I have a Aunt that I am her DPOA. Her dementia became worse. I now have to place her into a nurcing home. I learned that Medicare will only pay for 20 days in a nurcing home. After that it goes 80-20 for 100 days. After 100 days the nurcing home will start draining her savings at $8,700 per month.After they drain her savings then they will be seeking her car & home. She's not on Medicaid yet. The next 3 months I think she will be drained of her savings. It's sad to see this happen.
I'm worried about when it's time for her to apply for Medicaid.I 'm worried about the spending I must do to fix, repair her home. Example, right now she's in the nurcing home. She's been in their for about 14 days now. As her POA I must keep up on her home as mowing the lawn, replacing carpet, tile as repairs to get the house ready for sale. Do I turn off the electric & gas to the home ASAP? I need electric for tools to repair her home as I am doing. When do I shut off this sevice to the home? My Aunt's lawn mower broke today while mowing the grass. I bought a new lawn mower so I can mow her grass using her funds as I am her DPOA. Is this ok to do so? Do I need to be worried? I keep all records & reciepts I spend of her funds.
Two weeks ago,when my Aunt got worse we thought we was gonna move in her home to care for her.Her fridge went out and her stove oven didn't work we learned.So,I used her funds as POA to buy a new fridge & stove.
Now she isn't coming home.She's staying in the nurcing home we decided.Because,we thought about it and we just can't take on that large task of moving in to care for her.When it's time for her to apply for Medicaid.Will Medicaid frown on me buying these items?Do I need to worry?Her vacume cleaner was junk.I bought a new vacume so I can clean her house.Will that come back to bite me later?
I was told by the attorney that as long as I have a paper trail I'm ok.
My Aunt's home was very bad.Smelled of urine thru out the home.I was told by the attorney regardless if my Aunt is coming home or going into a nurcing home the home needs to be cleaned,fixed,repaired either for her or to sell the home.That's how you spend down her money to apply for medicaid.If you don't put the money into her home The nurcing home will take the funds.that's how the system works I was told.My worry is,I hate to be placing tons of money of my aunt's funds into her home then in the long run later Medicaid will come after me as why I fixed this and that .What do I need to know?
My Aunt has a large yard.Her push mower is junk.It's my job as her DPOA to keep up on grass mowing until the home sells.I wanted to buy a rider mower to use to mow her grass using her funds to buy it.Can I buy a $1,500 rider with her funds to do the job or is that too much money in Medicaid's eyes?How much is too much?How do I know what amount is too much to spend?Or what not to buy?She's not applying for Medicaid yet for me to know what is ok and what is not to spend.I'm doing all of this my self.Can I pay my self for mowing the grass?Who mows grass for free?If you know one a person send him my way.I'm trying to save her some money by doing some repairs in her home my self.I replaced her dirty carpet with nice new tile.Can I pay my self for the labor of doing that job?I was told by the attorney that I can fix & repair the things in the home that need repaired,replaced as a tolet example.I installed a new tolet.What about my labor of do that job.How do I pay my self for these repairs I'm doing in her home inorder for it to be ready for sale?Why should I pay someone $400 to install a simple tolet when I can do it my self and charge her lets say $50 labor cost?What do I have to do to get paid for my labor of fixing the home?What?Write a check to a friend for $400 and have him agree to give me half and give me a reciept for $400?Sounds crooked to me but,sounds like the only way for me to be paid for my labor.I heard of POA's writing their grandchildren checks to obtain money under the table.Do I need to go that far crooked inorder to be paid for my labor or what?I think it's unfair the nurcing home will be seeking her home and all assets.Then in turn accept the pay from medicaid later.What happened to the american dream of owning your home and passing it down to your child?Sounds like by your retirement time you better have a good $500,000 or more banked.At the cost of a nurcing home at $9,000 per month.Can anyone give advice?