My mother went to a rehab facility after hospital stay. During her stay she had chest pains and went to the ER. They found 3 blockages and fixed them. She then went back into the rehab facility/SNF. She was supposed to be discharged Wednesday. My father went to the facility and agreed to private-pay for a month. However, he did not return with payment and is not returning their phone calls.
I spoke with him yesterday and this was what he said
His attorney advised him to not pay and not to have contact with them.
The facility would have no choice but to keep her. He also asked me not to have any contact with the nursing home and if I did not to tell them anything.
My father has been her caretaker for the last year-and-a-half due to a leg amputation. He wants to put her in a nursing home permanently so he does not have to care for her any longer.
He has been working with an attorney to separate the assets and whatever else needs to be done legally so that Medicaid will pay for her to be in the nursing facility.
All legalities should be finalized next week.
My mother was okay with staying another month so she could get physical therapy with her leg.
As of yesterday, she is extremely frightened and scared of what's going to happen to her because they have not heard from my father. Because of the unknown, and his lack of response, now she wants to go home.
Basically he is not going to pay and just left her there.
I also have a power of attorney for my Mother's medical and financial.
My question is:
What are the options for the SNF if he doesn't make the payment today and he refused to tell them anything? Which I already know, he will not. From an SNF standpoint what happens to my mother?
Are they legally obligated to keep her? Do they contact legal officials such as social services etc?
If pick her up and take her to her home, well that make me legally responsible for her care?
Once all the legalities are finalized early next week, and if she is home and does not want to go back once Medicaid is setup to psy. Can he force her to return to the SNF against her will?
If not, what happens if he simply leaves the house and refuses to care for her?
I realize I have lots of questions, but if you could give me the legal answers to the above I would appreciate it.
Should I inform the SNF that he has been advised by his attorney not to make this payment and all legal paperwork will be done early next week so Medicaid will pay? Are they legally responsible to keep her if I tell them what's going on?
What options does the SNF have if no one picks her up today?
Is there an organization or person that I can speak with that can advise me on what to do?