My 75 year old aunt lives a distance away. She is widowed and has no assets, only a very small monthly income. She qualified for medicaid this year and reportedly is on a waiting list for a space in a low-income senior apartment complex. I would like to send her a monthly or quarterly gift - a small amount to help her purchase basics. I do not want to send cash/check because I believe other family members that live with/near her will end up getting the money and my aunt will not spend it on herself. My idea is to send her gift cards, probably in the amount of $100 or so per month, for places such as supermarkets. This will limit the temptation to spend the money on non-frivolous things or non-deserving relatives. Does anyone foresee that gift cards would be traceable to her in terms of her medicaid or her qualification as "low income", or does anyone see another good option?