What is the first step towards getting my 87-year-old mother with Alzheimer's into a nursing home?

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Talk with her doctor and tell them she can't be at home any longer. Ask if they recommend a nursing home or assisted living facility. Then go visit the "intake" coordinator at the nursing home or assisted living facility. If she's been hospitalized recently or your doctor is willing to refer Mom to nursing home, medicare may pay for UP TO 120 days post-surgery care or provided she's getting rehab or therapy with the intent to send her home. Once there, she can be deemed "unable to return home" and then she'll have to pay privately or her income plus medicaide can pay for the monthly fees.

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