To make a long story short, for multiple reasons including care needs increasing, as well as financial impacts, I need to get my mom transferred from an assisted living to a custodial (Medi-Cal funded bed in a skilled nursing facility. The dilemma: the most appropriate “locked” facilities don’t take Medi-Cal, and the non-locked facilities won’t take my mom because she has Alzheimer’s, and is mobile.
I have exhausted all resources, including communicating directly with nursing homes, using placement specialists, local senior services, and even Medi-Cal themselves, who says she makes too much with social security ($1600 a month) to qualify for the Medi-Cal waiver program.
The advice that keeps consistently being given, even from her doctor is take her to the ER, say she has no where to go, hope she is admitted for “3 midnights”, and then the hospital will find her a temporary placement under Medicare, which will eventually become long term under Medi-Cal.
I am planning to try this tomorrow. My question is if they try to discharge her, can I get in trouble for refusing to take her out of ER? Can legal action be taken against me for abandonment? I feel like a heel for having to go this route, but the system seems flawed, and I feel that mom being placed in a skilled nursing facility is the best case scenario for everyone involved, especially, mom.