Today, Futterman & Lanza, LLP visited our client from Central Islip, NY at the Our Lady of Consolation Nursing and Rehabilitative Care Center located in West Islip, NY. Documentation needed to be finalized to protect the client’s home from the costs of his stay in the nursing home.
Although a Medicaid recipient’s primary residence does not count against the Medicaid recipient’s assets (from an eligibility standpoint), without proper planning, the home could be exposed through Medicaid claims and liens. Often we have met with families that get an unpleasant surprise when a Medicaid recipient passes away and the family then learns that the house will need to be sold and the sale proceeds need to be passed onto Medicaid to reimburse Medicaid for the costs expended for the Medicaid recipient’s care.
If you have a loved one receiving Medicaid benefits and you are unclear whether the home is exposed or not, please call to make an appointment to discuss as soon as possible. Also, if you need us to visit at the nursing home or at your home, please ask; we are happy to work with you and try to make the experience as pleasant and as easy for you as possible.