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My mother recently changed assisted living facilities. She is on a monthly spend down with Medicaid that goes directly to the facility and that along with her cost is debited directly from her checking account each month. I've noticed this new facility is sending me a statement each month along with any other bills directly to me. I have ask them to send in her name and in C/O to my name. I have financial DPOA and as such do pay all her bills but don't want to take a chance on being made directly responsible for her bills from my finances. Is this the best way to handle this or should I have a lawyer draw up guardianship and go that route. I have been relying on the DPOA and DMPOA to get things done and haven't run into any problem so far. When she was admitted I had her sign all admission papers and only signed where it was required as DPOA.

Make sure that whatever bills you pay comes into the Medicaid spend down. Always pay bills from her account not yours.
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I got Moms bills to my house from the AL that included the perscriptions. As long as you sign POA you can not be held responsible for her bills. I would ask again that you have your name in c/o. All Moms bills were paid from her checking account.
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By “statement”, do you mean something you need to pay or a copy of what was paid? I got those each month from my mom’s NH but it was just a rundown of what was paid and how much and it was for my records. What other bills do you get from the facility and for what? I never got any that had to be paid from the NH. She had a personal account that she used for the hair salon. Do you pay these from joint account with her as the primary? That’s what I did. But I never made any deposits of my own money into that account. Whatever went in or came out was all her’s.

Guardianship is a little extreme and also expensive and time-consuming. Go to the facility’s financial department with the statements and ask about how they’re keeping your mom’s account. They’re usually happy to explain.
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