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What Are the Medicaid Implications of Sheltering an Alzheimer's Victim's Savings in a Separate Account?
In the case of an elder diagnosed with Alzheimer's, is it acceptable to transfer their savings into a separate account with the names of their children to safeguard the funds? The concern is the possibility of the elder with Alzheimer's having access to withdraw and/or gift the funds without realizing the consequences. Can the funds be maintained in this separate account and only withdrawn and transfered to the elder's normal account for paying their bills, personal needs, care, etc.? If the time should come for nursing home care and Medicaid application, and trackable documented transactions are maintained showing the funds were used for the elder's needs, would the full original transfered amount be considered available funds when determining Medicaid eligibility, or would it be the balance remaining in the account?
What you describe should work as long as you are able to document every cent. Otherwise the senior can be deemed ineligible for Medicaid benefits until the nursing home costs equal the amount transferred. The way this works is that Medicaid creates a period of ineligibility for benefits for a period of time based on the amount transferred. If you can show that the funds transferred were used for the elder, they will be deemed as having been returned and as if they had never been gifted in the first place. But the burden of proof is on you.