Is the cost of Assistant Living for an Alzheimer's patient tax deductible?

1 answer | Last updated: Sep 08, 2016
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My doctor will say its necessary to place him in a home, approx. $4500 amonth, is this a tax deduction for his wife?

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Brenda Avadian, brings knowledge, hope, and joy to family caregivers for loved ones with Alzheimer's and dementia. She cared for her father with Alzheimer's and helps families one-on-one and in groups. She is the author of eight books, including the pioneering memoir "Where's my shoes?" My Father's Walk through Alzheimer's and the Finding the JOY in Alzheimer's series. She presents vivid, compelling, and funny keynotes to both professional and family caregiving audiences.

It depends. If the doctor were prescribing Assisted Living for medical care, then yes, medical expenses would be tax deductible.

However, there are different eligibility requirements for medical and long-term care, so it's best to consult with an elder law attorney prior to taking any action in order to take the best course of action given the family's unique circumstances. For example, learning what kind of documentation is needed from a medical professional.

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