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Does entry into a nursing home equate as a permanent residence?

Simply wondering if entry into nursing home means you are now residing there. If you have a home but need nursing home, does that become your primary residence?
Status: Open    Jul 30, 2016 - 11:34 AM

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Aug 22, 2016 - 08:55 AM

Whether individuals take on the nursing home (or skilled nursing facility) as their residence depends upon their own personal situations.

Fifty years ago, people being admitted to a nursing home assumed that they would probably die there.
Today, skilled nursing facilities (SNF) provide more than just custodial care. They do still provide custodial and end-of-life care, but they also provide skilled nursing and therapy services. Many individuals are admitted to SNFs for rehabilitation or skilled care following surgery or hospitalization, with the intent that they will be discharged to home upon their recovery. There are others who no longer can care for themselves at home, who intend to stay at the facility.

SNFs do refer to their patients as residents to emphasize that they should feel at home. But they should not feel that they will not have the choice to leave when they choose to do so. Now days, people have many more choices of where they want to spend their final days. It is still the individuals’ choice on what will be their primary residence. Even if the individuals receive Medicaid, they can enter an agreement with the state to continue keeping their home, until their death.

I hope that this helps to answer your question. If you have some more specific concerns about your situation, you might want to consult an attorney who has expertise in elder law.
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