One topic that has boggled my mind in the past three years is the state of elder care in this country. No matter how many times I research it, I find myself speechless.It is sad that most people in my generation are unaware of what is going on.
.For me,the idea of sub acute care facilities, nursing homes and Medicaid never crossed my mind until
one Friday morning in the month of May.
That was when my grandmother suffered a stroke while seated nude on her bathroom floor ( she was preparing to take a bath).
From that day on, I found myself completely lost.
I had answers for everything but, nothing compared me for the topic of Elder Care.
One positive, I can say is that I will use this post to educate others on this topic.
Below are six important things that I want readers to be mindful of.
Google a man named John Pittas and let his situation be your guide.
This poor man from Pennsylvania is stuck paying a bill for 93,000.
His mother left the country to return home to Greece.
He did not sign her in but, was held responsible.
Make sure to read up on a law entitled “The Filial Responsibility Act “.
If you live in one of the following states :
Alaska, Arkansas, California, Connecticut,
Delaware, Georgia, Idaho,Iowa, Kentucky,
Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi,
Montana, Nevada,New Hampshire, New Jersey,
North Carolina, North Dakota,Ohio,
Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota,
Tennessee, Utah,Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia.
This is the most current list of states as of December 25,2012.
If your state is not listed, inquire as 2013 progresses.
The list may grow as some states are working on adopting this law.
Find the nearest Elder Care lawyer and begin to plan for the future.
With being a power of attorney, comes great responsibility.
Make sure whomever holds this titled understands that it is not be trifled with.
Applying for Medicaid is a pain in the butt.
Here is something I learned personally about this program,
they check through your elder’s accounts and financial records for up to FIVE years.
In some cases, the person has to have less than 900 dollars in their account at one time.
It depends upon the state.
People tried to combat this by transferring funds to relatives accounts.
That little bugger known as The Filial Responsibility Act was created because of this practice.
Be mindful of facilities that try to bully you into signing something that you are not familiar with.
There is a key term called Responsible Party.
In other words ,when the bill is due, the facility look for whomever it was that signed on the dotted line.
Even if that person did so in error
I am writing this as a guide for those who read this.
No matter what age you are, know that there will come a time
when someone you love may become too sick to care for.
When that time comes I want everyone to be ready and aware.
This was written with love.
Comment as you see fit.
I am looking forward to anyone who has insight or just an experience to share.