Protecting Your Assets from Expanding Nursing Home Costs
Nursing home costs are rising, which could be detrimental to your financial health should you
find yourself in need of nursing home care, or even that of an assisted living community. In fact,
the average annual cost for a nursing home is running around $75,000 per person. Having
insurance won’t be much of a help since most insurance plans do not cover the costs associated
with a nursing home. With costs like this, it is not a question of whether one will run out of
money, but when one will run out of money. In order to ensure that you don’t spend your
twilight years flat-broke, take steps now to protect your assets.
You may begin protecting your assets by making significant gifts to your children at least five
years prior to entering a nursing home or assisted living community. Trying to wait until you’re
just about to enter such a facility will be too late, since Medicaid has a five-year buffer that
prevents seniors from gifting all of their assets to their family just prior to entering the facility,
in order to foist the bill on to Uncle Sam. The drawback here is that you must be confident your
children will reciprocate by establishing a trust that helps to cover any special costs arising from
Understandably, gifting most of your assets to your children while you are still in need of them
may make one squeamish; after all, money does have a way of changing people. In that case,
tell them that paying at least 50% of your medical costs qualifies them for a large tax deduction.
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