It happened again. Neighbors called Bob because his mother wandered out of her house in the middle of the night for the fourth time this month. Then, Mother started having heart palpitations because she had forgotten to take her medication, so an ambulance took her to the emergency room. There, the doctors and social workers tell Bob his mom needs 24/7 nursing care for her own safety. While reassuring her that everything will be okay, he’s now left trying to figure out how to get his mother the care she needs.
There’s one problem: He doesn’t know where to start.
Find out if your family member has done any incapacity planning.
Bob and his mother never thought she might have to go to a nursing home and never planned for it. If Bob’s mother had signed a durable power of attorney, a medical power of attorney, and discussed Medicaid eligibility with an elder law attorney, his path would be easier.
Find out what level of care your loved one needs.
Bob knew his mother needed to go to a nursing home or have an aide with her round-the-clock. Medical providers and hospital social workers should be able to give him more information about her care. Knowing exactly what a loved one needs helps you find the right caregivers.
Find out how to pay for that care.
In our friend Bob’s case, he searched his mother’s records for any information about available benefits. Finding nothing, he started applying for Medicare, Medicaid, and Veterans Assistance – basically any benefits he could find. Poor recordkeeping meant he applied for benefits he didn’t need, while missing benefits that could have helped. Again, if mom had consulted with an elder law attorney, Bob’s efforts may have been more productive and less stressful.
Take care of your loved one … and yourself.
Learn More About Long-Term Care.
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