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Assisted Living And Government Help




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#1 Kristal

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 09:09 PM

Hello Everyone!

I am new to your forum. I joined in search to help a friend that no one seems to want to help. He was in a car accident when he was 24 that almost completely paralyzed (C5?)and blinded him. He has now been placed in a rest home for over 10 years. He dosen't get physical therapy and ability to use his hands has disappeared. His body is degenerating. Is there somewhere he could lived trained to assist him with his dual disabilities? Is there government help? Is there funding or programs I don't know about? It seems like all the facilities are only for the elderly..We live in NC btw.
Can anyone point me in a direction?
Thank you!
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#2 Inger

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 05:23 AM

In your state, you can start by going to the Dept. of Health and Human Services -- their link and phone # is below. There, your friend can work with a caseworker to determine his eligibility for state assistance in order to get into an assisted living facility. Income guidelines vary from state to state, but generally, medicaid recipients have to have annual incomes that are around 30% or so below the poverty level in order to qualify. If he qualifies, his caseworker should be able to recommend some ALF's for you to visit that are accepting medicaid clients.

Here in Oregon, most privately owned ALF's have contracts with the state that require them to accept a percentage of medicaid clients in their buildings. If he is able to find a suitable living situation, his MD can order PT, OT or other home-health services that he can receive right where he is living. If he is currently in a nursing or "rest" home (?), his MD will have to OK his move to an ALF. In most cases, ALF's do not have 24-hr skilled nursing care. Generally they will have an RN physically present in the building part-time (he or she will often also work limited on-call to respond to emergent situations), but most of the direct care is provided by aides or CNA's. Again, I am most familiar with Oregon's rules and regs in this area -- your state might be completely different. In any case, his physician can certainly determine if an ALF is a safe, suitable place for him to receive the care he needs.

Since I'm on the other side of the country, I can't say for sure that this info will be super useful to you and your friend, but hopefully it will give you a start. Good luck to you both!

http://www.dhhs.stat...ntact/index.htm

or by calling (800) 662-7030

#3 Kristal

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 11:18 PM

Thank you so so much!!!!

#4 Inger

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 07:43 AM

You bet! I hope that you are able to help your friend find a way to receive the kind of care that will help him stay well B)

#5 Stickman

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Posted 01 February 2010 - 05:18 AM

Good luck Kristal!


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