What is the best way (or ways) to pay when you run errands for your elderly parents, to keep Medicaid from saying in the future that they might be gifts, if you ever had to apply for Medicaid?
Myself, I have used a combination of payment methods. Whether or not these are the best ways to be paying, you tell me...
LOCAL STORES: I tend to use her cash withdrawn from her bank for her groceries and hardware items, and keep the receipts, as well as keeping good records of such. I used to just put it on my credit card, or pay with my cash, and then have her pay me back by check, but I changed that practice. Maybe I should be writing checks from her account instead of using her cash, or does it really matter? I hate writing checks in stores, but she does have an account where I can sign as POA (my name is on the checks as the POA). I don't use her credit card at local stores, seeing as only she is on the account, but maybe I can use a debit card if I get one for her? She does not have one, and I have never used one before.
UTILITIES AND SOME BILLS: Checkbook.
OTHER BILLS: Credit card.