Is there any assistance for a Korean Wartime Veteran who is on Medicaid but needs help paying for a private room in a nursing home? - AgingCare.com

Is there any assistance for a Korean Wartime Veteran who is on Medicaid but needs help paying for a private room in a nursing home?

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He is in the memory care unit and as of right now putting him in with a roommate would be extremely hard as he can become very "irritable" at times.

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No, not while on Medicaid. Ypu can only request one, no guarantees.
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There are some good suggestions above. I hope you can find some help. If it doesn't work out though, I would discuss the the shared room with the facility. Before my LO got a shared room, I thought it might be problematic, as she was a highly private person but, as it turned out, it was fine. I learned that the residents spent hardly any time in their room, except for sleeping. They mainly are out and about in the activity room, watching tv in the media room, having meals and snacks in the dining room or out on the patio outside.
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I’m going to approach this from another angle as Medicaid payment is designed for shared rooms..... probably the simplest is to see if your states Medicaid allows for family to private pay the MC the difference between a private room and a Medicaid shared room and you do this with an autopay drawn from your bank account; OR could dad get orders from his MD or a geriatric psychiatrist that single room status is needed for his mental health. This does run a level of risk as it changes the level of care needed in his health records; OR does this MC have “odd” floorplan rooms? my moms 2nd NH had the rooms at the end of each hallway with smaller dimensions due to stairwell & equipment closet. They were made to be single rooms occupied by males who had a community spouse who “visited” & no issue for Medicaid to pay as room size was such that 2 beds, etc could not fit into room. My mil old NH was in a historic zone and the floor plans in her area had them all in single person mini suites with shared jack&jill bathroom that opened onto community balcony & floorplan could NOT be changed due to historic district status. (Place was awesome & she hated it but thats another issue).

You probably will find that switching to VA A&A - rather than staying on Medicaid - will mean a shortfall in $ to pay. If say his MC is 8k a mo, Medicaid pays all plus whatever is his copay / SOC; A&A at $ 1800 plus his monthly copay / SOC from SS or pensions more than likely won’t add up to 8k so there will be a “gap” that must be private paid in some way. A&A for NH works well if they are still in spenddown mode before being eligible for Medicaid though. My understanding is that VA won’t pay A&A if Medicaid is being drawn but instead VA does pay a separate VA personal need allowance of $90 a mo. So dad would have 2 PNAs each mo.
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Thank you so much for giving me some direction to go. I really appreciate it.
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Have you applied for (or is he receiving) AID AND ATTENDANCE? If not, and he meets the requirements,  serveed during one of the major military conflicts, at least one day during the actual time period,  was honorably discharged,  and meets the financial requirements as well, then he should qualify for A&A, and can get up to 1,760 dollars. 

The filing process to recieve the benifits isn't too bad, and can take up to 10 months or so to receive,  but I filed for my FIL,  using a lawyer who does nothing but A&A fillings, and it did cost my FIL 700 dollars for them to represent him, but they do make sure that All of the ppwk is turned in correctly,  and they do support him with any assistance on his claim, for the rest of his life should there ever be any sort of updates or questions later on. 

Using the Lawyer , they were able to fast track his application through anew expedited program called "fully developed claim", and my FIL recieved his full Veterans pension   (A&A) in only 7 weeks.

This money went a long way in helping to pay his rent in Assisted living.  I'm not sure how it would work in paying for a Private Room, but I don't see why not? 

You should definitely inquire if he isn't already receiving this little known Veterans benifit! 

You can do the application online for free through Veterans Affairs, or with the help of you local VFW group, but do make sure you go the FDC, to recieve his military pension money's swiftly.

I hope this helps! Good Luck 
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I assume he's getting medical benefits through the VA? If so, contact his team leader and ask to speak with the social worker who works for that team. I've found them to be very knowledgeable and helpful about what might be available for enrolled Veterans.

Does he have any service connected disabilities? You could get some extra funds if he does, and they could be applied toward a private room.
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