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How can my sister who has a brain injury and mental health issues pay for assisted living?

My sister has a brain injury that has exacerbated her mental health issues. She has all ADL`s so she is losing her Medicaid Waiver. However, due to her non compliance with taking her meds properly, she is getting kicked out of her current assisted living facility due to her weird behaviors. She thinks she is fine. She will only have 1100/month to live on from medicaid which is not even close to paying for Assisted Living- which is the only way to make sure she takes her meds. Where do people go to live if they cant afford the AL costs? Homeless? Jail? No medicaid waiver for dementia/mental health problems.

Status: Open    Aug 27, 2015 - 08:12 AM

Finance, Medicare/Medicaid

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Sep 02, 2015 - 08:38 PM

I am sorry to hear you are going through this, but have to say your sister is lucky to have you doing research as to what options may be available.

There are government resources available to help with the search for options. A few are listed below:

• Administration on Aging ( ): The “Elders and Families” section of the AoA is particularly useful for accessing links to information regarding state and local services for older adults and their families; public and private benefits programs; Medicare; and long-term care planning

• U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ( ): Here you can find information on affordable housing for seniors and rental assistance, among other things.

• The National Council on Aging ( ): Provides a list of federal and state assistance programs.

• Department of Veterans Affairs ( ): Veteran’s benefits provide those who have served their country (some benefits extend to their spouses as well) financial assistance during their retirement years. To learn if you are eligible, visit this website and review the information under “Veteran Services.”

• ( ): A comprehensive guide on disability programs and services, including Social Security benefits and affordable, accessible housing. The website provides links to more than 14,000 resources from federal, state and local government agencies; academic institutions; and nonprofit organizations.

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