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The meds the doctor puts her on in GEriatrics Behavior hospital for two weeks made her more suicidal...So guess what she passed out the next time uncounscious and put back in two more weeks... Now sent home with medicare nurse checking her blood pressure and asking about mother's finances...I asked for 20 day Medicare Rehab to stabilize meds nursing home evaluated and turned her down because of suicide attempt.....Now Medicare nurse comes by for 15-min- 1 hour 2-3 times a week and basically checks blood pressure and checks that we our taking care of her at home.... Now I'm wondering if some where down the road ASSISTED LIVING is going to be an option when and if mom stabilizes on her meds finally?????Or are they going to claim they don't want liability if some one has attempted suicide?Anyone had this experience...No I don't have financial power of attorney either what a mess.......

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At this point, I would focus on getting her stabilized with her medication and getting the power of attorney. I would also explore ongoing counseling via a counselor that can bill under her Med B benefit. But remember you can't bill Med A and Med B at the same time so you can start with a long term counselor after the Medicare nurse has discharged. Ask the nurse for a recommendation or just google for a counselor in your area that accepts Medicare B payment.

As far as anyone accepting her related to her suicide attempt, I think it's impossible to answer that without knowing your community and the options available. Some facilities are more accepting than others at every level. Most facilities that I've worked with will want to see that she's stable and not currently suicidal. But you are absolutely right on target that it could a possible barrier to admission an assisted living or nursing home.

Unfortunately, geriatric mental health is very lacking but with some strong advocating on your part she should be able to stabilize and hopefully get some sense of hope then transition to a new living arrangement. Best of luck to the both of you... You're clearly doing a great job for her by asking the right questions!
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Ya can't win for losing sounds like to me!
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I am reading that the meds "made her more suicidal." So, did she have an attempt in the past or did she just threaten. A lot of people threaten and never go through with it.
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Get a power of attorney and stop worrying about something that has not happened. Cross your bridges when you come to them.
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Try to get the medical record "corrected" so that it does not reflect a suicide attempt so much as improper medication. If this incident was the only attempt she has on her record, then you may be able to argue that she is not suicidal. My mother-in-law was abusive to the point where one rehab facility finally wrote her up and when she was to be released, no place would take her because of the write up. We later learned that she had chronic UTIs, which, when untreated, caused her behavior. Once we could explain this, we were able to place her in a terrific facility. Unless your mother really needs to be in a psychiatric facility, I would try to avoid that at all costs. At best, they are hellish. Good luck.
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Assisted living will not take a patient with a history of suicide either. About her only option is your home or a psychiatric facility. For most folks, this means a state-run home with varying degrees of security. If you have lots of money, there are private facilities with better accommodations. That is what the Nurse is hinting at when she asks about finances. Believe me when I tell you the RN is looking at more than BP and housekeeping. She could probably help get mom into a private facility if it is within mom's budget.
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