I have cared for my 96 year old mother for 5 years. I moved into her home which is our family farm with my husband and it is our home too. 8 months ago I saw a elder law attorney. We set up a notarized Adult Child Caregiver Exception, supposedly with this in effect when my mom ever had to go to a Nursing Home there is no look back period and her home is transferred to me.
Has anyone heard of this? I am thinking about getting a second opinion due to the fact this attorney seems to say somethings that are conflicting and confusing.

Thank you everyone in advance for your help.

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In my state the recovery letter stated that a person maybe allowed to stay in the home under certain conditions but if sold, person leaves or dies, the lean placed on it will have to be satisfied.

There was a poster on the forum who said the home was transferred to her and she outright owned it. So again, it depends on the State.
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"The Caregiver Child Exception to The Medicaid Look Back Period 

In general, to qualify for Medicaid an individual must have very limited assets. There are certain assets that are not counted for Medicaid eligibility purposes, which may include the home the Medicaid Applicant was residing in, a car and personal property. Even though the assets may not be counted initially for eligibility purposes, Medicaid can recover against the estate of a deceased individual who was receiving Medicaid for the amount Medicaid paid for care.
Additionally, transfers (gifts) of assets by a Medicaid Applicant are subject to a 5-year look back period. Essentially, asset transfers for less than full value made within 60-months prior to the Applicant’s Medicaid Application are subject to a penalty period of Medicaid ineligibility. The Applicant will need to private pay for nursing home care during the penalty period.

There are exceptions to this penalty period for some transfers.

Caregiver Child Exception

One exception is The Caregiver or Caretaker Child Exception. This exception allows someone to transfer their home to their adult child without violating Medicaid’s lookback period on asset transfers. This exemption is very limited and to receive it a number of facts must be true.

The caregiver must actually be a biological or adopted child of the applicant. This can be shown by a birth or adoption certificate.

The caregiver child must have lived in the home with his or her parent for at least two years prior to the parent’s admittance to a nursing home or assisted living facility, and must still be living in the home when the transfer occurs. This can be documented by a drivers license, bills, or tax return.

The adult child must have provided a level of care that prevented the senior from needing to relocate to an assisted living facility or nursing home. This can be documented by a doctor’s or home nurse’s letter which should state that: If not for the care provided by the child for the last two years, the elderly parent would have required institutionalization.

For the Caregiver Child Exception to apply, the home must be transferred from the elderly parent to the caregiving child. Once transferred following the rules of this exception, the home is no longer subject to Medicaid recovery.

Note that there can be disadvantages to transferring the home. Among the many issues that should be considered:

The Medicaid Applicant no longer owns the home and is no longer in control of it or proceeds from its sale.

There may be income tax issues, such as the senior losing property tax exemptions, or capital gains tax liability could result for the adult child in the event he or she sells the home.

There may be expenses related to caring for the home that the transferee may not be able to pay. "
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