When my Mom was admitted to the nursing/rehab facility directly from the hospital after surgery, they gave me many, many papers to sign. The Admission Agreement was like 50 pages long. I was NOT legally my Mom's POA at the time but she was pretty "out of it" and couldn't sign any documents for herself. I was VERY CAREFUL to not sign anything that made me financially responsible for her stay there. During this process, I was also presented with a 5 page "Arbitration Agreement" of which I refused to sign at the time (either did my Mom as she couldn't physically sign anything at that moment). I told them I wanted to read it over. They were okay with that at the time.
A couple of weeks after her admittance, I retained an excellent Elder Law Attorney and I was "legally" made my mother's POA. I gave him copies of the Admission Agreement and all other paperwork and we have been working on many, many legal documents (including getting her Medicaid Application going). I told him that I NEVER signed the Arbitration Agreement. I have since read the entire Arbitration Agreement and there is NO WAY I want to sign this document as I would give up any right to sue the facility should they harm my mother. Fast forward 2 months since my mother's admission, and the Admissions Coordinator is pressuring me to sign the Arbitration Agreement. I again told her I needed to speak to our attorney before I sign anything more and she didn't seem too happy about that.
I will be speaking with our attorney shortly but I just wanted to know if anyone else came across this document? I know from reading and researching that this type of document is being "inserted" in the mounds of paperwork the facility gets the patient/families to sign at admission and the horror stories of regret that they did so after their loved one was injured. Were your coerced into signing this document? Can the rehab/nursing home discharge your loved one after 2 months of being in their care for refusing to sign this? I'm no expert, but just reading the legalize contained in this 5-page document causes me to conclude that signing this is NOT in my Mom's or my (as POA) best interests. Thoughts? Are there any Elder Law experts on this forum who can opine?
Yes, I know I can ask my elder law attorney, but it's now the weekend and I was just looking for others' experiences. I live in New York State.