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Are Children Liable to Pay for Their Parent's Nursing Home?

My wife and her sister are agents under a power of attorney for their mother. We live in Pennsylvania and her mother is in a nursing home here. After repeated verbal assurances from the nursing home's social worker that the nursing home understood why there was a delay in applying for Medicaid (and no communication from the home to the contrary), two weeks ago the nursing home's attorney demanded that we submit a Medicaid application. The application was submitted in compliance with the nursing home's timetable, but we are still dealing with getting additional information that Medicaid has asked for. Now we have received a letter from the nursing home threatening to bill us for approximately $110,000 in room and board costs. What is our liability?

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Who Gets to Decide Where Mom, Who Has Mild Dementia, Lives?

I and my two siblings are searching for a better home for Mom. Sister and brother, who spend very little time with Mom, believe she needs to be in a memory care home. I spend a lot of time with her and feel she would be just fine in an assisted living home with some help. Brother has power of attorney. What rights does Mom have regarding living arrangements? She was diagnosed with some level of dementia but she is high functioning and can take care of herself. What rights do I have in the decision? I am hoping to look at assisted living vs. memory care. I will not allow her to go back to a "lock-down” place again!

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Can I Take My Mother Out of a Nursing Home Over the Objections of Her Agent Under a POA?

My eldest brother, who is my mom's agent under a power of attorney, has put my mom in a nursing home. She does not want to be there -- she wants to live with me. Can I take her out of the nursing home?

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Can a Nursing Home Prevent a Mentally Competent Resident from Leaving?

The managers of a skilled nursing facility are preventing a mentally competent wheelchair user who lives in the facility from coming and going as she pleases. She would like to roll around the neighborhood and take public transportation to shop, go to movies, and meet friends. The managers have decided this is unsafe, despite her doctor saying it's okay. What recourse does she have?

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Can a Family Member Under a Personal Service Contract Receive Wages Through a Will?

I have questions about personal service contracts. 1.) Does the contracted person HAVE to draw the money? Can the contracted person keep the money where it is, not touch it, and avoid paying taxes on it? 2.) If there is money left over that was not allocated, what are the tax ramifications if the contracted person is an heir and is willed the remaining money?

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Should My Mother Stop Paying Her Credit Card Debt Now that She Is in a Nursing Home and on Medicaid?

My mother, who is now in a nursing home, has outstanding debt on her credit cards. Her only source of income is Social Security and a pension. Medicaid requires that this income go to the nursing home. What should she do about the credit cards? Should she stop paying them off?

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Am I Liable for My Spouse's Nursing Home Bill?

If my husband is in a nursing home and he depletes all his assets, will I be responsible for his nursing care costs, even if my assets are tied up in an IRA?

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How Much Can I Give Away Each Year?

How much money can I gift to my children and grandchildren each year without tax penalties to me or to them? 

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tags: Senior Living

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