A good friend just informed me that his mother (CA 87 y/o) had fallen while going up stairs, and turned out to have both broken and dislocated her elbow. She is now in the hospital to reset the bones and must have surgery. She has minimal assets, and he, his sister, and the sister's son all live in a rather small house with his mother near Cleveland, OH. He is worried that his mother might require extended rehabilitation in a facility until her arm heals. I explained the 20 day/80 day support Medicare would provide, but even the copays for more than a few days 21+ would present a financial challenge. He wondered if he should ask about Medicaid. I assume it would be difficult to get it on such short notice, but I suggested that after discharge from the hospital perhaps rehabilitation could take place at home with a physical therapist visiting (which I believe Medicare would cover). I suggested talking to a social worker at the hospital, but I'm wondering if anyone can suggest an appropriate course of action. Should he be "pro-active" in investigating Medicaid, or should he simply wait to be told what the prognosis is, and what recommended care plan is suggested and then go from there? His mother (whom I've met) seems fine mentally and is in reasonably good health otherwise although he said she is beginning to rely on a walker.