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I am 76, married and retired. My wife & I both receive SS and

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I am 76, married and retired. My wife & I both receive SS and I receive a pension. We usually have an AGI around 90K. She has now been in a nursing home since Sept 2015. She's had dementia a little over ten years. Medicaid and her SS cover the nursing home. I am now paying a Caregiver Company about $1500-$1600 per week to help with bathing and feeding, etc. That is coming out of our savings. The only other expenses we have are utilities and taxes. At the end of the year can we claim this as an itemized medical expense. If not, is there a better way. By the way I was in the Air Force (1958-1962). The VA has not answered yet.
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  emc011075 replied 6 months ago.
Hi. My name is ***** ***** I will be happy to help you.Nursing home costs and home care (to help the person with basic needs like, hygiene, feeding, medication and such) qualify as medical expense deduction. Yes, you can claim it on your itemize deduction.
Expert:  emc011075 replied 6 months ago.
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