A bit of a sensational headline there... but, made you look, eh?
So, here's the story. Moved my mom into an ALF in June. I was under the impression that the ALF we moved her into has some Medicaid beds and that when we are close to running out of private pay money the ALF will help us get Medicaid.
BUT... I was chatting with the ALF business manager the other day who said that they don't take Medicaid and that when the time comes they would move my mom into a double room and work with us. The BM said that the state (NC) wouldn't let my mom have Medicaid because she gets a VA benefit.
Mom currently has SSA, and VA Aid & Attendance, which together don't cover the full cost of her rent/care, so a few hundred dollars (give or take) come from other sources to cover the rest of the rent/care, prescriptions, and everything else. FYI (for the unaware) if she gets Medicaid, the VA benefit drops to $90/month.
So, what exactly does it mean, that the ALF will "work with us"? I fully expect that even if we move my mom into a double room, eventually the cost of her care will again outpace her means.
I like the place and I think the people who work there have their hearts in the right place. I don't want to move her again, she has not even remotely adjusted yet after 3 months there. I think another move will extend and/or prolong her unhappiness.