Just a few days before mom died, my sister and I had this email exchange:
From: Gagne, David
To: Gagne, Jennifer
Subject: Re: CHECKS
Sent: August 9, 2012 8:03 AM PT
If I remember correctly, her Social Security checks are $1104.00/mo. Are you saying you sent Woodland Terrace $1104.00? Why such an odd amount? Why did you send them anything at all? Did someone ask you to pay them? Have you received a bill? Is there an invoice? What did that cover?
For how much did you write the “separate check for her Personal Trust account”?
Also: I just received a bill in the mail from a pharmacy in Tampa for $854. I have to assume that someone at Woodland Terrace gave them my address, which is really, really annoying.
David Vincent Gagne
From: Gagne, Jennifer
To: Gagne, David
Subject: Re: CHECKS
Sent: August 9, 2012 11:33 AM PT
Mom receives $1144/month. I sent them that much but broke it into 2 checks to show the $35 that is allowable for her Personal Trust, aka fun money.
After my initial conversation with Shelly about Mom’s Medicaid status, she directed me to speak to Sylvia about payments. If and when Mom is approved for Medicaid, her entire Social Security goes to the nursing home and Medicaid covers the rest of the living costs. Most people make the nursing home their Social Security Rep Payee, and the nursing home would take out the $35. I have not done that because Mom’s placement has changed so often that I wanted to wait before taking that step. So, instead, I will send them a check. Sylvia said that once Mom is approved for Medicaid, whatever debt had been accruing prior to its approval, we would be responsible for. Also, by paying, I have Mom’s assets as showing as less than the $2000 maximum Medicaid is looking at.
If you want to send me or scan and email me the pharmacy bill, I will address it.
Also, once we get the final word on Medicaid, I think you will be able to close that debit account ending in 9831 that you opened for Mom.