When Someone Needs Nursing Care


If you or a loved one are told that you will need nursing home care for an extended period of time, it can be a frightening, confusing time, especially when trying to determine how to pay the nursing home bill.

The first thing to remember is: don’t panic. In most cases, there are options for protecting assets, even if you or a loved one are already in the nursing home. Although planning in advance is the best option and allows for the most flexibility, gifting and asset protection can still be done even after you or a loved one are in the nursing home and even if you will need Medicaid within five years.

Nursing home planning is complex and must be done very carefully. All of your individual circumstances have to be considered, as there is no “one size fits all” plan. But remember, you have options.

“Paying and Protecting” - it’s our way of helping you develop a customized plan to address the cost of nursing home care.

Nursing Home Planning

We know that the ever-increasing cost of nursing home services is a big concern for our clients. We'll explain your options for protecting your assets from nursing home expenses in clear, simple terms so you can make informed decisions about your nursing home planning. We'll provide information about options to protect thousands of dollars from nursing home expenses.

We'll answer these questions:

  • Can you give away money, real estate or other property?
  • If you give away money, real estate or other property, will it impact your eligibility for Medicaid?
  • How far in advance should gifts be made?
  • How does nursing home insurance impact nursing home planning?
  • How can nursing home insurance protect assets?
  • Do trusts protect assets from nursing home expenses?
  • How can I protect assets from nursing home expenses?
  • What is the difference between Medicare and Medicaid?
  • Which long-term care/nursing home expenses are paid by Medicare and which are paid by Medicaid?

Please contact our office for more information or to schedule an appointment or a phone consultation.

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Dell Burtis Law is located in Tiffin, Ohio and assists clients throughout Seneca, Sandusky, Huron, Crawford, Wyandot, Hancock and Wood County, Ohio, with legal matters relating to Estate Planning (wills, trusts, powers of attorney), Elder Law (medicaid and nursing home planning), Business Law (formation, succession and purchases/sales) and Real Estate (titles, closings, agreements and easements).