When we became aware of our mother's decline with dementia along with congestive heart disease, we helped our parents sell their home in northern Minnesota (which happened in just three days!) & move to our sister's home in St. Paul. A mother-in-law addition is underway, but the weather has caused a standstill forcing them to occupy a guest room since September. Dad (age 80) is an army veteran (no active duty) & also worked several years for the US postal service. Their cash asset total is very low, most of which is in a revocable family trust. Their monthly SSI combined is around $2000, & Dad gets an additional monthly retirement check of approximately $500. Last month, Mom (age 76) was hospitalized for a week due to her heart condition; they drained 1.5 liters of fluid from one lung but couldn't do anything more because of her frail condition & the risk of accelerating the Alzheimer's disease. She also has diabetes. Dad's physical & emotional health is also suffering. My sister & her family are becoming overwhelmed as caregivers; she is facing the possibility of having to quit her job in order to keep up with doctor appointments, dietary monitoring, safety at home, etc. I live out of state & fly up as much as possible to help. Our other sister is mostly confined to her home with M.S., & our brother works in construction. We've done some research about Medicaid assistance, including articles here by Attorney Heiser about the life estate & gifts protected from probate, & my sister will be consulting an attorney as well as her tax expert regarding necessary steps to qualify our parents for financial assistance before the health assessment is made on Mom in a few weeks. She has also considered the possibility of becoming a paid caregiver & is seeking related info. We would be grateful for guidance in making sure we have every possible point covered legally so their limited cash assets can be reserved for their home build & they can benefit from programs available to them. Our desire is to care for them at home as long as possible, until it becomes absolutely necessary to seek a nursing/memory care facility.