Medicaid is a state program, so it depends on the state of residence of the senior. Most states have at least a 5 year "look-back" at assets that have been transferred within the period of applying for Medicaid. There is an interesting exception for seniors who have an adult child residing with them in the home. Most states exclude the residence from the Medicaid assets under this circumstance. You need a qualified elder-law attorney in your state to answer the question. Go to www.NAELA.org -- the National Association of Elder Law attorneys to find one.