A Nursing Home is a facility where its residents can receive regular and ongoing nursing care. Nursing Homes will usually have an Agreement that sets out the obligations of the resident and the Nursing Home operator.
It is very important that you read the Nursing Home Agreement and obtain legal advice prior to signing it. You need to carefully understand what you and the operator will be required to do under the Agreement, what your entitlements are, the facilities and services available for you and the cost of these facilities and services, grievance procedures and how the agreement can be terminated by the parties.
The Nursing Home Agreement may have provisions such as:
- A requirement that a third party guarantee payment of the fees;
- How fees are to be paid and when;
- Residents must have a valid Enduring Guardianship and Enduring Power of Attorney;
- Additional surcharges that may apply in certain circumstances (eg should the level of care increase);
- Waivers excusing the Nursing Home operator from liability in the event of illness or injury arising during the period of your residence;
- Notice periods that operate should you elect to terminate the Nursing Home Agreement;
- Whether the Nursing Home operator accepts Medicare.
If you require assistance in the review of a Nursing Home Agreement, you may wish to contact our office and arrange an appointment to see one of Aged Care & Elder Law Solicitors in our Sydney office. By appointment, we can also arrange a time for you to see one of our lawyers at a branch office. For a complete listing of our branches please see our "Locations" tab.
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