My niece is putting my mom in a nursing home tomorrow. She is POA. Who makes decisions about my mom's house? - AgingCare.com

My niece is putting my mom in a nursing home tomorrow. She is POA. Who makes decisions about my mom's house?

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My niece, my brother, and I are the inherents. My niece is power of attorney. Who can make decisions about my mom's house... like who house sits, makes decisions about repairs, and who watches house and things like that?

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BTW. If mom is in a NH, she is still responsible for all taxes and maintainence
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Remember this is tough on the POA to make these decisions and to spend time to carry out those plans. She is still responsible to spend Mom's money on Mom's care. Please don't add more stress by being greedy. If someone wants to stir the pot and add any legal interference the future inheritance will be spent down even faster.
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Your mother gets to make decisions about her property and other assets if she is able to. Your profile says she has dementia, so that may not be possible.

If Mother can't make decisions, then the POA does -- that is exactly what the POA is set up for. The POA cannot make decisions about what other people will do. For example, she cannot tell you that you have to be responsible for lawn care, and somebody else needs to paint a room. The POA can decide "the lawn needs to be mowed regularly" and family members can volunteer or she can hire someone to do it. She can't set requirements for other family members.

If your mother is on or plans to apply for Medicaid to pay for the NH, it would be a good idea for the POA to spend some of your mother's money to consult an attorney who specializes in Elder Law to determine the best ways to handle the house. Of course you cannot insist on that, but you might pass the idea on to her.

(Your niece is your mother's granddaughter, right? Hmm. I now have one of my children listed as POA. I wonder if/when it would be good to switch to a grandchild.)
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Tone47,
This will undoubtedly affect you.
Do you live with Mom?
Were you caregiving Mom?
Do you want her to go?
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How is mom's care going to be paid for?
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Also, if the house is sold before your mother's death, the money must only be used for her care in the nursing home. Otherwise, if she needs to apply for Medicaid, she will be denied until the profit is regained somehow and spent on her nursing home care. If Medicaid comes into the picture, you can basically kiss the house goodbye for they will sell it in order to recoup some of the money they paid out for her care in the nursing home. Be careful!
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The POA is the legal authority in making decisions regarding property and finances - the house. This is assuming your mother is no longer competent to make these decisions for herself.

At this time who inherits the house is immaterial. That comes into play only once your mother has passed away. At which time POA authority ends and it becomes the responsibility of the executor to follow instructions set in your mothers will as to dispersement of assets.

It may come to pass that the house needs to be sold prior to your mothers death - so it would be wise to not count any chickens prior to hatching. Just saying...
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