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The Real Cost of Long-Term Care

By Nikhil Hutheesing - 2012-11-26T15:38:10Z

Photograph by Susan H. Smith/Getty Images

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Home Modification

When Laurie Kaneshiro's mom left her home in Nevada to move in with her in Honolulu, Kaneshiro and her husband had to remodel the bathroom. "We couldn't even get the wheelchair in," Kaneshiro says. Besides making the bathroom wheelchair compatible, they had a shower and grab bars installed, put in lights that came on automatically and installed a Japanese washlet toilet, similar to a bidet. "At least we are set for when we get older," says Kaneshiro. Bradley Frigon, an attorney in Denver, Colorado who is on the board of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, says that the expense may be tax deductible if it's medically necessary.

$20,000: Approximate cost to modify one bathroom for elder care -- Kaneshiro's expense