My mom is in skilled nursing for rehab. She has a long time caregiver she has used in the past which we hired to stay with her in the skilled nursing facility to help her eat and just motivate her. The skilled nursing center first stated the caregiver must have a TB test, which she had but is now saying we can only use a caregiver if we go through a caregiver agency.
I looked up Medicare rules and found the following. It states any person who gives you help with your health may see you at any reasonable time. Can a skilled nursing center demand that a caregiver you hire has to go through some agency. The problem is the agencies charge twice as much and mom would not be able to afford that.
"You have the right to spend private time with visitors at any reasonable hour. The SNF must permit your family to visit you at any time, as long as you want to see them. You don't have to see any visitor you don't want to see. Any person who gives you help with your health or legal services may see you at any reasonable time. This includes your doctor, representative from the health department, and your Long-Term Care Ombudsman, among others."