No. In fact, there are protections in place to ensure that the so-called “well spouse” is not impoverished. If you are in need of nursing home care, your spouse will be entitled to keep your home and furnishings, car, and certain other assets without impacting your eligibility for the program’s benefits. The good news is that sensible planning can even enable your spouse to keep more of your family assets. Consult with a competent elder law attorney to gain a better understanding of your rights in this area of the law.