Sep 15, 2016 - 09:14 AM
Sep 16, 2016 - 08:49 AM
First I would start with finding out who her health insurance is through. If you have Power of Attorney, you can call and get information on her behalf about her medical plan. Not knowing her age, I am assuming she is over 65, she should be eligible for or on Medicare. With her present, call 1-800-Medicare and they can let you know if she has both Part A and Part B, if you cannot find her Medicare card. To see if she qualifies for some form of state assistance, you can call the same number and give her state and ask for Medicaid. Medicaid is a form of state welfare for individuals of limited means and requirements vary by state. There is also a site www.benefitscheckup.org by the Council on Aging that with her financial information can quickly find benefit programs (state and federal) that could help pay for medications, health care, food, and more.
Sep 19, 2016 - 10:25 AM
Medicare provides health care services for eligible individuals who are 65 years of age and older, disabled. or has end stage renal disease.
Medicaid is a healthcare program for individuals who live below a designated income level and have limited resources.
Medicare does not cover all healthcare needs, so many Medicare recipients purchase a secondary insurance.
Medicaid does tend to provide a wider range of healthcare, than Medicare, including some activities of daily living care.
Has your mother actually contacted the Medicaid providers to see if she is eligible, or is she just assuming that she is not eligible? It never hurts to give them a call. to know for sure. The name of the Medicaid program in Arizona is AHCCCS (Az health care cost containment system).
It is true that you do need a car to get groceries and go to doctor’s appointments in the Prescott area. It sounds like your mother’s property is even further away from the shopping areas. I do know that there are some Independent Living facilities that provide meals and transportation in the Prescott area. That is if you can convince your mother to consider moving to one of them.
An advantage of having a home health agency make some visits to your mother’s place is that they can provide social worker services that can make her aware of some options for her and help her make some informed decisions.
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