Does anyone here know anything about nursing home bond asset assessments? I understood that in some cases elderly person has been asked to pay enormous bond before they can enter to the nursing home and the only way them to do so is to sell their family home. This can create a lot of stress for elderly people as well as fire sale circumstances. Are there any ways legally to avoid this? e.g. If elderly couple owns the house. Let's call them Bruce and Sheila. Sheila passes away but had made a will and leaves her portion of their assets to their children but give Bruce 'the right to use' them for the rest of his life. In the other words children can not force the sale of the assets and leave Bruce without place to live. A couple years later Bruce is not in good health and have to go to the nursing home, he does not need to pay a bond and sell the assets (family home) because he does not fully own it.