Approximately 1.3 million of our nation's elderly live in nursing homes. Despite the increasingly important role of Medicare and Medicaid, many must bear the costs of their care. This Note examines one means of financing nursing home care--the life care contract. These require residents to pay an entrance fee and transfer to the nursing home all or part of their property in return for the home's promise to provide care for the remainder of the resident's life. The Note discusses the potential problem a life care resident may face, such as substandard living conditions or a home's financial instability. It concludes by delineating steps that potential residents can take in constructing life care contracts to ensure protection of their rights and needs.