I'm moving to Maine and want to get my grandma on Medicaid. Is there a way to make the transition smooth while moving? My grandma in CT is set up with 21 hours a week help with caregiving. She's on Medicare right now and Connecticut has elderly services that pay some leaving us with 7% to pay and I handle the other hours without care and am not getting paid. In Maine I'd like to return back to work (so I can have insurance and not get fined for not having any) and have grandma on medicaid but I'm scared she will have a huge lapse of time without services. She uses her services right now to get a daily bath, to be dressed, and fed lunch giving me a 3 hour a day break to run errands and pack up the house. In Maine at first for the summer it will be to run errands and unpack a house.
Has anyone moved out of state with their loved one on medicare and managed to get care right away? I know I have to apply for Medicaid and I was told it was a lengthy process. Is there a way to have it be speeded up? Can I apply using the Maine address since we have the house and we are fixing it up before we get there and have her approved before I officially move into the house then stop services in Connecticut the day I move and have stuff already set up when we arrive or is that illegal? I just dont want to be in a house, overwhelmed with care, and have her with her with severe dementia scared stiff while I try to unpack and paint up the house to have it ready to be a true home. She hates to be alone in a room and does crazy things when that happens. I just want to avoid an accident before it happens by having someone there with her while I have a few hours to myself.