My 94 year old mother has been in assisted living for 2 years. She is legally blind (she has about 5% vision) and very frail. She gets around using her walker. She is on Medicaid. About 6-7 weeks ago she started having a rash that itched. The hospice people gave her an anti-itch cream that didn't seem to help. So, we took her to the doctor and they prescribed prednisone for the inflammation. This didn't seem to help, so they repeated it again and it still didn't help. A little over a week ago we were notified by the AL facility that mom's room had bedbugs. They told us that they had seen "something" like bedbugs a couple weeks earlier but "weren't sure". They didn't mention it to us when they had this suspicion and we, as well as the rest of the family continued to visit her regularly. Fortunately, no one in the family has had any bedbugs from the visits but we are diligent in inspecting for them now. The only time in the past couple months she left the facility was for doctor appointments or our house for dinner.
The AL will be treating her room soon and they have told us that any follow-up treatments may have to be paid by the family. Mom is on Medicaid and none of the family has the funds to pay for this. Since no one in the family has bedbugs, we suspect that someone in the ALF brought them into her room.
Can they require that the family pay for treatment when none of us brought them in? Could she be evicted for this? Should Medicaid be contacted?