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My mom is 97 and I want to keep her out of a nursing home forever if that is possible. I live in the state of Michigan. They offer MI choice Medicaid waiver which offers services for your loved one at home. Has anyone used something like this? It almost sounds too good to be true.
Thank you and I look forward to your replies.

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Msbarbie: Per google, A Medicaid waiver is a provision in Medicaid law which allows the federal government to waive rules that usually apply to the Medicaid program. I did not use a Medicaid waiver or Medicaid for my late mother's care.
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I had to find a caregiver agency that takes Medicaid waiver patients. The aides are paid by Medicaid but at a smaller fee than normal aides.
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Will someone explain what a Medicaid waiver is? Who gets it and how does it work?
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my2cents Jan 21, 2022
A Medicaid waiver is a provision in Medicaid law which allows the federal government to waive rules that usually apply to the Medicaid program. The intention is to allow individual states to accomplish certain goals, such as reducing costs, expanding coverage, or improving care for certain target groups such as the elderly or women who are pregnant.
Thanks to these waivers, states can provide services to their residents that wouldn’t usually be covered by Medicaid. For instance, in-home care for people who would otherwise have to go into long-term institutional care.

Check with the Medicaid in your state to see what is available.
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I have not used it myself but I have several clients in NJ that have and it appears to be a blessing! Go for it
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Apply for it, it will cover care and expenses.
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SassySher Jan 23, 2022
Goodness....recently came across this helpful info I'm caring for my 81 yr old mom in our villa. Dad went to heaven Nov of 2019 so my point is it's ONLY the two of us 'against the world' it feels like someday. I need questions answered or even give me an idea and I will be
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I had to recently try to get rid of a good LPN who I hired yrs ago to help take care of daddy too. We all came really close. But my friends tell me they c her manipulating me and doesnt help cuz I'm very caring and giving so I hate to even think this but would she manipulate me....she has faith in God....seems to at least. I told her I cannot afford her anymore and she's begging me to continue until wintertime. Also I'm of course POA over mommy..health care surrogate too. Bad thing is I need to quickly change that info. And she also told me she would never let my mom go into nursing homes.
When we initially met her
Yep stupid me......she got me to sign paperwork in front of my banker who is a notary too. It's almost of pressure and I have to watch everyone....sad.
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Apply for it. If she is low income and eligible, take it. Any of the in-home programs that exist to help people stay out of nursing homes will benefit you in the long run. Take available help.
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The local Visiting Nurse association recommended and helped us apply for my mother. We had to first fill out the Medicaid application and have an in home evaluation of my mothers abilities to perform activities of daily living (ADL’s). She was determined eligible due to dementia but her ineligible for Medicaid (we knew that) her income was more than the requirements. But, she was eligible for a partial benefit. Small amount but worth it.
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We have Medicaid Managed Long Term Care here in NYS. It was great help with my mom (who had dementia and could not do anything at all for herself) a few years ago. So worth it. We got 7 hours of help a day from that so they got her up and put her to bed and everything in between. That was before the employee shortages of course. I think it is difficult now to get people, at least where we are. So I am now thinking that, depending on how much help my dad will need, he may have to stay in a nursing home because of the shortages in help from these homecare agencies.
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It is a great option if available in your state. I have helped residents go home on this program with nearly round-the-clock care. They must be nursing home eligible, qualify for Medicaid (many of who are nursing home residents) and have a safe place to go. Working with a family member now to qualify. The process takes time, so it won’t happen overnight. Good luck
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https://www.payingforseniorcare.com/michigan/medicaid-waivers/choice-waiver-program
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In the state of Ohio, it is called passport. My mother-in-law had dementia and it would become too much for my father-in-law to do on his own. I called the council on aging in our state and found out about passport. She needed to qualify for Medicaid, which she did. So she was eligible for care in her home for hours per day six days per week. As she worsened, the hours per day increased. It was a lifesaver for my father-in-law at the time. Most states have two or three waiver or Medicaid at home options. Please do yourself a favor and see an elder care lawyer first thing as you start down this road. I hope you get the care you need for your love one
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We have it here in Iowa and have been trying to get it for my BIL but he isn't at the age for it they said he has to be 65 he is 64 so here we wait. BIL has dementia, seizures, and other issues also lives alone at his apartment. It will take some of your burden off of you. We wanted it for someone to go in the make breakfast, do his pills, his bp and sugars then come in by supper and do the same for him.

With Medicaid you have to pay them back after the person has passed away so watch that part. With my BIL when he passes we will have to pay the state back for all they have supplied for him. He has been on Medicaid now for 9 yrs so they will take any savings and life insurance they have until their bill is paid.

Medicaid pays someone to come in and do the chores for that person. To the person who does this they have to claim it on their taxes because its wages. I know this because I do taxes and have a few that come thru.

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Immediately, contact your Medicaid office! And, senior community services organization in your area. The two organizations working together will help you get the Waiver, and your life will be yours again. Caveat - it will take a lot of determination, patience, and paperwork to do this - but do not give up. It will take time to pull everything together so prepare for frustration. There are many records to get together, and of course, doctor's recommendation.

I live in Virginia and I was able to get 40 hours a week care, nurse visits, supplies, and emotional support.

It was difficult to find a good agency that takes Waiver but do diligence. Sometimes the ones that take it are not the best in terms of quality.

Good luck!
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Never heard of it. In Florida or at least the county I'm in contacted senior services have county max for home care hours. Twenty but am getting extra 10 due to covid. If it wasn't for that not sure I would still be able to care for my mom. I know I couldn't. It also provides diapers, nutritional drinks, shampoo/body wash and a few other things. Look into senior services through your county's website and take it from there. Good luck to u as fellow caregiver it is far from an easy road but these services will help u more then u can imagine right now.🙂
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InFamilyService Jan 20, 2022
Florida does have Medicaid Waiver. Home caregivers sent through a medicaid agency.

Contact Elder Source to see if your loved one is eligible. They do an hour long phone assessment with yourself to identify needs. The patient has to be on Medicaid first and my mom still had to spend down.
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The waiver usually only offers a small amount support. Many of the programs that offer in home support are having challenges providing the staffing needed to support the client load. Call your local area agency on aging and see if they have any information that could help your mom to age in place.
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Yes. We had a waiver for mom and dad. They both got approved for so many daily hours of homemaker and personal care services in the home. So many hours of respite in the home (what I'm finding hard for the agency I'm using to fulfill) or you could use some of the respite hours for adult daycare. With that being said, expect to still do most (cooking as an example). Plan for turnover and no-shows. So the Medicaid waiver tool can be helpful but it's not a perfect system.
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You posted the same question 7 times. Posting this comment so the admins can delete the other 6 posts.
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