Hi all, first time poster with a mundane question: how to handle my dad's mail/bills efficiently.
My dad's recently moved to assisted living in an adjoining state because of cognitive issues, and I'm now handling his finances and healthcare issues (I've got PoA, etc.). I'm wondering how best to handle the issue of his "address".
Now that Dad's doctors have been updated about his move, he's starting to get some medical bills sent to him at the assisted living facility. I'd rather those bills get sent to me, so that I can pay them promptly and reduce the risk of Dad losing them/forgetting to give them to me. I've looked into online billing/statements/etc. for everything I can, trying to move to email/online payments and eliminate paper mail. Still, not everyone offers it, and I'm terrified that I'm going to miss something.
How best to deal with this? Tell all his doctors that his address is my address, so all correspondence comes to me? Keep playing whack-a-mole, telling individual doctors that he lives at the ALF address but to use my address as the billing address?
And what about things like insurance/Medicare/pension/Social Security? I feel like telling them his "address" is mine in a different state could cause confusion. Is there a way to clarify for them where he lives vs. where notices and such should be sent?
I don't want to cause confusion about where Dad actually lives, but don't want to miss anything important, either. The assisted living facility offered to forward any mail Dad gets to me (other than magazines/cards/etc.), and initially I told them that wasn't necessary because I didn't want Dad to feel like he had no knowledge of what was going on, but now I'm wondering if that's the best solution. Any advice?