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Is there a mental health assessment for Alzheimer's that would help one qualify for Medicaid?

My father is 94 and is suffering from dementia/ altzheimers, and now needs 24/7 care
I was told that there is a mental health assessment that could help get him into home and then he could be qualified for Medicaid. Has anyone heard of this?
Status: Open    Jul 14, 2015 - 02:12 PM

Medicare/Medicaid, Dementia

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Jul 15, 2015 - 09:43 AM

Each state's Medicaid Agency plays by its own set of rules, so to get the best answer, contact an Elder Law attorney in the state where your father resides. In general though, his medical condition is what would make him eligible for a nursing home, not just his mental status. His regular MD should be able to render everything you need for that purpose. Otherwise you might ask him/her where to obtain a mini-mental exam, a short exam that diagnoses a person's capacity. Call your state Medicaid agency and ask them directly what they need for filing an application. You might not even need a mini-mental.


Jul 14, 2015 - 02:59 PM

Medicaid & Senior Care resources vary from one state to the next. You may want to contact your local Area Agency on Aging that can help you identify which of the local offices in your area help facilitate your state Medicaid program for seniors looking into senior care. You can search by city and state at to contact your local office. They may also be able to help you identify what local programs he may also qualify for.
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