My FIL has dementia, and already has been declared incompetent to manage his own affairs... he has been in a NC hospital for the last two weeks, as they try and deal with his physical and mental issues.
They are proposing to move him to a memory care facility, and one of his daughters has been in touch with a state agency that said he should immediately apply for Medicaid... for which purpose they want us to divest him of his assets (i.e. transfer them all to his wife's name). This advice is coming from someone who works for Stanley County NC (stanleycountync.gov).
Although this is being proposed as a correct course of action from a state official, it sounds a little bit like trying to hide his assets from Medicaid, which we would never do. (FWIW, the total assets for the pair is probably about $60,000, and the siblings are *not* trying to take a dime... everyone wants this money to be used for their care, whereever that is).
The siblings have contacted an elder-care lawyer, but they cannot get in to see her until Mar. 11. Meanwhile, this facility has an open bed and the hospital wants to move him there.
My wife is going to NC tomorrow to try and help with this... My main question is whether anyone (esp. in NC) has heard of this type of Medicaid maneuver and whether it is legal.... REMEMBER, the assets are being transferred to his spouse, not his children.