- Joel Votolato
Protecting Assets When It's Time For Skilled Nursing Care
Updated: Apr 17
As we age, the possibility of needing long-term care in a nursing home becomes increasingly likely. This can be a source of anxiety for many people, as the cost of such care can be astronomical and quickly deplete one's life savings. However, with proper planning and the right strategies, it is possible to protect assets while still receiving the care that one needs.
One option is to purchase long-term care insurance. This can help cover the cost of nursing home care, and may be especially beneficial for those with significant assets that they wish to protect. It's important to note, however, that premiums for such insurance can be high, and it's important to carefully consider the terms of the policy before committing to it.
Another option is to transfer assets to a trust. A trust can be set up to hold assets and protect them from being counted as part of one's personal assets for the purposes of Medicaid eligibility. However, it's important to work with an experienced attorney when setting up a trust, as there are many legal considerations and potential pitfalls that must be navigated.
In addition to these strategies, there are also various exemptions and protections available under Medicaid law that can help protect assets. For example, certain assets such as the family home may be exempt from Medicaid eligibility requirements. There may also be exemptions for certain types of income, or for assets held in certain types of accounts.
Finally, it's important to plan ahead and take steps to protect assets before the need for nursing home care arises. This can include setting up trusts or transferring assets to family members, as well as taking steps to minimize tax liabilities and maximize retirement savings.
Overall, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to protecting assets in the event of nursing home care. The best approach will depend on the individual's unique circumstances, financial situation, and personal preferences. However, with careful planning and the right strategies, it is possible to protect assets while still receiving the care that one needs.