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Spouses may be protected when their partner applies for Medicaid

Many married senior citizens in New Jersey are relying on Medicaid to pay for their medical and care needs once they are unable to take care of themselves on their own. However, they may be concerned that their assets will be depleted if one spouse needs to enter a nursing home, leaving the healthy spouse with nothing. However, it may be possible for the healthy spouse to keep certain assets, even if the other spouse applies for Medicaid funds to pay for nursing home care.

Long-term care planning can address Alzheimer's and dementia

Alzheimer's disease and dementia are conditions that will eventually render a person in New Jersey unable to care for themselves. While this is a position no one wants to find themselves in, it is a fact that many people will develop these types of illnesses over time and these conditions can persist for years before a person passes away. Therefore, it can help to be prepared in the event that dementia or a related disorder robs a person of their ability to make choices on their own and take care of their daily needs.

What nursing facility care must a person in New Jersey pay for?

As they age, some people in New Jersey will have to be in the care of a nursing facility. Nursing facilities that are Medicaid certified primarily provide residents with skilled nursing services, rehabilitation necessary for the resident to recover from an ailment and long-term care that goes beyond simply a place to live.

Programs are available to help with elder care costs

The Alzheimer's Association reports that of adults above age 65, one in nine have Alzheimer's. This may be a startling statistic to some in New Jersey, but it brings to the forefront the fact that many people in America will have a loved one develop Alzheimer's at some point in their lives. In addition, many elderly people suffer from dementia, which can affect their memory, personality and ability to reason.

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