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Dealing With Aging Parents/Loved Ones: Do Your Research

Web Blog From Bill McGinty/HAYDEN, Idaho. -  I responded to a viewer call recently about concerns over an aging parent being taken advantage of by an assisted living facility. When I made the initial inquiry, I was shocked by what I heard, some of which included the facility taking the 81-year-old man to the bank to make transfers and a $3,200 withdrawal. My interest peaked more when I heard that the facility had him sign a "contract". I thought, could this be legal, or even right?

I first called the Idaho Commission on Aging and was told that what took place was ok.  I said how could that be? How is ok for caregivers to take a man with dementia to the bank and then have him sign a contract? I was told that because the man was not declared incompetent by the courts, he could make his own decisions and sign his own documents. The family of the man in question raised a stink saying that he was not capable of making his own decisions and that two of his children had Power of Attorney for him. The corporate office of the assisted living facility told me they never received this document, nor had the bank, which is why the man was allowed to do his banking and sign his contract.  Did the facility do anything wrong? Not in the eyes of the state or the courts.

What I learned and passed of to the family of the man was this:  Research and documentation is the most important thing when considering long-term or respite care for an aging parent or loved one. Check with your state commission on aging and definitely the status of the facility's license and standing within the state.  Ask for references and if you have Power of Attorney documents, make sure all people involved have a copy that has been notarized.

KHQ will have an expert of hand to discuss this topic on Facebook during our 5:00 news tonight.  Please write in if you have questions.

 

 

 

 

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