No Nursing home May Require the Signature of a Responsible party
as a Condition of Admission
Nursing homes often try to get parties other than
the resident to assume personal financial responsibility by signing
as a “responsible party.” This is illegal.
Do not sign as a “responsible party,” “guarantor,”
”financial agent,” or any other term which personally
guarantees payment to the nursing home. If these terms appear in
the admission agreement, cross them out and replace them with “agent”
(not “financial agent”), or your title if you are a
legal representative such as a conservator or an agent under a power
of attorney. If possible, get the nursing home to initial such changes.
Agents and legal representatives are only required to use the resident’s
funds to pay the facility; they do not assume personal liability.
Read admission agreements carefully! If you have questions about
“responsible party” issues, talk to a qualified attorney.
CANHR also has a helpful free factsheet about admission agreements;
call us at (800) 474-1116 for more information or download the fact
sheet from www.canhr.org.