What is a Contract of Care?

A Contract of Care is the legal document that outlines the relationship between whoever is responsible for paying the nursing home bill and the nursing home. It should record all charges that will be payable by the bill payer and all services that will be provided by the nursing home. The resident may have requirements that will be met by the HSE through the medical card scheme and these will not be listed in the contract of care.

The contract must be agreed with the resident within one month of admission, and must clearly set out the services that they receive and the required fees. You can only be charged for services as set out in the contract. In general, Aperee will issue the Contract of Care within the first week of admission.