my mother in law lives with us and pays rent to cover her living expenses incurred by us, ie. Room and board. Not medical expenses. If the parent goes into assisted living due to dementia and needs Medicaid at some point if her money runs out, could the money paid by her to us to cover those expenses be considered a gift instead of covering her expenses. She pays $1,200 a month. This also covers costs of taking her to doctor appointments. Could this be a "look back" issue in qualifying for Medicaid.