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My father is a pauper. He is under interdiction and I am his curator. He is mentally disabled due to a work accident 25 years ago. He is coherent enough not wanting to go to a poop hole facility. I found one that he has agreed, but the facility has denied him due to his previous suicidal tendencies. He indeed has a suicidal history. Are there any appeal processes that one can go through? He is not suicidal at this time. I don't know what to do and is in my home. My father is not a violent man either. I have a wife and two small children. He really has no where else to go and has turned down another place that may have accepted him, but is indeed a poop hole. His mobility sucks and he needs 24x7 care. I don't want to abandon him or put him in a shit hole. This is no doubt putting a strain on my wife and I. Any insights?

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I would consider talking to the administration of the first facility and see if there is any way to reverse their decision. Often talking calmly with a real person in the admission's department can help overcome many concerns the facility may have. The key is in the tone of the conversation. Calmly explain your understanding of their concerns, explain your father's success with being stable now that he is under better treatment and ask if their is anything that can be done to make him a better fit for the facility. Follow-up regularly with your father's psychiatrist so they have documentation of him being well treated and stable. A history of Suicidal actions is much less worrisome if it is 1-2 years ago than if it was 2 months ago.

If the answer is still no, work with your local Medicaid department or Area Agency on aging for support in the home. I would also see if there are other good facilities in the area. Good facilities that take Medicaid often have wait lists for beds. Get on wait lists and regularly make polite inquiries to check in on availability. Developing a good relationship with the people in charge of waiting lists can often help your loved one move to the top of the list based on need.
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