Short-term care covered by Medicare has ended and Medicaid hasn't been approved, but my father still needs Skilled Nursing Assistance. What do we do?
Medicare ended Friday, May 27. My father had a stroke and was placed at SNF in February for rehab. Monday May 30 the SNF stopped rehab. He's unable to take care of himself and I'm afraid that since he can't afford to pay out of pocket he will be sent home. He applied for medicaid in February but I'm told it could take up to a year before it is approved. He has improved a lot since he's been there but with no rehab I'm afraid this will set him back and if I don't come up with a solution soon I'm sure they will release. I need financial assistance so he can get the help he needs and stay at the facility or find a facility that can give him the help he needs. What other resources are available beside medicare and medicaid for the elderly? He's totally disabled now but his goal is to be able to take care of himself and go home. Now that the rehab has ended he'll never be able to do that and if he's sent home now how will he get the care that he needs. He's on a feeding tube, he can't walk and if he sent home on such a short notice his home is not equiped for a handicap individual and none of the caregivers have any training on how to care for him. I'm at the end of my rope. What do I do now? Where do I go for help?