Spending down assets for Medicaid
My husband and I have durable power of attorney for his mother, who has recently entered a nursing home for long term care. In order to qualify her for Medicaid we need to spend down some of her assets. Is it allowable for us to spend her money to hire an eldercare attorney to help us navigate all of this?
Or would the hiring of the attorney have to come out of our pockets?
She doesn't have all that much in the way of assets- maybe $10k. The State of Kentucky allows her $2k. We have used some on an Irrevocable Assignment for burial expenses, but are confused on what we can and cannot spend the remainder of the money on. We want it to benefit her somehow and not be spent just for the sake of spending it.
Her nursing home has promised us a list of allowable expenditures but I thought I would ask here as well.