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Mother went into ICU after a fall, has been there months. Turned 65 in ICU and was denied medicaid because copies of taxes, deeds, etc were not provided (mother has no assets and SSD has been direct deposited into her bank account, which no one but her has access to). Patient can not speak due to ventilator but is coherent and can write, estranged daughter visited from out of state to try to help but social workers have been putting on great pressure to pull the plug on the ventilator/feeding tube (even though mother is not cognitively impaired). Daughter is being told that since the mother was denied placement in long term care facility due to medicaid denial she will need to come pick her mother up and take her home (even though that means unplugging her). Mother does not want daughter's help and in uncooperative, but social workers insist on requesting information from daughter, information daughter does not have access to.


Are the social workers in the ICU responsible for helping the patient obtain coverage?


Is the daughter financially responsible in any way for her mother or her mother's care - there is no POA and before the accident mother and daughter had not spoken for years due to mother's alcoholism.

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If the daughter essentially is abandoning mom for financial and medical responsibility then the hospital will eventually seek out a new guardian/conservator through the court system. The court will usually assign a lawyer. It takes about 30 days or so.
I do need to comment that patients are left to suffer by keeping them alive for lots of selfish reasons based on family decsions. The medical staff cannot make that decision but the appointed guardian/conservator will have to do it.
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No. And why is the 'estranged' daughter 'visiting' from out of state, what's she supposed to do? She is not responsible in any way, and I don't know why after all this time she is supposed to get involved.
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Since mother just turned 65, why wasb't the MEDICARE process started?
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Mom is coherent? Mom is able to understand? Mom is able to write? The easiest is to have mom appoint someone as POA. Then that person can do all that is needed. If mom will not? Then the only option remaining is emergency guardianship which coyld be a family member as long as there is no opposition.
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If you can get mother to sign social security papers making her estranged daughter her Representative Payee, she will have access to at least money. This signature has to be notarized and witnessed. A social worker's job is to provide resources to help families, not impede their care and discharge. If the daughter can get access to the house to get copies of a deed, taxes, etc.,then mother could be re-evaluated by Medicaid. If "pulling the plug" will not end her life, but just a term the social worker is using, by law the hospital cannot just kick her out, regardless of the ability to pay. Get the hospital advocate to look into this case as something is not right here. Do not give up!
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Daughter has no responsibility. Of course daughter is going to get pressure to assume responsibility -- that would be easiest for the facility and the social worker. Daughter should firmly bow out and Mother will become a ward of the state.
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Daughter should tell the social workers to seek emergency guardianship and make mom a ward of the state. She should just refuse to participate They will sort it out. She is not POA or HCP unless she signed something for it.
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