My mother was recovering in a nursing home from broken hip and decubitus ulcer that she sustained while living in an ALF. She recovered and moved into another ALF. One year later, we receive a bill from the nursing home where she was recovering, that she owed $9,500!! Apparently, she "used up" her Medicare days, and was self pay for one month, and we (me as POA, and my mother) were not informed. Had we been informed, we would have moved her into the ALF sooner. Meanwhile, she is now in another nursing home, and application for Medical Assistance is pending. I paid part of the old nursing home bill ($3,500 of the $9,500), but she does not have any more funds to pay the remainder of the bill. I've been receiving bills from collections, which I sent to the Department of Social Services to report "unpaid medical bills" for the process of getting Medical Assistance. Meanwhile, the nursing home is taking my mother to court, and we have a hearing on March 24. Do I have any grounds for defending our position that we were not informed that she used up her Medicare days nearly two years ago in this former nursing home; and she has depleted all of her resources and is Medical Assistance pending? Am I personally responsible for paying the balance on this nursing home bill? I cannot afford an attorney to represent her at this point, because she is below the $2,500 allowed by Medical Assistance. I am burned out completely by this situation. All I want to do is take care of my mother.