What happens to my home if I go into a nursing home?
The home must be listed for sale after a person has been in the nursing facility for 6 months with the following exceptions:
  • The spouse lives there.
  • A child under age 21 or an adult child between 21 and 65 who is disabled lives there.
  • An adult child over 65 who is financially dependent on his/her parent for housing lives there.
  • A sibling has lived in the house for at least one year immediately before the date the individual was admitted to the nursing home. Also, the sibling must have verified equity interest in the home.

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1. Do I have to be appointed the legal guardian or have power of attorney to apply on the patients behalf?
2. Do I have to pay all my income to the nursing facility in I stay an entire month?
3. If I am discharged to my home, must I pay my income to the nursing home?
4. If I die while I am a resident of a nursing facility, can my personal allowance funds held by the nursing home go to a designated person?
5. If I must spend down some of my assets to quality, can I pre-plan my burial?
6. Can my spouse or dependent children in the community have my assets and income?
7. If I am a community spouse, must I spend the excess assets solely on nursing home costs?
8. Does the Medicaid program recognize common law marriages?
9. What happens to my home if I go into a nursing home?
10. If I have provided care for the nursing home patient, can the home be transferred to me?
11. If there an alternative to nursing facility placement?
12. Will I be eligible for any assistance after I am discharge from the nursing home?
13. What can I do if I disagree with a decision made regarding my application?