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Tip: Avoid signing nursing home agreement

A recent elder advocate forum cautions not to sign a document when admitting a parent, grandparent, friend, or spouse to a nursing home unless you are acting as a power of attorney or guardian. One person recently made the mistake of doing so and receiving billings for transportation costs not covered by Medicare or Medicaid. The Nursing Home Reform Law prohibits a nursing home from requiring a third party guarantor as a condition of a resident’s admission or continued stay.