My friend is in a nursing home in CA. His physician has informed Social Security that he is not competent to take care of his finances. The only bill that he has is for the care facility and I help him make a check out for that each month. But he has an outstanding balance at the facility that he has been paying on. I would like for him to keep the responsibility of paying this bill with my help. But I do not want to be responsible for any outstanding bill if something should happen to him. The bill got past due when they failed to take him to the bank and did not mail a statement. The facility is currently under the DOJ and has many complaints against them. They take his whole check minus $35 for his personal needs. He really is competent in taking care of this one bill each month. He just gets confused sometimes on the date. I tell him what he owes, write the check and he signs it. I am currently his POA but let him keep the dignity of whatever he wants to handle.
Please advise me if I would be responsible for his debts and what I can do to help him. Thank you very much, Brenda