My Mother (97 years old) is permanently in a nursing home and on Title 19. When she entered the facility (6 years ago), I was told she needed a POA (power of attorney) and so I accepted the role. With some advice on how to proceed by the social worker there, I successfully enrolled Mom on Title 19.
I was told by this nursing home that it is my responisibility for maintaining Mom's finances and for keeping her on Title 19. Some of the important tasks are: Keep the account under $1600. Pay the "Applied Income" to the nursing home. Send in money to the nursing home for Mom's Personal Needs Acct. And I dont mind doing that.
However, every year there is a redetermination process for Title 19. And sometimes I'm not sure which documents to send in. I sometimes send in *way* too many, just to be safe. There have been a couple close calls where I did not get the documentation sent in by the rquired time period, or they required something more than what I sent. And I usually bite my fingernails to the bone worrying that I may file something incorrectly, and Mom will fall off Title 19.
This year is even worse because the state seems to have changed some things around. and I'm having a *massively ridiculous* time getting Title 19 redetermination completed. In fact, after more than a month of sending in all the forms (and not hearing anything since) I can not even get a person on the phone from the state to ask a question! I get put on hold for HOURS! The state MAY have mailed a notice of what else they need, but I have not received it. And being unable to reach a state worker, I have no way of getting any info. This has been worrying me sick that Mom may fall off Title 19 coverage. After reading of cases online of "Filial responsibility" being enforced by nursing homes against children of residents, I'm worried sick of this ultimately becoming a financial nightmare.
After talking to 2 other people I know (who also have parents in other nursing homes) they both tell me that their nursing homes handle all of these tasks for them. When I told them of what I am dealing with, they looked at me like I was crazy.
So, is it common for nursing homes to handle permanent residents dealings with the state? (Especially the Title 19 redetermination process). Or are my friends just lucky they found a facility that does this? I have talked with the business manager at my Mom's nursing home. They have offered advice of how to proceed, but they dont seem to want to have to deal with getting my Mom through redetermination.
I sometimes feel the best thing to have done was refuse becoming POA. But I was trying to do the right thing.
Thanks for any advice anyone may contribute.