My sister has suffered a series of silent strokes, a minor heart attack and also has dementia. She has been in a nursing home for the past year and is now going through the assets in her IRA to pay the nursing home fee of $9928 per month. We have a joint investment account and also own our house jointly where we have lived for the past 34 years in Illinois. I will probably have to think about applying for Medicaid in the future. Is there any way that I can protect our joint assets from eventually being taken by Medicaid?