My Mom is in an assisted living currently, and has middle stages of Alzheimer’s. I put her in a safe AL, as I work a lot and am frequently out of town. No siblings or relatives to help.
Mom’s money is running out (she has no idea how much the assisted living is costing her). She still thinks she can live on her own, which she cannot. (Fell a few times, refuses to bathe, etc).
So within the next 6 months I will have to put her on Medicaid, which will completely change her world and way of life and will be very difficult for her, especially with her Alzheimer’s. She is not at all a social person so she only talks and vents to me.
She currently has her own room w microwave and small fridge. I’ve tried to keep her life stable and unchanging up to this point.
Medicaid will mean sharing a room with other women in a nursing home.
How do I best prepare her for what will be a most difficult transition?
I have racked myself with guilt over the money, praying I’m doing the right thing and being a good steward with her money and making good decisions as her POA.
She doesn’t at all understand that she has Alzheimer’s, even though it’s been proven thru all the tests and MRIs.
I feel so alone in this, has anyone else had to deal with this same situation of switching to Medicaid and moving a parent to a Medicaid facility?