When a doctor tells a patient that they need skilled nursing care, the patient, and his or her family, often experiences a wide range of emotions. They often do not think to consult an attorney. Given that the average monthly cost of nursing home care in Pennsylvania is $8,766.39 (in 2014), speaking with an attorney may create significant savings for the patient and/or family.
- Talk to your doctor and medical care professionals to discuss the patient’s diagnosis, likelihood of recovery and return home.
- Arrange for maximum level of therapy and care in the hospital.
- Discuss with the hospital financial representative to see if Medicare coverage will be available for rehabilitation and/or nursing home cost.
- Determine nursing facility of choice and availability of a bed there.
- Meet with nursing home officials to discuss care and housing option cost.
- Fill out nursing home application.
- If patient has a spouse, obtain a Resource Assessment form and complete all financial asset and income information with value of each asset exactly stated as of nursing home admission date; obtain proof from each bank, brokerage, etc.
- Contact an elder law attorney and schedule an appointment immediately after need for nursing home care is diagnosed; don’t wait; assets may be spent unnecessarily.
- Locate all financial information, statement values and all income information. We offer a questionnaire to help you on this.
- Bring copies of Will, Power of Attorney, asset and income information and completed questionnaire to your appointment with an elder law attorney.
- Follow advice of the attorney promptly and completely to obtain maximum asset preservation.
We are here to help with this difficult and sometimes frightening process.