My grandma is 87 and was placed in a skillled nursing facility in Stanislaus County (California). Her dementia has gotten worse. She refuses to take meds, wanders around and takes other patients items. The facility social worker called and said that they want to transfer her to a dementia unit in another facility because they can’t cater for her and other residents are complaining about her.
I don’t agree as this is the only place she knows and she does not speak English so there are some staff that understand her language and are able to better communicate with her.
Also she has no funds therefore her care is paid by Medi-cal.
I live overseas and am her only left family. I called some facilities in the area and none of them accept Medi-cal for dementia unit or memory care.
What are her options? I attempted to speak to the facility, however they were very rude and intimidating. I was scared to say anything as I am worried that I will make things worse. I am grandma's listed responsible party.
What do you mean by "responsible party". Like Barb this means you pay her bills? If on MediCal I don't think this is what you mean. I think you maybe down on her HIPPA paperwork as someone they are allowed to talk to and you can talk to them. Do you have POA?
With you living out of the country, are you sure the NH does not have guardianship over Grandma. And that you are just being informed of the change and why out of courtesy not because they are asking your permission? If they have guardianship, they or the person who is the guardian, makes the decision.
Trust me, memory care is her greatest care need, so yes, she should be moved there.
Also, please read this link. You need to get yourself removed as "responsible party". It implies you will pay her bills.