We visited my MIL on Long Island, NY, who turned 95 last weekend at a reputable or at least recognizable LTC chain. She is in memory care, (highest level, locked elevator, etc).
MiL’s administrator was there working on Saturday and we asked to speak with her to review MIL’s general status. This particular Mgr was a Social Worker. My MIL has dementia & needs assistance with everything but still walks using her walker, has a voracious appetite and her recent lab work is better than my own. She is 5’ 110 lbs & most of the time is up and out of her room with supervision walking. (Restless - gets meds for that but we all know it can be a fine line between medication tolerance and disaster for our elderly.
I asked the Social Worker if this center had a % of Medicaid waiver beds for the purpose of not having to move a person who had exhausted their $ resources to SNF. (Playing dumb) I asked her what happened when a private pay could no longer fork out the almost $10K monthly fee (as they get from my MIL who has been there about 4 - 5 years so far).
I came enlightened from what I have learned on this forum, lol, & eager to hear her response.
The SW said once a resident runs out of funds to pay the center, the resident would need to be transferred to a SNF.
I asked, prefaced with, don’t you have a percent of rooms you set aside for situations where perhaps a resident who has self payed for a certain time is able to remain there while the center took what Medicaid paid.
The social worker said no, and that New York State has no such law addressing this important issue of Medicaid waivers.
So, I asked again, did this mean my 95 y/o MIL would be discharged from this specific chain assisted living (which has indeed been around and thriving for years)- when her money runs out?
Yes....that was the answer.
Can anyone from NY confirm this is true? There are a few New Yorkers here. I can research after work as well but maybe someone knows?
Can you imagine moving a 95 y/o from luxury to a SNF? After spending so much for her care for 5+ years?
To me, cruel and Inhumane.
This is what happens to our seniors these days in New York. And New York will limit the size of sugar drinks you can buy, but then reneged with Amazon to do business in Queens which would have created thousands of jobs in that community (perfect fit for residents of not only Queens but NYC btw), etc etc.
What’s wrong with this picture?