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Reply to "looking for 24-hour in-home care for my mom?"

Gail,

My mom has medicare now - it's her only insurance...I was just wondering if medicaid would help us at all right now if I got her qualified for that. From my understanding, Medicare is going to review her case in 20-30 days and we will have to make another decision. Either she improves and can come back home, or we have to look into long-term care, which medicare will not pay for. OR, if she REALLY deteriorates, she will be eligible for hospice and can come home on that...I think???

I am going to try to find someone that can help me with applying for medicaid this week...although again, I'm not sure if that will even help us right now. The GOAL is to get her HOME.

And selling my mom's house is not an option. My sister lives there with her, and my sister wants to stay there for now. Besides, my mom worked and sacrificed her whole life so that she could keep that house and pass it on to us; we're not going to take that from her.

I guess no one here has managed 24-hour care at home, then? I'm wondering if we can get away with having insurance pay for part-time help if we can cover the other hours by hiring someone privately...any thoughts on this???
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