Everyone must sign a contract before becoming a resident in a nursing home. The contract is a legal agreement spelling out rights and responsibilities for both the resident and the facility. It is the first place you should look to determine the nursing facility’s promises and obligations — and can serve as a good checklist to follow to make sure care and services are as represented as the relationship proceeds.
Never sign a contract during the first visit to a nursing facility. Take it home and review it with family members or other trusted people. Also, consider reviewing it with a health care provider, financial advisor, or lawyer.
The contract should cover charges and services, policies on liability and complaints, and the rights and responsibilities of all involved.
Be sure you understand when the resident must sign the contract versus when a third party is allowed to sign — as well as the obligations that come with making it final.