I am a disability advocate-doing some senior advocacy for my wife's friend. Jim- placed his mother in a PA based N-home app. 6 months ago. He had & has been taking care of her finances prior to her residency. The NH is claiming that he has "stolen" money from them since they were not notified of his ability to access her accounts before she was accepted to the home. Jim has only used mom's account for things she wanted. The NH intends to charge him a large fee-- to recover what is owed. However they are also including as part of their calculations-- a large chunk of time BEFORE she was ever a resident there.
Now I am primarily an advocate for younger disabled folks, but I've dealt with NHs before. This sure sounds like a Rights violation- either as an illegal backdoor pre-admit fee (mom was already receiving medicare when admitted to the NH) or as a denial of her right to designate someone besides the NH to care for her finances. I just wanted to get some feedback from some of ya. Has anyone ever heard of this tactic before? Some Pennsylvania based resources would be welcome. some strategies for advocacy would be great too