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Ways people can pay for their parent’s nursing home care

On Behalf of | Jan 19, 2024 | Estate Planning |

Paying for a parent’s nursing home care in Pennsylvania can be a significant financial challenge for many families. As long-term care costs continue to rise, it’s essential to understand the various options available to help manage these expenses.

Planning ahead and exploring different funding sources can provide some relief and better ensure that your parent receives necessary care without having to simultaneously manage overwhelming financial stress. This is especially true if filial responsibility, which holds adult children liable for their parent’s nursing home care expenses in specific cases, is part of a family’s financial picture.

Private pay and insurance options

One of the primary ways to pay for nursing home care involves private funds, which include personal savings, retirement accounts or the sale of assets like a home. This option gives families the most control over facility choice and the type of care provided.

Long-term care insurance policies can also help cover the cost of nursing home care. These policies vary in coverage and cost. It’s crucial to understand the specifics of what each policy offers. Some life insurance policies may also have provisions for long-term care, which can be another funding source for some.

Medicaid and government assistance

For many residents in Pennsylvania, Medicaid is a key source of funding for nursing home care. Medicaid is a federal and state program that helps with medical costs for individuals with limited income and resources. To qualify for Medicaid coverage for nursing home care, residents must meet certain income and asset criteria. Medicaid eligibility rules can be complex, and the application process can be lengthy. Seeking assistance from a professional knowledgeable about Medicaid planning is often beneficial.

Veterans benefits and other programs

Veterans and their spouses may be eligible for benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to help pay for nursing home care. The VA offers various programs, including the Aid and Attendance benefit, which provides additional financial assistance to veterans and surviving spouses who require the aid of another person or are housebound.

Additionally, other state and local programs in Pennsylvania might offer assistance or subsidies for senior care, depending on specific criteria like income level, age or medical need.

Ultimately, determining the most efficient way to pay for long-term care can be challenging. Navigating through some of these programs may require legal assistance and that’s okay.

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