My spouse is going to have to move to a nursing home. When spending down assets for the sick spouse to qualify for Medicaid, does it have to be done before sick spouse is sent to a nursing home or can it be done even after the sick spouse is admitted to a nursing home?
Although laws vary from state to state, every state requires that less restrictive alternatives be considered before invoking a guardianship. These might include such vehicles as limited guardianships, powers of attorney or assisted decision-making agreements.
The prevalence of elder abuse is hard to estimate because it is underreported. However, according to the National Council on Aging, approximately one in 10 Americans age 60 or older have experienced some form of elder abuse— be it physical, emotional, psychological or financial.