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A Medicaid waiver could mean avoiding a nursing home longer

Growing older comes with a lot of pros like wisdom and experience, but it also comes with some significant cons, such as failing health, declining physical and mental acuity, and more. Georgia residents experiencing the effects of aging may begin to need additional help with daily tasks, but are not yet ready to go into a nursing home. It is possible that a Medicaid waiver could help make it possible to receive benefits and remain at home as well.

A disability or other medical condition does not mean that a Georgia resident should not enjoy as much independence as possible up until it is no longer a viable option. When an aging person needs help bathing, shopping, dressing and doing other similar daily tasks, it does not mean he or she does not still retain the mental acuity or health to remain at home. Under these circumstances, having someone come in to help could prove invaluable, but paying for it could be an issue.

If an individual qualifies for Medicaid, it may be possible to obtain the needed assistance with those benefits. Obtaining a waiver is just part of the equation. Making sure that he or she qualifies for Medicaid in the first place may take some planning.

Individuals who have taken steps to make sure they qualify for Medicaid benefits when the time comes may find it easier to apply for the waiver they need in order to remain in their homes. Many people do not need to be in nursing homes yet, and the government finally acknowledged that and took steps to help people do it. Having the ability to remain at home longer could be just what the doctor ordered. 

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