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Should I expect dental care services to be provided in assisted living?

I would like to know if I should expect to have dental care services provided in an assisted living facility or if I need to spend down my assets to qualify for state/federal provided facilities.
Status: Open    Sep 21, 2015 - 08:49 AM

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Oct 13, 2015 - 07:21 PM

Most dental benefits are not covered by Medicaid. If you are not receiving Medicaid benefits you will have to pay for dental care unless you have dental insurance. Dental insurance can be purchased by nursing home residents who are receiving Medicaid benefits. That cost is allowed by Medicaid (at least in Alabama). Which means if you pay $50 per month on the dental insurance Medicaid will pay the nursing home $50 more per month since you are not.
If you are in a spend-down situation it would be wise to get expert assistance on how to do it properly and protecting what can be protected.

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Sep 22, 2015 - 10:30 AM

Good morning! This is a great question! As a former assisted living director I often got asked this from families. I would say as a generalization that dental services are not provided to the residents, unless a local dentist visits the community to provide such services. The same would go for a podiatrist. The communities will often have a 'visiting physician' (podiatrist or other) that may come in to provide such services to residents who qualify to help facilitate care since getting out is sometimes logistically impossible. This is a great question to ask when you tour!
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