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I am still puzzled after having mom with me a few days. I woke at 4 AM and realized she was up. she had taken all of her things and strewn them about the room. She complained of someone in her things when she was still in assisted living and I always assumed it was her own doing. Now I have seen this occur first hand. Why is this behavior not enough to keep her in skilled nursing where we can get Medicaid. She was above the income for Medicaid for assisted living. The nurses were more aware of mom's condition than anyone yet they had no weigh in the decision of the center.

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I'd have her evaluated by a doctor since a medical opinion may be needed.

Skilled nursing generally means a nursing home. There are certain qualifications for someone to be admitted under Medicare. If she's been paying her way privately, you may be able to have her admitted to a nursing home under private pay. By the time her money is spent down, she'll likely qualify for Medicaid.

Please let us know how you're doing,
Carol
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Assisted Living will take dementia, but they do not deal with bowel incontinence or hallucinations or aggression, which includes throwing things. Nor do they keep doors locked to stop wandering. A memory care facility would be more appropriate.
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Assisted living facilities usually deals with custodial care and have limited medical or health services, unlike a skilled care facility which offers advance medical supervision, administration of medication, various therapy and even psychological health services. Long-term care recipients also have access to laboratory and medical equipment. I agree with Carol, have your mom evaluated by a doctor so you know exactly where she is coming from. If your mom's income exceeds medicaid's requirement, then you would have to spend down her assets, but you must spend it to pay for her care. Medicare however helps pay for skilled care but it is limited to 100 days. Check this resource on how you can get skilled care through medicare, take note that medicare does not pay for long-term care services:
http://www.infolongtermcare.org/get-skilled-care-through-medicare/
Check to see if your mom is qualified, good luck to you.
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thanks. weighing all the suggestions and options
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