My 84 yr. old mother has severe anxiety, especially when she must be alone while I work. I moved the 2 of us to Missouri 2 mon. ago to reduce my expenses to the point that I could be home with her more by working part-time. Trouble is, she now wants me to stay at home with her FULL-TIME. She wants to pay me $2,000/mo of her $2,200 SSI, IRA disbursement & pension as rent. I make all of her meals, wash her clothes, drive her to doctor appointments, manage her money, manage her medications, change her bed, do all of the housekeeping...basically what an assisted living facility would do for her. This "rent" would be my sole income and, from it, I would be paying the mortgage, property tax, homeowner's insurance, electric, phone, satellite TV, vehicle insurances, gasoline, any "entertainment" (eating out, movies, tickets for plays, concerts, etc) and food & medications for BOTH of us. My CPA says it's all legit if she signs a renter's agreement & that I would just file a tax return for the rental income. I want to keep her here at home as long as possible (hopefully until the end) but I'm realistic that it *may* not be possible & I'm absolutely PARANOID about Medicaid look-back. There is NO WAY I can afford to pay out of pocket for her care in a NH. Unfortunately, there are no elder lawyers in this rural area & I would have to drive 2.5 hrs to the nearest one. I already have medical AND financial POA. If I have her sign a rental agreement, will Medicaid see her "rent" payment to me as legitimate expenses or as a "gift"?