It's complicated; Can an elder lawyer help? In January, I arrived at my Florida home to find that my mother was gone. After I filed a missing person report, the investigating officer said that my mother was safe in my home state of Pennsylvania, and did not want to disclose her location. I shortly found out that my younger niece had come to my house and spirited her away. Since I thought my mother wanted to be there, I left the situation alone.
Fast forward to late April. My mother has psychiatric issues and stopped eating and drinking out of fear that her food was being tampered with. My brother had her admitted to a psychiatric hospital. I assumed that she would go back to my niece's house; instead, she was sent to a nursing home that was an hour away from the closest relative.
My sister had her transferred to a nursing home within a reasonable distance, but did not make any arrangements to get my mother's current financial information. At the time of her transfer, my mother only had Medicare. Now I'm told that Medicare will not pay for any of her nursing home days because a psychiatric inpatient stay does not qualify her.
There's so much going on--there's no POA, family members are scattered, and I'm concerned about my mother being in a nursing home, which she had never wanted for herself. Her finances are limited, so she would qualify for Medicaid--if we could get my niece to return my mother's purse and financial information. What's the next step? I'm on the verge of just taking her back to my house in Florida and going from there. She eats on her own, needs assistance walking, and is continent (she uses Poise pads, but doesn't need diapers).
Any helpful advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.