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Is There Any Way Mom Can Inherit Money Without Losing Medicaid?

My 85-year-old mother lives in Iowa and is in assisted living and on Medicaid after a major stroke four years ago. She has been a widow raising seven children alone since 1966, and has never had any money to speak of in all that time. Her brother recently passed away and left her and her sisters money. It is an amount Mom cannot spend within a month. She does not need anything for her apartment or herself and she cannot travel.  She has paid for her funeral arrangements, etc. What can she do so she doesn't lose her Medicaid? 

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tags: Medicaid Rules
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How Can We Convince My Father That Moving from the Nursing Home to Our House Is Not an Option?

My disabled father is currently in a nursing home but wants to move in with my husband and me.  He needs constant care -- he is on a feeding tube, his colostomy must be regularly changed, he needs bathing and he can't walk and has limited movement of his arms. My husband and I are barely home and would not be able to properly care for him. We have told him this but he is hard-headed and says he will be fine alone.  I am searching for some kind of rules or regulations to prove to him that we could get arrested for elderly neglect. Meanwhile, he is doing everything in his power to get kicked out of the nursing home so that I have no choice but to take him in. Please help!!!! 

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tags: Senior Living
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Who Pays the Nursing Home While Waiting for Medicaid Approval?

Can a person apply for Medicaid before assets are spent down to below $2,000? Once assets are down to $2,000, who is responsible for paying the nursing home costs while waiting for Medicaid approval -- the wife, the children? 

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tags: Medicaid Rules
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How Can I Seize Control of My Mother's Finances From My Sister?

My sister holds the power of attorney (POA) for our mother, but I think she is stealing from my mother. How do I go about getting the POA transferred to me? What documents do I need? 

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tags: Estate Planning, Guardianship/Conservatorship
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Will Medicaid Count an Investment Gone Bad As an Asset?

My mother has been in a nursing home for the past three years.  When she went to the home I had control of her funds through a power of attorney and have spent almost all of about $350,000 on her care. I did also make an investment that she and I had planned before she became incapacitated that did not work out.  We lost roughly $80,000 between the two of us.  Will this be held against her for Medicaid purposes? And if she has no money other than Social Security and two small retirement payments, what happens? 

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tags: Medicaid Rules
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Am I Financially Liable If I Sign a Nursing Home Agreement for Someone Else?

When a person enters a nursing home, who signs the legal documents? Themselves, the wife, the children, the stepchildren? Does signing make the person financially responsible for the nursing home costs? 

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tags: Senior Living, Estate Planning
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Does Medicaid's Lien on My Mother's Home Mean She'll Lose It?

Georgia Medicaid put a lien on my mother's home and property as a way to recover the costs incurred by my father's nursing home stay. Will she lose her property?  If she leaves the home and property to a child or grandchild, will they inherit the lien as well upon her death?  If the property is jointly owned with her child or grandchildren, can Medicaid still take the home and property?

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tags: Medicaid Rules
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Did I Read That Right -- A Medicaid Recipient Is Allowed Only $45 for Personal Care?

An 87-year-old woman with dementia is in a Medicaid-approved nursing home in Ohio, which allows only $45 a month for personal care. This barely covers hair care. If she needs clothing replaced, does she have to skip hair care? Or hope for gifts? 

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tags: Medicaid Rules

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