may be able to contact a geriatric care manager, or an elder law attorney for help. You will need to review the contract with your senior loved one and make sure that you understand the contract. Some contracts may have confusing or misleading clauses, so mark any items you don’t understand to receive further clarification later. If you have questions plan to sit down with the facility director to discuss them.

Your senior loved one will be required to sign the contract, and if they are unable to sign, a legal representative or power of attorney must sign on their behalf. You will find that the biggest problem areas can be payment issues. The contract must include charges, information on resident rights, and consent agreements, therefore, make sure to read each one carefully. Some nursing homes may try to get you to pay privately for a period of time before claiming Medicare or Medicaid, which is illegal. If you accidently agree to this, you may want to consult a lawyer to help you. You will also need to look for statements that will leave you responsible for make payments to the nursing home if your loved ones money runs out. In order to avoid this, make sure that you, the caregiver, are not listed as your loved ones “financial agent”. Avoid contracts that force you into binding arbitration, as you would then give up the right to sue in the court of law. Any agreements that include a “waiver of liability” is also illegal, and you should not sign it. Always keep a copy of the agreement and any addendums in one place that is easily accessible.

If you do not read the contract carefully, you may get into trouble later on when your loved one passes away. If your loved one was in a nursing home, and passes away, you may be responsible for the debt that was left behind. If you are a power of attorney, you are not responsible for the debts, but if you signed on the contract that you were the seniors personal guarantor, you may have took the obligation to pay expenses and costs that were not covered by insurance. If the nursing home starts contacting you, you will need to have the original paperwork and agreements in hand, you will want to contact the facility administrator to resolve the issue, you may then need to contact an ombudsman to help investigate the claims, and lastly you may need to contact a nursing home lawyer to help you with your case.

Lawyers can help you solve legal matters that you or your senior loved one may run into when working with senior care facilities. The law is usually on your side, and residents have many rights. If you think you need help, don’t be afraid to call an elder law attorney for a consultation. Have all of your paperwork readily available, and be ready to state your claim. If you think you need legal advice, it is best to get it sooner than later.

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