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My Mother (87) has Alzheimer's. Granddaughter moved in for overnight care and we pay a caregiver a few hours each day. She resents the granddaughter's presence - when she knows her - and said she'd rather die than go into a home. Have been told the only two options are private pay at $4000-$5000 per month or that she should qualify for Medicaid assistance at an assisted living facility with 10% Medicaid beds.
She's not able to take her meds, is not toileting properly or bathing properly; does not eat unless told to do so. I am several states away but will apply for guardianship and power of attorney. Everyone says she is in a gray area; with $2.00 too much income per month to qualify for Medicaid, but no assets other than her home to help pay for assisted living or nursing home. Any ideas about a possible re-evaluation by the Medicaid office??

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I'm not familiar with the ins and outs of Medicaid, but I will say that you can apply for guardianship, but that Power of Attorney is given to you by your mother. EXCEPT that because of the Alzheimer's, she probably isn't cognizant enough to do that anymore. So the POA ship has probably sailed. She would have to know what she's signing and it would have to be done before a notary public. So many things to do - I wish you well.
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Visit some ALF's, most have a benefits counselor who will be a whole lot more helpful to you than whoever you talked to. Let's say the income limit is $1100 a month in your state, but mom gets $1102. Now deduct the cost of the ALF at $5000 a month. Guess what, you are now below zero, and eligible.
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Thank you for the great information !!!
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Have you applied for Medicaid yet? If someone makes a bit over the income allowed, they can do a monthly spend-down of the excess income on medical expenses, then Medicaid will kick in. It will not take much to spend an extra $2 per month -- one Depends would cover that. If she will need Medicaid, it is a good time to apply.
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