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Nursing home/Medicaid planning and appropriate facilities

Georgia families who make the difficult decision to place a loved one in a nursing home do not do so lightly. This is done when the person's condition, illness or simply old age makes it impossible for the family to provide effective care and supervision. For some people, the facility will be certified by Medicaid with various levels of care provided and the cost mitigated by the person's eligibility to receive Medicaid.

Understanding what services are provided and who can receive these services is important when trying to have a loved on placed in a facility. Having legal assistance from a law firm that is experienced in these issues is always beneficial. These facilities will provide three different kinds of care. They are: skilled nursing, medical care and similar services; rehabilitative care because the person was injured, has a disability or an illness; and long-term care for those who need healthcare and services that go beyond room and board that are not available in the community and they need regular care.

Nursing Facility Services (NF) must be provided by a state program to those who are 21 or older and require them. There can be no limit to the access to the service and people cannot be put on a waiting list to get them. This makes NF more readily available than other options families might consider for a loved one to get the care he or she needs. There will be a Preadmission Screening and Resident Review to decide if NF is necessary and suits the person's needs. There is a separate service for those under 21.

People who are using NF as part of Medicaid will get rehabilitation to improve to the maximum of their projected abilities. There is not a specific list of what the NF will provide, but they will get nursing care, rehabilitation, social services, pharmaceutical services, dietary service, room and bed maintenance and routine hygiene. There are other aspects that might need to be paid for including a private room, special food, a TV, telephone, cosmetics, personal clothes, reading materials and more.

When thinking about nursing home/Medicaid planning, knowing about NF and how it works in the context of getting a loved one the care required is critical. When concerned about this issue, calling for legal assistance is a must. A law firm that understands all aspects of nursing home/Medicaid planning can help.

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