Does a nursing home take a military pension and social security check?

Spouse receives military pension and social security retirement. He is physically disabled with dementia

ANSWER BY MARGARET CROSS-BELIVEAU:

I believe your question is: After Dad goes into a nursing home, will Mom have enough money to live? As your dad was a veteran, you should look into getting into a VA nursing home. It is my understanding that there is a long wait list but is free. If you dad goes into a regular nursing and is approved for Medicaid, his income is paid to the nursing home as part of a patient pay amount. However, part of his income could be allocated to your mom if her income is lower than the minimum amount to spouse is allowed under Medicaid spousal maintenance allowance.

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