Finding an appropriate assisted living facility can be a complex and exhausting task. Now, investigators from the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office have added another layer of complexity: the possibility that the staff of a foundation that provided in-home services to elderly Georgians was stealing its clients' Medicaid payments.
These days, caring for the needs of the people who depend on you requires careful planning and attention to detail. It is wise to take the time to create a will and estate plan that addresses these issues as soon as you can, because none of us are guaranteed another day, let alone another year or two, even in the best circumstances.
Georgians who may be wondering about long term elder care for themselves or loved ones are often confused and frustrated when they try to learn about their options. Nursing home and Medicaid planning may become overly complex for some individuals. Some plans, such as Medicaid, are funded by the federal government, and others are funded by the state. Different plans may have different eligibility standards.
Medicaid is one of the most important federal programs for low income families living in Georgia. Most residents of the state know that Medicaid is intended primarily to help low income individuals and families, but other groups may also be eligible. In order to be eligible for Medicaid payments, a person must be in one of the eligible groups and have an income that does not exceed limits imposed by the state.
People in Georgia who suffer from an illness or injury that prevents them from working are eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. Unfortunately, many people who may be eligible for benefits view the claims process as a dark and mysterious element of the special needs planning process. Just the anxiety about filing a claim can prevent many people from seeking these benefits. Much of this anxiety is the product of ignorance about the decision-making process used by the Social Security Administration. Once the ignorance is dispelled, the fear also dissipates.
Abuse of nursing home residents is one of the most undetected and underreported problems in the United States and Georgia. The abuse of at risk adults may be physical, but it is almost always intentional. Anyone who has entrusted an elderly loved one to the care of a nursing home should be aware of the numerous clues of improper treatment.