Essentially, how do you pay for a nursing home when money runs out? In a lot of cases, the nursing home will dismiss or evict the non-paying resident. Moving an elderly family member out of a nursing home, especially if they need specialized care, can be very traumatizing for the patient.
Some states allow nursing homes to file a civil court action to obtain financial support or cost recovery, while others can impose criminal penalties on children who do not support their indigent parents. These days, Medicaid generally steps in to pay the tab when nursing home residents run out of money.
Medicaid is one of the most common ways to pay for a nursing home when you have no money available. As with assisted living described above, long-term care insurance, life insurance, veterans benefits and reverse mortgages can also pay for nursing home care.
For older folks who are unable to volunteer or have no family or money to call upon, the state of California has a few options, like living in a conservatorship. We have a post-loss checklist that will help you ensure that your loved one’s family, estate, and other affairs are taken care of.
You will rely on Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which is a program for low-income seniors, and/or Social Security Disability Income (SSDI). You may have to find a roommate to sharing housing costs and utilities. Otherwise, you might move into a mobile home, or simply rent a room in a house.
If you do run out of money, you might qualify for one of the following options.
If your name is on a joint account and you enter a nursing home, the state will assume the assets in the account belong to you unless you can prove that you did not contribute to it. This means that either one of you could be ineligible for Medicaid for a period of time, depending on the amount of money in the account.
Raise funds by selling, moving and/or working. Ask your family, friends and community for help. Look into and use the many federal, state and local resources available for low income seniors. It will take a team effort to help you and your parents get through this type of situation.
nursing homes are certified to provide similar types of care and services. If you have submitted paperwork for third party payment and payment status is pending, such as applying for Medicaid, the facility cannot discharge you for failure to pay.
Without savings, it will be difficult to maintain in retirement the same lifestyle that you had in your working years. You may need to make adjustments such as moving into a smaller home or apartment; forgoing extras such as cable television, an iPhone, or a gym membership; or driving a less expensive car.
So does assisted living take all your money? Assisted living doesn’t take all your money. If anything, there are legal ways to protect your assets if you have any doubts that an assisted living facility might take all your money for just allowing you to become a resident in their facility.