Considering nursing home options, Medicaid may be useful

When the time comes for a loved one to enter a nursing home facility, it can be a difficult transition for everyone involved. There may be numerous concerns to consider, such as ensuring that the individual will receive the proper care. Of course, financial aspects can also cause concern, and questions regarding Medicaid may come about.

Before deciding on a facility, New York residents can take multiple steps to determine whether the nursing home will meet their needs. Visiting the homes in person can help ensure individuals gain a first-hand experience with how staff members treat residents, how clean the facility stays and what accommodations are available for certain needs. Without going to facilities in person, individuals may not know what they are setting their loved ones up for.

An in-person visit can also allow parties to speak with the staff on-hand. If members feel overworked, tired or feel that there is too much work to go around, there may be a chance that a resident could end up neglected. Neglect could lead to serious negative impacts on a loved one that could range from malnutrition to serious injuries.

Of course, finding the right place for a loved one can come with high costs. If New York residents are concerned about the costs of the care of a family member or even their own future care, they may want to consider how Medicaid could help. By planning ahead, they may have the ability to get their finances in order to qualify for financial benefits in relation to long-term care. Speaking with knowledgeable attorneys about such options may prove useful.

Source:, "How to Select a Safe Nursing Home", March 1, 2018

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