Mom has been in this small 6 person group home in Oregon for a couple of years and the staff and other residents have become like a second family. Her retirement account is getting low but I don't want to take her away from people she loves. Will Medicaid pay for care in a licensed group home?
Medicaid would be worth applying for. There may be eligibility for doctors and prescription benefits. Also, if your mom or dad were veterans, you should look into the VA Aid and Attendance benefit. She may be eligible for up to $1,149.00 a month. www.va.gov look under pension in the drop down menu.
My experience, as a home health nurse, has been that our local Medicaid does have contracts with group homes. I know that they appreciated that these homes were more cost effective, as long as they provided good care. Since Medicaid rules vary from state to state, you would be wise to contact your local office. When I was considering switching my cousin to Medicaid, the local consultant was very helpful. The director at your mom’s group home might be able to tell you if they have had other residents on Medicaid at their facility. I appreciate the importance of leaving your mom at a place that she loves.