My mom is 84, and she is ready to sell her 2nd floor condo (no elevator!) and is looking at moving into an ALF in Indiana. This facility costs over $3K per month, but they have told her (and me and my brother) that once her money runs out (they leave some small amount) she will be able to apply for a state Medicaid waiver and then they will only take half of her SSN each month. The facility seems very nice, and mom really wants to do this. The biggest question is whether or not "something could happen" which would cause her to end up with no money and not being able to live there. I was assured by the staff there that the only reason the Medicaid waiver might be denied was for concealing assets, and this is not going to happen... even once her condo is sold, she will only have about $70K total, and it will all be liquid, not "hidden".
My brother and I are sort of worried, because this all seems too good to be true. We have been assured by both the facility and another lady from my brother's church who specializes in helping seniors find these facilities that this is all routine and there is nothing to worry about.
Has anyone had this type of experience, or what other questions should we ask? Her monthly SSN income is only about $1600.
At this point, our mom could sell the condo and simply get a 1st floor apartment for a while longer, but she really seems to want to move to the facility because she knows she will eventually need help, and because she likes the idea of having the meals and other social amenities.
Any thoughts or advice will be greatly appreciated!