I just received the first bill from the nursing home and the wheelchair rental is on it for $3.75 a day. My mother is private pay right now but will eventually be applying for Medicaid. When she's on Medicaid, she'll only get a monthly stipend of $35.00 (?). How will she be able to pay that rental then? I won't be able to afford the monthly rental by myself. She can't walk on her own, so she needs that wheelchair. The majority of the residents in the home use a chair also.
P.S. The bill also includes a $48 charge for the nursing home hairdresser - for a perm!! I never okayed that and I'm plenty pissed off about it. I originally told the admin at the home that I wanted my mother's hair cut every 8 weeks and I thought the wash would be included in their bathing services. That $48 was only for the first month's bill - since then when I visit her she has manicured, polished nails, a blowout and spray that makes her look like Zsa Zsa Gabor, and one curly do that was just...well, indescribable. My mother has always maintained a short, tidy hairdo with no frills. I feel that since she's private pay she's being taken advantage of. I'm going to the home on Tuesday and I'll address it with the admin, but I'm really just plain mad right now. They gave her the perm 2 days after she went to live there. GGRRRR!!