Not all assisted living facilities are created equal – especially when it comes to getting help from Medicaid to pay for assisted living services.
In fact, not every assisted living community accepts Medicaid. That’s just one reason why it’s so important to do your research when looking for an assisted living facility for your aging parents or elderly loved ones.
At Country Home Assisted Living in Parker, Colorado, we accept Medicaid. Because we do this, we are licensed by the state and are subject to periodic inspections to make sure we meet federal standards.
We gladly do this because we want to provide care for those members of the elderly Colorado population who may not have a lot of money to spend on fancy facilities.
That doesn’t mean the care is subpar. In fact, the care your loved ones receive at Country Home Assisted Living may actually be better because we are small and very attentive to all of our residents. We have two caregivers for our eight residents, offering a one-to-four ratio.
If you are reviewing your options to pay for assisted living services, I am a good one to consult. As the owner of Country Home for 20 years, I accept both Medicaid and private pay residents.
In my years of experience, I have noticed that Medicaid may not be the best funding source for every family’s assisted living needs.
As I mentioned, not every assisted living facility is willing to accept the Medicaid reimbursement rates. Also, many facilities that accept Medicaid have waiting lists, so a room might not be available when you need it.
All of these things must be taken into consideration, plus the fact that Medicaid has eligibility requirements that must be met before the benefit can be received.
For example, your loved ones may have to “spend down” their resources before they can be eligible. For some, that can mean entering an assisted living facility as a “private pay” resident and spending down their savings until they reach Medicaid’s eligibility guidelines.
That makes Country Home an ideal alternative because your loved one would not have to move to a different facility when the eligibility requirements are met.
This may seem overwhelming, especially since this is not something you deal with on a daily basis. If you’d like some assistance, I’m here to help. During the last 20 years, I’ve seen a lot of different family scenarios. If I’m unable to help you wade through the Medicaid process, I can refer you to someone who can.
To get the discussion started, please give me, Linda Melbardis, a call at Country Home Assisted Living in Parker. I can be reached at 303.840.1986.