More Tips for Staying Out of the Nursing Home

Maintain Your Independence Longer with Help From Safe Harbor

For those looking at ways to avoid the nursing home, we provide you with insight that only expert elder care lawyers can provide. Though you or your loved one may be in need of continuous assistance, there are ways to avoid going to a nursing home or assisted living facility. This video provides a quick overview of programs and options available to folks that they may not know about, and can provide you with a sense of relief in the face of uncertainty regarding your options.

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What You’ll Learn FROM THIS VIDEO

  • Why it’s helpful to have an estate planning attorney available to know your options.

  • What programs exist to help you or your loved one retain independence.

  • How staying out of the nursing home and remaining independent is possible, even if continuous care is needed!


Margaret Barrett: If you are watching this, your goal is to stay out of the nursing home. Or maybe you have a loved one who is insistent on staying in their home and not going to a nursing home, even when they start needing care. I understand. My own mom is 88 and she’s still living in an independent apartment. She loves her apartment and her independence, and we both love that I get to have more contact with her during this COVID period than people who are in assisted living, memory care, or the nursing home. Today I am making this video on three ways that you can stay out of the nursing home.

The first way is called an alternative care waiver. Most people haven’t heard of it. It’s part of Medical Assistance. It’s a government program to help you before you’re sick enough to get on Medical Assistance and you really don’t need a lot of care. You can actually have the alternative care waiver help you for free with things like chores, transportation, and fixing up your house.

The second way you can stay out of the nursing home is to get services from elderly waiver when you start needing more care. You don’t have to be in a nursing home. Elderly waiver is the government program that pays for you in your private home, in your apartment, or in an assisted living facility. They will pay for people, family, or a company to come in and provide care for you.

The third way, and this is something the county will not tell you about, you have to know about it and ask for it, if your spouse is getting Medical Assistance paying for their care and your income is much lower than your spouses, you can get some of their income that you are allowed to keep so your family has more money to live on every month.

My goal in making this video today is for you to know you do have options. You don’t want your loved one to go in the nursing home, especially with COVID. I understand. I don’t want my mom to go in the nursing home, either, but the options are confusing and they can be overwhelming! Download our free report to explain these options and more, and after that if you have more questions, give us a call.

Author Bio

Margaret Barrett is the Founder and Owner of Safe Harbor Estate Law, a Saint Paul, MN, estate planning law firm she founded in 2013. With almost 15 years of combined experience in litigation and Minnesota estate law, she is dedicated to representing clients in a wide range of estate law matters. Her practice areas include estate planning, asset protection, elder law, and more.

Margaret received her Juris Doctor from the William Mitchell College of Law and is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association and the Ramsey County Bar Association.

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