Can I still keep my house if mom goes into a nursing home?
I started out as a care giver for my father in 1997 when he had severe dementia, at that time my mother could not take care of him alone and asked me to quit my job and help take care of him. She promised to give me their home (which I've lived in all my life) as a show of gratitude.
I cared for my father until he passed away, then as fate would have it my mothers health started to decline so I went from taking care of my father to taking care of my mother.
My mother and her attorney signed the house over to me in may of 2008. I've been faithfully taking care of my 85 year old mother but a few weeks ago she was diagonosed with dementia. The last few weeks have been absolutely terrible for me because my mother has been suffering from hallucinations and restlessness through out the night. Just a few nights ago I was awakened at 3am to smoke alarms sounding. My mother had gotten out of bed during the night and turned every burner on the stove up to high, then she had unlocked and opened all the doors entering the house. I was petrified over this because she could have burned down the house killing herself, me and my 18 year old son or some violent intruder could have easily walked right into the home since all the doors were opened.
I'm sorry for all the back-story but my question is,
If I feel that I can no longer care for my mother and put her into a nursing home, will medicaid still take the house from me because five years have not passed? I have not worked a job since 1997 because I've been giving my life to take care of both parents and now I'm worried that me and my 18 year old son would be left homeless. I live in the state of Georgia if thats helpful.
I would be most gracious to everyone that can advise me. Thank you.