Hello! A patient (over the age of 65) was admitted into a psych facility (nervous breakdown, dementia, depression, anxiety) and stayed for approximately two months. He was financially approved for Medicaid long term care while there and then was transferred into a skilled nursing facility for rehab therapy. Since he hasn't been home (he can't live alone anymore), his POA is paying all of his bills through his bank account. Now there's extra money since he hasn't been using any of it for living expenses (food, clothing, gas, entertainment, etc.,). Should the POA make sure that the bank account is down to $2000 before he's admitted for long term stay (by spending money on the patient & keeping receipts) so he can stay Medicaid approved or does it matter since he's already approved financially?
Also, does Medicaid recoup that extra money or is the money available for the patient once he's admitted into the nursing home for long term care? The patient could use hearing aids now that he'll have help to operate them in the nursing home w/ CNA's. I appreciate any advice, thanks!