Probably not, because almost no one thinks they will have to live in a nursing home or that they will eventually need round-the-clock care. There is no debate that we all want to be independent and we all want to be able to take care of ourselves no matter what. However, despite our best efforts, it can be difficult to plan for emergency medical care or financial difficulty.
What do you do when you’ve promised your loved one that you’ll never place them in a home, but you’ve realized that you don’t have the skills to take care of them like a professional? It is a difficult decision for elders and families alike, so it is rare for anyone to even acknowledge that they will have to deal with these things.
Nonetheless, even though no one thinks they will even have to consider full-time care in a nursing home, but sometimes the unexpected happens and then you’re facing having to spend thousands of dollars a month while draining your savings and your children’s inheritance. These kinds of changes can be sudden, jarring, and scary.
Medicaid can help cover the costs of a nursing home if you have less than $2,000 in assets, but the reality is that most people funnel their life savings into monthly nursing home care until there is nothing left, and only then can Medicaid step in to help. Medicaid Estate Planning Attorneys have the specialized knowledge and training to avoid this outcome and help protect your future.
Medicaid Estate Planning can be a difficult field to navigate with complex laws and ever-changing policies, but with the help of an attorney, you do not have to make difficult decisions about long-term care by yourself. If you are already thinking about estate planning—the process of setting up legal protections for your money, assets, and property for yourself and the loved ones who will inherit from you—you also need to plan for long term care.
If you are not thinking about your future, you should start planning now. Medicaid Estate Planning attorneys can help you protect your money and property for yourself, your future, and your loved ones, while simultaneously helping you qualify for Medicaid financial assistance for nursing home care whenever you may need it.