My husband's father's wife (not his mother), who I will refer to as Loved One, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's two years ago. We live far away and so, to try to help where we could, we hired an Aging Life Specialist. I think she's been very helpful getting the proper diagnosis, attending doctor visits and helping to organize an application for Community Medicaid. She has helped arrange for caregivers which my FIL has reluctantly allowed a little bit.
Recently, there were a number of ER visits and at the last one someone told my FIL that LO didn't seem safe at home and that the state might step in and keep her. This has seriously freaked him out and he fired the Aging Life Specialist because he thinks somehow she is to blame for this. Of course, she isn't. She was advocating for more help in the home to make things safer. She does not want the LO removed. Anyway, my question is: Now that they are approved for Community Medicaid, there seem to be a lot of rules that need to be followed. Who will help someone with these rules? I imagine most people can't hire their own social worker so where do they turn? Does Medicaid give you a case worker who will advise you?