I have had to have my kids stay home and watch out for grandma on many occasions this summer so that I could "pound the pavement" and try to find a suitable living situation for my mom. There are many places out there. In fact, there is an assisted living facility located practically in my backyard. However, their monthly cost is well over the $3,000/month and not within our reach. After networking with many people, going to a Caregiver Expo, contacting the Area Agency on Aging and working for awhile with A Place for Mom, I rather quickly narrowed my search to two nearby facilities. After delving a little further, I learned that one of the two actually had a few "low income" apartments. It is hard to think that she is now in a "low income" situation...but she is. Through a long series of life events, not to mention the extra hard economic times, a divorce, her AD diagnosis and some poor financial decisions made along the way, we find that she is just about out of financial resources.
Since then, I have been anxiously waiting for a determination from the Department of Human Services with regard to her Medicaid status. I received a letter from them this past Friday. Today I will again be touch with Area Agency on Aging and the senior living facility to help me interpret exactly what the letter means in terms of my mom's Medicaid status. From what I can understand, she has been approved to receive Medicaid and I am hopeful that this will be the beginning of getting my mom in an appropriate living situation. Things are finally moving in the right direction!
I hope to have more specific and positive news next week!!