debbied78 Asked March 2011

Will respite care groups accept my mother's Medicare or Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance?

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Are there any respite care groups who will accept my 95-year-old mom's Medicare or Blue cross/shield insurance?

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debmcd1256 Mar 2011
Without more information I can't be certain, but what your mom probably has is Medicare with a supplement (BCBS). Unfortunately these do not help with respite care or long term "custodial" care of any kind. Medicare will kick in for a limited number of skilled nursing home days immediately following a hospitalization if the patient meets certain guidelines. One option is to check your local division of aging. Often they have lists of options for respite. Some are unreasonable but sometimes there are volunteers for limited number of hours. If you need a "real vacation" and 24/7 care you can try to hire privately, $150 /day is a good window or check with local nursing homes they often will provide care for 7-14 days.
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