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What You Need to Know About Medicaid’s Personal Needs Allowance

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Dec 02, 2022 | 0 Comments

Seniors who rely on Medicaid and live in nursing homes receive a personal needs allowance — a monthly stipend the Medicaid recipient can use to pay for needs that Medicaid does not cover. Medicaid restricts the amount of the allowance and how it is used. If recipients do not use all the money they received in a month, they may risk losing their coverage.

Resources for Caregivers of Older Adults with Dementia

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Nov 25, 2022 | 0 Comments

Every year, 16 million people in the United States care for family and friends with dementia, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. Caregivers of people with dementia provide care for longer durations than those who assist individuals with other conditions. They also have comparably higher risks for anxiety, depression, and reduced quality of life. One-third of caregivers of elders with dementia are older adults themselves.

No Will? You're Putting Your Kids at Risk

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Nov 18, 2022 | 0 Comments

Many people delay the conversation or thoughts of having to prepare a will. Confronting the possibility of one’s death is not easy. However, as the recent death of Anne Heche shows us, not having a will can place a significant burden on your children and cause undesirable complications. Even if difficult, planning ahead may be a better solution than the alternative.

What Is the Difference Between a Springing and Non-Springing Power of Attorney?

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Nov 11, 2022 | 0 Comments

A power of attorney is a document that grants various powers and responsibilities to a trusted third party or “agent” who can act on your behalf. This document usually only allows an agent to make non-medical decisions on your behalf. A power of attorney can be a valuable planning tool that lets you decide in advance who will manage your affairs should you become unable to do so. It can also be a way to avoid expensive guardianship or conservatorship proceedings if you become disabled or incapacitated.

What Is a Life Estate?

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Nov 04, 2022 | 0 Comments

The phrase “life estate” often comes up in discussions of estate and Medicaid planning, but what exactly does it mean? A life estate is a form of joint ownership that allows one person to remain in a house until his or her death, when it passes to the other owner. Life estates can be used to avoid probate and to give a house to children without giving up the ability to live in it. They also can play an important role in Medicaid planning.

What Are Medicaid Asset Protection Trusts?

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Oct 21, 2022 | 0 Comments

Medicaid imposes strict rules on how much money and assets an applicant can have. To qualify for Medicaid, you must fall under the asset limit, which is $2,000 in most states. Even with greater than $2,000 in assets, however, you may be able to get on Medicaid by establishing a Medicaid Asset Protection Trust (MAPT). When you put your assets in a MAPT, Medicaid will not count the money in the trust toward its resource limit.

Can a Nursing Home Hold Friends or Family Members Responsible For a Resident's Care?

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Oct 07, 2022 | 0 Comments

If your loved one is entering a nursing home, you may worry whether you could be liable for their care. Under federal law, a facility cannot require a family member or friend to co-sign an admission agreement and take on personal liability. However, nursing homes around the country still try to do so, and often these matters end up in court.

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