How do you tell your mother, who is in assisted living, that her money is running low and she must apply for Medicaid?
In another post I mentioned that assisted living was getting too expensive and I thought about moving Mom in with my husband and me. After thinking about it a lot and getting feedback from a lot of people, I'm trying to keep my mother in AL because she's doing very well there. Her money is running low and it's almost time to think about applying for medicaid. How do I approach my mother with this? She's gotten use to me paying all her bills and doesn't want to know anything about how much AL is costing. She's not going to be left with much per month and I don't know how to tell her. I'm putting this off as long as possible. She gets her hair done every week, she has cable tv and a phone and she goes out to lunch with her friends once in awhile. Plus she's going to have to share a room with someone. I've tried to talk to her but she changes the subject. How can I tell her she'll have to cut down? My husband and I are on fixed income so we have no money left over per month to give her. I wish I did. How have others approached this?