But the state is comparing high-cost care in the community to average-cost nursing-home
Medicaid estate planning--the manipulation of income and assets to qualify otherwise ineligible clients for publicly financed nursing-home benefits--is the foundation of eider law practice today.
What exactly do clients get when they succumb to the lure of free nursing-home care?
General Accounting Office says patients "most likely to have to wait for nursing-home placement are those .
In Los Angeles County, 9 percent of nursing-home patients suffered unplanned weight loss of 5 percent or more within 30 days; in Ventura County, 12 percent of patients suffered such weight loss while the statewide average was 11 percent.
But while she praised the compilation of state nursing-home data, she was critical of some of the staffing and health care assessments.
Undoubtedly, there are many others who believe employer-provided health insurance, which often continues into retirement, will cover the cost of long-term nursing-home care.
The current cost of long-term nursing-home care ranges from approximately $25,000 to $75,000 per year, depending on the amenities provided, the extent of care required, the age of the recipient and the location of the facility.