If you voluntarily signed the admission agreement as a responsible party then you must give a good faith effort to use the resident’s resources to pay the bills.
Responsible parties are usually in charge of gathering all the nursing resident’s financial resources they can to make them available to pay the nursing facility.
Responsible parties also usually submit information and documents requested by Medicaid should their loved one require assistance to pay the long-term care bills.
If you do not send information on time to Medicaid or if you do not use the resident’s money to pay for nursing home care, you could find yourself liable for a hefty bill.
If you or someone else inherit from a resident’s estate, that estate can be charged for unpaid nursing bills.
Likewise, after the death of a person, the state may seek recovery of facility bills Medicaid paid, from the estate of the resident.
You are only liable to the extent you receive assets of the dead person’s estate. There can be important exceptions making you owe less.