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?
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
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?
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| Past Carenotes |
Location: Rockville, MD
Time: 10:03 AM
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 www.eldercare.gov. Also, Nursing Home Compare has good info. to help you compare nursing homes, www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare/.
Time: 10:27 AM
www.elderaffairs.state.fl.us handles long term medicaid in florida, visit their website to obtain informations and contact info.
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 Virginia..social services is SOCIAL WORKERS...Salvation Army is listed as a 'social service' as is the Red Cross. Need to refine your search. Good luck!