About six months before mom died, my friend’s father-in-law wrote me a very nice email offering some of his contacts to potentially help us navigate the process of dealing with Medicaid and nursing homes, etc.
To: Gagne, David
Subject: RE: Questions for Monday
Sent: March 1, 2012 1:16 PM EST
David: I’m sorry I haven’t been any help to you up to this moment, but I’m hoping to change that. … [redacted] …
With that now behind me, hopefully now I can provide some guidance. There is an attorney friend of mine, [redacted], who is an elder care attorney and who can provide general guidance regarding senior related matters. She is NOT familiar with the options in Daytona Beach, but IS very knowledgeable in structuring POA’s and those kind of issues. She used to live in [redacted], now lives in [redacted], but keeps her practice active in [redacted] by traveling here a couple of times a month. Her telephone # is cell [redacted]. Her [redacted] office # is [redacted]. IF you do call her, mention my name, tell her you’re a friend of my daughter and she’ll be ecstatic to talk with you. At some point the meter will be turned on, but I’m sure prior to that she can give you enough
initial information to see IF she’s helpful to you.
On to the nursing home question. [redacted] talked with [redacted] this morning and she passed word on to me that you mom doesn’t have a mental health diagnosis, rather a dementia diagnosis. That’s good. Most nursing homes in that area (depending on their occupancy) would accept Medicaid applied medicaid patients, and that sounds like your mom would meet that qualification. (Incidentally, [redacted] can also speak fluently on all of the Medicaid questions you might have. But additionally, I have a person on staff who knows all the ins and outs of Medicaid qualifications so you
can contact her by calling [redacted] at [redacted]. Just let her that you and I are friends and I suggested that you call her. She can give you a lot of Medicaid information at absolutely no cost.
Let’s start with that. Hope this is helpful. Then, when your mom is ready for nursing home placement, I know a lot of operators in the business so hopefully I can find someone who will give us a willing ear and will help out. It’s worth a try.