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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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Will My Mother's Social Security and SSI Benefits Stop When She Sells Her House?

My mother, who is 79, recently moved out of her home and into an apartment closer to me so I can help care for her.  She receives both Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.  When her house sells, will her benefits stop until all the money is gone? Does she need to report it to someone? 

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tags: Social Security
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Will Transferring His Income to Me Affect My Dad's Medicaid Eligibility?

My father made a revocable trust seven years ago. However, he did not transfer or give his money to me until seven months ago, and I put the money into an annuity. Now my father is facing nursing home placement but he will not be entitled to Medicaid assistance for approximately four and a half years. Is that correct? And the monthly income he has from his pension and Social Security -- should he transfer that to me, his daughter who is his agent under a power of attorney? I am going to take him into my house for now, and hopefully be able to care for him until his death.  (We live in Wisconsin.) 

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tags: Medicaid Rules
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Can My Father Repay a Loan Without Affecting His Medicaid Application?

My father is in a nursing home and I am starting the Medicaid application process. My sister lent him about $19,000 to help him out of a financial situation prior to 2007. She has documentation to support the loan. Can I repay her from his assets during the Medicaid process or is that considered a gift that would affect his eligibility?  He has $20,000 in liquid assets after the funeral benefit, and the nursing home wants him to private pay $16,000. I would rather repay my sister for the loan before the nursing home gets their piece. Can I do this? 

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tags: Medicaid Rules
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Is a Retirement Community's Verbal Promise Enforceable?

We entered into a written contract with a retirement community and added a verbal condition. They originally told us the condition was met and I have evidence of them saying so. This turned out not to be the case and I have evidence of this as well. The failure to live up to the agreement affected our health. We have been here one year and it's been nothing but a nightmare. We wish to leave, but they only want to return 76 percent of our entry fee. Is that fair? 

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tags: Senior Living

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