I was pressured to sign admission papers to a nursing home for my mother following her stroke. My mother lives in the US and I live in the UK. I was told by the manager at the nursing home that once my mother's assets and debts were disbursed (the outstanding mortage on her house exceeds its value) that Medicaid would cover the remainder of her care after her monthly pension. However, Medicaid has dragged the time out, and though we are still awaiting decision on appeal, the nursing home says they will collect the $28000+ she owes from me.
At the time I was signing papers I had just had a long haul flight after several days of fright having learned of her stroke. My son is her financial power of attorney and has been working with the nursing home on the medicaid application. The firt attempt was rejected for lack of life insurance details. It took months to get the life insurance company to finally say she had no cash value on the policy. We thought everything would be sorted out and that by signing I was merely making it easier for the nursing home to get my mother's medical records from various other doctors. She was in excruciating pain with no relief because they could not get details of her previous injuries. So I was so stressed to get her relief, I didn't realise I was making myself responsible for her nursing home debt.
Can her nursing home debt follow me to the UK? I have no means to pay it. I am too ill to work and only receive United Kingdom disability living allowance income until Autumn 2016, at which time I will have to reapply for it.