Is a spouse required to use all of his or her money to pay for the nursing home costs?
There are so many spouses who have come to me, and they are scared to death. They are emotionally vulnerable, and they believe that they are going to have absolutely nothing to live on if their spouse, who is sick, needs nursing home care. The Medicaid rules need to be understood, that a spouse can protect a certain amount of assets, and can protect an amount of income, of their very own. A qualified Elder Law Attorney will be able to explain exactly how much in assets and how much in income can help be protected, so that the spouse who's remaining in the community, the well spouse, will not have to worry about their own retirement years and where they are going to receive their day to day living expenses.