Excess cash on hand at date of application for Medicaid in Texas 2012.
My mother (93+) has been living in assisted living for number of years but now because of several reasons will need to go to skilled nursing. I have met with attorney specializing in elder care. It was determined she does not need the QIT or Miller's trust because her income is under the 2012 $2,094 in Texas. However, on July 31 (Medicaid application will be dated August 1) she will have $2,600 in on hand and in her checking and savings account. We were told by the attorney to spend $1,000 by July 31, buy her some clothes, etc.
Question: We are running out of ideas where to spend $1,000 in a matter of a few days. I would like to get her a notebook (PC) but afraid it will get stolen at the skill nursing facility. Clothes don't add up to $1,000. Any suggestions how to get rid of $1,000 legally in 3 days? We were told our mother could not give any of the money to her children.
Question: If we get the cash on hand down to $1,600, does she get to hold on to the $1,600 or does she have to give that up?
Question: she has been in a skilled nursing facility for over 30 days for rehab and therapy from knee surgery. We want her to go to another skilled nursing facility. If we move her to a different skilled nursing facility after she has met the 30 day requirement in the current facility, does she have to start over on the 30 days at the new skilled nursing facility.