My dad is going to have to go into a nursing home.. we're working on that this week.
He will be a private pay since he has enough in monthly income along with his and mom's savings to pay for at least 4 years.
My question... if dad get's back to the point that he's healthy enough, he's going to want to go gambling at least once a week, if not more.
If he does this, and he lives another 3 - 4 years then he'll be out of savings and there will be a shortage for paying the nursing home. If Medicaid is needed will they look back and see that a portion of his savings went towards gambling outings and refuse to pay? We're not crazy about the gambling, but up to this point we've gone along with it because it was his money, he earned it, and as long as he paid my sis and brother in law for their care giving and his share of the bills, we felt he could do what he wants with his money. But the government might not feel the same three or four years down the road if he lasts that long and then his money is gone and he needs some help from them. I'm not sure we're going to get that through to him though...since he's thinking of today and not of three to four years down the road.