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Who is responsible for the nursing home bill?

Can the nursing home make me pay after my dad has died?
Status: Open    Sep 09, 2014 - 10:02 AM

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Aug 04, 2015 - 10:22 AM

Your father's estate is certainly responsible for any remaining balance due to the nursing home. Whether you are also personally responsible depends upon whether you signed a guarantee agreement when you admitted your father to the home. Many nursing homes request a guarantee by a third party.

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By lwshuey on Mar 24, 2017 - 08:46 AM | Like (0)  |  Report

My neighbor ran out of money about 5 months ago---her family member (poa) that took her there says he is not responsible for the debt. Upon her death this past week I as her neighbor was informed that we are to inherit this estate. Knowing this ---who will be responsible for this debt in your view? Are their liens put on properties in this case---or how is this taken care of to get this debt paid in full?

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Aug 05, 2015 - 09:01 AM

Many nursing homes will require that someone in the family guarantee payment of their bills. You should look at your parent’s intake contracts and papers.

Jun 17, 2016 - 09:10 AM

It depends on whether you signed on as a responsible party when you and/or your father signed the admissions paperwork. Most nursing homes require a family member to agree to pay the bill if the patient does not pay. You would have to review the paperwork that was signed.


Sep 09, 2014 - 10:27 AM

Only in certain rare circumstances, which do vary by state. I would contact an eldcare attorney familiar with the laws in your area.

Dec 07, 2014 - 09:29 PM

After my Dad passed, his lawyer told me all his debts - even IRS - died with him & that I didn't have to pay anything. (Doesn't mean they didn't try to collect... ;-) That was in Florida.

The Nursing home may have put a Lien on his Estate. You might want to check into that.

Source: My experience

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