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My father has Lewy Bodies Dementia. My mother has been caring for him but lately, he has begun to fall (3x this week) and his hallucinations, delusions, hostility and agitation are making him very difficult to care for. They live in California where memory care runs $7,000 per month. We do have an eldercare attorney and thier home has been put in trust to me and will be moving money for my mother's future care into the trust also. The remainder will be gone in about a year.

My question is, can the care home put my dad out when he has to go on Medicare? I can't get a straight answer from anyone on this and I have been warned that the state care homes are horrible. He is a vet and on the waiting list for a home with the VA, but they tell us there won't be a spot open for 1.5 to 2 years. I doubt we can make it that long. My parents applied as a couple which the VA rep said gets you in faster but when they heard that my father had dementia he said, "Oh, that's a real red flag for us." I could almost hear the application being moved to the bottom of the pile.

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Real estate that the spouses have in trust for each other or themselves, perhaps. If house is in trust for YOU, then you will have a problem. All assets are subject to lookback, house, car, bank, insurance policies, very expensive jewelry, stamp or coin collections. Otherwise everybody would give real estate to family with no lookback. Just read on the Medi Cal website or here in the many articles on Medicaid, which is what Medi-Cal is. If you have parent in private facility that does not accept Medi Cal, they don't have to keep him long term. Someone will have to pay the bill until they find a Medi Cal bed that will accept parent. Please read some of the articles by Mr Heiser or the member igloo72 who has gone through mucho Medicaid with parents.
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So sorry guestshopadmin. I misspoke. I meant to ask if the home can put him out when he goes on Medi-Cal. The reason for moving home and just over $100,000 for my mother into the trust is so that my father qualifies for Medi-Cal sooner and his care doesn't bankrupt my mother and force her out of the house. The attorney mentioned a look-back period with regards my mother's share of the money but not the house. As I understand it, in California, real estate is not subject to the "look-back." I hope that is true, otherwise, we have paid good money for bad advice.
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Hopefully your eldercare attorney has explained to you that the care home will not be paid for by MediCARE but rather if he qualifies by MediCAID. This is a state administered program that is for people who qualify due low to income/low assets/impoverished status. Putting the parents home into a trust for you if it has been less than 5 years will be subject to Medicaid's look-back period. If your attorney is not familiar with Medicaid and the look-back period - ask for someone in the group that is or a referral. Medicare will not pay for custodial care.
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