The cost of nursing home care in this country has risen nearly 24% percent in the past five years, straining the wallets of both patients and their loved ones alike. This is problematic for many seniors as Medicare and Medicaid typically do not cover the full cost of nursing home care. Thus, many seniors face an unenviable decision: deplete their life savings for nursing home care, or forego nursing home care altogether to ensure that they have something to pass down to their loved ones.