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<< My wife's father has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. He also has cardiac problems (and other problems which also require medication). He stopped taking his cardiac medicines and had to be re-hospitalized for a week to get him back on track. While there his Dr. had to label him as incompetent because he can no longer successfully administer his own medication due to the Alzheimer's. My wife is now his medical proxy (a legal form in Colorado) this puts her in the position of making medical decisions for him.

We live in Florida so we decided that the best thing for him was to be in a nursing home where they can monitor his conditions and give him the medication he needs. He also is unable to properly care for himself because of the Alzheimer's. >>

The nursing home expenses will be fully deductible as a medical expense, subject to the 7.5% of AGI exclusion. To be on the safe side, get a letter for his records from his primary physician indicating the need for the nursing home. Best of luck to all of you. (Heartfelt, because I think I'm headed there with my mother.)

Phil Marti
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