We need to sell her house to either self pay for nursing home care or in home care. But if we sell her home, she won't quality for Medicaid for future help. Not really a question, but more of a rant! On top of ALL my other rants - I seem to have rants daily, and sometimes they are here and sometimes they are else where.

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Thank you for all of your responses! I do so appreciate them!

It is easier to get Medicaid if your private pay before. House has to be sold at Market value. Pay any bills outstanding and you can prepay her funeral. The rest can be used to private pay. When money starts to run out then apply for a Medicaid.

I don't get the comment "if we sell her home, she won't quality for Medicaid for future help". She can use the assets from the sale until they are gone and then apply for Medicaid, in fact many on the forum have been able to get into better nursing homes because they had the ability to self pay for a year or two.

Lost, see if you can get with an Elder Law Attorney who specializes in Medicaid. A lot of them offer a consult for free. There are ways around everything. I hear you about the rants. Hubby’s had the runs for going on three days.

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