What can we expect and how can we arrange for mom to move from Idaho to Utah?

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Mom's in an independent living community in Idaho. But she has no immediate family within hundreds of miles. (She did, but they died.) She waffles on moving closer to family but she mentioned a couple of days ago that she was thinking about it. She's on medicaid and I think some sort of housing program that my brother got her into before he passed away. I was told I need to talk to her caseworker, which I will do. We want to get her into another independent living situation as that appears to suit her at this time. But I really don't know anything about where to find a place, how to get her in, or any of the financial arrangements. Also I would be grateful for advice on how to make this move as easy as possible for Mom. Thank you so much! Ruth

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Thanks for the answers. It's confusing. The Idaho DHWS says she doesn't have a caseworker. But they gave me a number to call to ask questions. So I need to find out exactly what programs Mom is benefiting from and what happens to those when she moves. If she moves. She's back to the "no move" mindset today.
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You'll have to move her in with you until she establishes residency in the new state. Personally, I would NOT do this, no way. Not only do her Medicaid benefits stop, her housing assistance stops, health care coverage stops, SNAP and HEAP stop. It all falls on you until Utah decides whether or not she is eligible.
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entrepa, since your Mom is Medicaid in Idaho, she would need to apply and be accepted for Medicaid in Utah. Please note that all States do not have the same programs via Medicaid. Mom's Medicaid will stop at the Idaho State line.

I assume Mom is in a nursing home as Medicaid does not pay for independent Living nor Assisted Living, only Nursing Homes. But some States do have a waiver program where Medicaid will pay a part of an Assisted Living rent.

Or did you mean that Mom is on Medicare, which is different from Medicaid which is for people who do not have the financial means to pay for senior care?

Since it sounds like Mom doesn't have any memory issues, now would be a good time to move her. That way she can get use to her new home, the Staff, and make new friends. Call you local Agency on Aging and they can give you a list of places, and names of contacts to get the ball rolling.
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