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I am illegible for the Medcaid spin down program but have not used it yet. I own a home that has a big hard to maintain yard. I would like to sell it and move close to my daughter,

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Jinni - your realization that your home is too large & yard too too big & you want to find a new place is wonderful. Many of this site have parents that just refuse any talk or thought of moving! So kudos to you!!

I'd suggest that you clearly talk with your daughter as to what options are like for where she lives. There could be an Independent Living community that could work. Try to talk with your friends & church members as to places they have known others to have moved into so you have a somewhat narrow list of places to look at.

Also keep in mind that when you sell your place it will provide a bundle of money for you to have. The $ must be used for your needs and your care IF it's anticipated that Medicaid will be needed later on. You cannot gift to your daughter or others. The sale of the house is recorded and to the penny. You can spend some $ to have all your legal updated, get a fully prepaid funeral policy, get dental work done or pay for other personal care services. Perhaps set $$ aside for future care costs. Sometimes a parent will do a personal services contract with a family member to provide care or other services, done by a legal contract with taxable income. If house sale is a good bit of $$$$, maybe do a medicaid complaint special needs trust. It's a lot to consider, really talk things over with your daughter and see an elder law atty to discuss options for your unique situation. You can take your time to look at moving options & get downsized before even putting your place up for sale.
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Please don't uproot yourself thinking your daughter will suddenly be at your beckon call. It just doesn't happen.
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As long as you used the proceeds from the home sale for your care it will not change your status with Medicaid. The home proceeds would also need to be spent down to become Medicaid eligible.

But, do not gift the money from house sale to anyone and think that will be part of your spend down. That will effect your eligibility.
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