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This Week's Carenote - 08/13/13


We have my 94 year old blind mom in our home and desperately need help to climb through the Medicaid qualification process and to find a local nursing facility for her. One item missing in the total Elder Care network here in Florida seems to be the all-important checklist, or blueprint to follow for this critical need. Can anyone out there point us to the answers?

PS, we are in direct contact with our local area agency on aging who have been extremely helpful, but unfortunately, we continue to have missing answers on a daily basis. We also located a directory of localized care facilities and have spent endless hours phoning only to be told "no Medicaid beds available" or we'll have someone call you back.

My sister in Virginia informs us that in her state it is a simple process to contact "Social Services" for a lot of her answers. A web search for Social Services here resulted in a contact with the Salvation Army who said they have no idea where we should call. Any ideas out there? Thanks.



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Name: Carolyn
Location: Rockville, MD
Date: 08/14/2013
Time: 10:03 AM


Barbara, As you may know, Medicaid rules vary from state to state. In general, though, I think nursing homes like to see a resident pay privately for at least a few months before switching to Medicaid. I know that's expensive, but it might work if there really are no Medicaid beds available. Eldercare Locator might be able to help; see Also, Nursing Home Compare has good info. to help you compare nursing homes, Carolyn

Name: tj
Location: wv
Date: 08/13/2013
Time: 10:27 AM

Comments handles long term medicaid in florida, visit their website to obtain informations and contact info.

Name: Sandi
Location: ND
Date: 08/13/2013
Time: 06:41 AM


Each area has a specific designated number of Medicaid beds. You are doing a lot on your own and that may be your issue. Question would also be the questions that you ask and the answer you seek. What about a waiting list at a nursing home? Is she on Medicaid already or are you hoping she will be on it? Does she have funds available to her still? Then she needs admission to NH without using the Medicaid level. This will come while she is there. Don't try to hold money back for her, or for selves. Use it for her now! Talk to her medical provider at a direct eye to eye appt and if you are no longer able to provide care for her then ask what do you do. Sometimes having admission to hospital for something facilitates admission to Nursing Home as well. The social workers there generally can find out where there are open beds long before the general public. In services is SOCIAL WORKERS...Salvation Army is listed as a 'social service' as is the Red Cross. Need to refine your search. Good luck!



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