Coral Springs & South Florida Special Needs Trust Attorneys

When will Medicaid pay for an assisted living facility or nursing home? 

Will I have enough to cover all of my expenses?

The cost of long-term care is devastating. We’re here to help guide you through the process.

How will you pay for long-term care?

When it comes to long-term care, seniors in Florida face a tough reality.

Statistically, 7 out of 10 people will need some type of long-term care.

The cost of nursing homes and assisted living facilities are astronomical, and rise every year. 

In Coral Springs, Florida the average cost of a private room in a nursing home is $10,904 per month (Source). With an average stay of 3 years, that is $392,544.

Very few people can afford that. Can you?

Most families don’t know that there are programs available in Florida to help pay for a loved one’s nursing home care.

Our attorneys use every legal tool available to craft a plan that will allow you to protect your assets and still qualify for a Medicaid program specifically created to assist paying for your long-term care needs.

Contact us at (954) 866-1055 or click here to get started today.

What is Medicaid and what does it cover in Florida?

Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that offers many different benefits. It includes two programs that will assist seniors with paying for long-term care needs, whether they are at home, in an assisted living facility, or even in a nursing home.

 Medicaid is the largest provider of financial assistance for nursing home residents in the United States.

When applying for Medicaid, you must meet strict asset and income requirements. Sadly, many people apply for Medicaid without knowing these limitations, and are penalized by being denied benefits for a period of time.

You don’t want to venture into Medicaid planning alone. It is a difficult, bureaucratic process with many rules, regulations, and qualifications.

Our experienced team will navigate this journey with you, helping you plan and prepare for future long-term care needs.

Call us at (954) 866-1055 or click here to get started.

In Florida, Medicaid covers a number of needs for seniors, including care in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, home health care, and day programs.

The programs within Medicaid include:

Many factors play into Medicaid eligibilityOur attorneys will review these with you, including:

If you or a loved one is facing a nursing home stay, don’t wait. Long-term care and Medicaid planning aren’t something to put off.

Call us at (954) 866-1055 or click here to learn how we can help.

Medicaid planning is complicated.

We can help.

There are many solutions we look at when determining how to cover the cost of long-term care:

Proper asset protection planning before you are sick, long-term care insurance, Veterans Benefits, and Medicaid Benefits.

These are all options that our experienced team will explore with you.

Even if your loved one is already in a nursing home, it’s not too late. 

We guide you through the process so you and your loved ones are ready for whatever tomorrow brings.

Medicaid Misunderstandings

There are a lot of misunderstandings when it comes to receiving Medicaid benefits.

Here are a few of the common questions we receive:

Do I have to be broke to qualify for Medicaid?

No. Many of our clients who need Medicaid were middle or upper-middle-class earners and need a strategy to protect their life's work.

With nursing homes in South Florida averaging $10,000 per month, even well-to-do seniors can have their savings drained in a very short time without assistance from Medicaid.

Won't Medicare pay for my nursing home?

No. People are often confused over the differences between Medicare and Medicaid.

Medicare is a program that provides health coverage for people after they turn 65, and is available to anyone in the U.S. Medicare doesn’t cover nursing home expenses, except in very limited short-term circumstances.

Can I give everything away to qualify for Medicaid?

No. Medicaid has a five-year lookback period. The Medicaid office will investigate your financial records and every transfer of money or assets you’ve made for five years prior to the day you apply for Medicaid.

Any transfers they find that were under fair market value will have a penalty (period of ineligibility) assessed.

Can I qualify for Medicaid if I own a home?

Yes. Most primary residences won’t count if someone is still living in it, or intends to return home.

When the Medicaid recipient passes, Medicaid has the right to reimbursement of care costs through the estate of the deceased. However, proper planning with an experienced Elder Law attorney can help prevent this.

Florida's premier law firm for Medicaid long-term care planning.

Get the help and guidance you need

Talking about going into a nursing home with your spouse or with aging parents is not an easy conversation.

At Friedman Elder Law & Estate Planning Department, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of elders in Coral Springs, Ft. Lauderdale, and throughout the State of Florida.

Whether it’s proactive planning for many years from now or crisis planning to manage assets after your loved one is already in need of care, we are committed to providing the best possible solutions—now and in the future.

Contact us at (954) 866-1055 to get started today.

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