No, previous gifts are not considered income. Medicaid rules require that nursing home residents contribute their income towards their cost of care, but his income is only income that the resident is legally entitled to receive. To insure that your generosity is not construed as income, make payments for extras you wish to provide to your parents rather than giving them money directly.
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