My mother is in an assisted living facility in Illinois. Currently she is private pay. She has many friends there who have gone on Medicaid
in addition to Medicare. The facility never kicks out the Medicaid people unless they are out of the building due to hospitalization or other reasons for too long as Medicaid will not pay for an empty room.
My mother gets very upset when she hears her friends who are on Medicaid are now getting everything for free including transportation back and forth to doctors, physical therapy, tests, etc. She knows that these people have money hidden somewhere. She just found out that her building is increasing her rent another $390 a month in Sept. She feels she can no longer afford it and feels the money she pays for private pay is too much because the food there leaves much to be desired. She expects better food for the cost. She is wondering what she is doing wrong. She has been spending down her money legally but feels cheated when she sees others who have money are on Medicaid to pay everything.
She only has about $160,000 left in assets. She is a bit paranoid about gifting her money to family and she has mentioned about going to the casino and cashing checks there and then putting the money away so it can't be traced. I just don't know what to do anymore. She is very difficult to deal with, but I do understand her frustration also with the people who shouldn't be on Medicaid but are!
How do we help her to get on Medicaid at this point?