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October 2017 - Home Care Chaos
The Elder Law Minute TM
Considerations When a Spouse Needs Nursing Home Care
By Ronald A. Fatoullah, Esq. and Stacey Meshnick, Esq.
Nursing home care in the New York Metropolitan area can cost up to $18,000 per month. When one spouse becomes ill and requires nursing home care, the well spouse should seek the proper advice regarding the resulting issues and possible solutions.
When contemplating nursing home admission, a couple should make sure that all of their necessary documentation is in order. If they haven’t already done so, the couple should execute advance directives, namely a Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxy and Living Will. These documents will allow the well spouse and/or the children, if any, to act on the sick spouse’s behalf. If Husband lacks the capacity to execute documents, a guardianship proceeding with a request to engage in Medicaid planning and other financial transactions may be necessary. (Read more...)
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