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I don't know how to find help for my mom with dementia

I don't know what to do. My mom has gotten so bad mentally and physically .
I am disabled and can not physically take care of her. My guy works 16 hour days and it's all on him when he gets home or on the weekends. It has become too much for us to handle alone. She only has Medicare A and B and nothing else.
I need help but don't know where to find it.
Status: Open    Sep 15, 2015 - 07:47 AM

Dementia, Finance

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Sep 16, 2015 - 12:07 PM

It is hard to direct with you specifically without more information. However, I would first start by determining if your Mom has a legal document called Durable Power of Attorney. If she is no longer able to make sound decisions and judgment due to cognitive impairment this document will be important and will name the person who can make decisions on her behalf now.
If she indeed needs care physically and mentally from someone else, it needs to be determine more specifically what type of care she needs (physically and cognitively, preferably by her physician. This information would determine who or where to get care.
Lastly if you are saying she has no financial means to pay for the care she needs then I would recommend contacting the Agency on Aging in her state or county to determine what financial assistance or care she may be entitled to based on needs and limited income. Medicaid is a Federal & State program which usually has some services for seniors who need care and meet the financial criteria for low income.

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Sep 16, 2015 - 12:07 PM

It is hard to direct with you specifically without more information. However, I would first start by determining if your Mom has a legal document called Durable Power of Attorney. If she is no longer able to make sound decisions and judgment due to cognitive impairment this document will be important and will name the person who can make decisions on her behalf now.
If she indeed needs care physically and mentally from someone else, it needs to be determine more specifically what type of care she needs (physically and cognitively, preferably by her physician. This information would determine who or where to get care.
Lastly if you are saying she has no financial means to pay for the care she needs then I would recommend contacting the Agency on Aging in her state or county to determine what financial assistance or care she may be entitled to based on needs and limited income. Medicaid is a Federal & State program which usually has some services for seniors who need care and meet the financial criteria for low income.

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Feb 13, 2016 - 08:55 AM

When I was faced with this decision for my husband I called A Place for Mom. He had been hurt in a fall and was in the hospital. And it was Christmas week! But, I received a call back from A Place for Mom almost immediately and they contacted several places that would be possible, who then contacted me. It was a great help.
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