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My mom is in assisted living now and my father passed away 11 years ago. I have to clear out the family home and am wondering if anybody has any good tips/advice. I'm planning on donating the furniture to Goodwill. In case my mom has to go to a nursing home in the future, is it okay if the furniture is donated (I'm aware of the 5 year look back)? Or, does Medicaid consider furniture as "assets" and expect family members to sell the furniture for profit? I'm trying to do this as quickly as possible because I live two states away & I feel as if a donation would be a nice gesture. Plus, I don't feel as if the furniture is worth a whole lot to go through the trouble of inviting strangers in to shop. I just don't want to jeopardize a future Medicaid approval in case they think of furniture donations as "gifting!" I appreciate any input, thanks!

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If they are antiques, which would bring a lot of money, then Medicaid maybe interested. Otherwise, do what you want with them. I gave all Moms stuff away that one of us didn't take.
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worriedinCali May 9, 2019
Medicaid isn’t interested in antiques.

the ONLY time furniture and material possessions come in to play is during MERP and very few states actually policies that require the persons assets to be liquidated for cash & the cash handed over to Medicaid. Medicaid themselves will never ever take possession of material possessions.
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When you are towards the end of cleaning out, but before you hire a dumpster, have a bargain basement tag sale. Indicate that there are lots of furniture.When folks get there, tell them that every funiture item or set cost a dollar. My neighbor did that and cleared out by noon
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Furniture doesn’t count for Medicaid.
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Agree with worriedinCali

Medicaid does not care about furniture.

Just my experience:

Goodwill is sometimes fussy about what they will take. And some charities will not deal with your heavy stuff if they have to climb up and down stairs. My experience, if you cannot use Goodwill, is that the most lenient is Habitat for Humanity if that exists where your mother's home is.

I had to clear out my mother's condo about a year ago. There were furniture items that no charity would take. And, other things, such as 400 hardback books (yes!). At the end of the process of donating and throwing away about 35 big Hefty. bags of just pure junk, and selling what I could, but to dealers who paid cash up front (not consignment)......and not using an app like OfferUp or LetGo..... I hired a specialized company that came and packed up everything that was left, including the furniture that no charity wanted......and they took it all to their charity.....which was going to sort through it all and either give it away to someone who needed it or take it to the junkyard. And, I got a receipt for the whole thing which ended up being helpful for taxes.
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You can donate the furniture. Medicaid won’t ask about it. It’s not an asset.
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