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Assisted Living And Government Help
Posted 29 January 2010 - 09:09 PM
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?
Posted 30 January 2010 - 05:23 AM
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!
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