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How do I know when it is time for my mother to go into a home?

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I moved my mother here from out of state last year to be with me and my husband. She has alheimers and I could see her getting worse through mistakes she was making trying to take care of herself. I tried to move her in with us and that did not work for us. So at this time she is living by herself less then a mile from us. I have to take care of her finances bring her medication each day or she will take too much or too little. I have to take her to her doctors appointments or she can not remember why she went. She does not now remember to always change her clothes and the basics of keeping up on her housework. Sometimes her communication with me is now less. As if she has less to say.
We see her neurologist later this month and when we saw him last time her score on his test had gone down 4 points and I fear it has gone down further.
My question is how do I know when it is time for her to go into a care facility. My understanding is that the government only covers convalescent care for a person with only social security income that they would not cover an assisted living facility which is what I think she needs at this time.
I know either way she will be against either.
I just feel completely overwhelmed out of time and unsure of what to do. I work full time and trying to find time to find out everything out is very hard.

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I agree with cwillie. When we start to wonder if it's time for a nursing home the answer is usually "yes".

Most people who enter into long term care do so on Medicaid although I don't think Medicaid covers assisted living but I'm not 100% sure.

But a nursing home does accept Medicaid and when you get to the point where you've toured a few facilities and you've found one that you like they'll have a social worker who will walk you through everything you need to do to get your mom approved for Medicaid.
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I think that by the time someone asks this question it is already way pat time, your mother really doesn't sound as though she should be alone any more.
I think that it is possible to have medicaid pay for assisted living memory care. You should mention your concerns to the neurologist while you are there and then make some calls to local facilities to discuss your options, they should know the ins and outs of available funding better than anyone.
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