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This Week's Carenote - 08/25/15

My friend is caring for his 99 year old grandmother. He has to work, and cant care for her 24/7. He recently brought her home from the hospital, but hospital doctor wonít have her admitted to a nursing home because he said that there is nothing really wrong with her. How can this be? She is so weak at her home, and now has to stay in bed until someone does everything for her. Does anyone have any ideas, or info to help in this situation. If he has her admitted to a nursing home, Medicare will only pay about 40 percent and its 12,000 a month. He canít pay the difference and she relies on him about 100 percent. Help. A person lives to be 99 on a fixed social security income and the government wonít do anything about it. I don't understand.


Shared by: Roxanna

She could apply for Medicaid. All of her income except for 30.00 which she is allowed to keep for her personal use and cost of health insurance is paid to LTC facility. Then Medicaid pays the remainder. Your friend needs to contact the local Area Agency on Aging and ask them for the information on the Caregiver Advisor or support person in his area.

Shared by: Pat

She did not meet criteria for sub acute rehab,but that doesn't mean she does not need help. The local Area of Aging could be contacted to see if they have services that can assist her at home. Otherwise she may qualify for a reverse mortgage to help pay for care or qualify for Medicaid if limited assets. If she was married to a U.S. veteran she may also qualify for assistance. Day care might also be an option. reach out in the local community for resources and contact an Elder law attorney if she has to convert assists to help pay for care.



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