Elder Care Planning Session
You are doing great! During our session, we identified 3 areas to tie up loose ends. Click on the tabs above for reminders of what we've discussed.
Legal
You already know your mother's wishes you just need formal documentation.
need to give some thought
prepared
Financial
Your mom is on Medicaid which means a home health aide can be free for her and your family.
need to give some thought
prepared
Dementia Care
Your mom does not have an official diagnosis but she is exhibiting signs of dementia.
need to give some thought
prepared
You expressed concern about your mother's medication adherence, in-home safety, nutrition, and socialization. In addition to addressing all these concerns, a professional caregiver can also provide respite for your mother's sisters.
Medicaid-Covered Option
In Alabama, Medicaid will cover the cost of a professional in-home caregiver if your mother’s physician provides a referral.
 
There are several agencies in your mom’s area that take Medicaid. One such agency is Kindred At Home.
 
If your mother moves to New York, this will also be an option. However, each state has different eligibility criteria and qualification processes.
Privately Paid Caregiver
The other option is getting a privately paid caregiver through a platform like care.com. As of 2018, the average hourly rate for individual home care in Birmingham is about $20/hour.
Next Steps
At your mother’s next appointment ask the doctor for a referral to a home health agency that takes Medicaid.
If you’d like to take this route but need help selecting a privately paid caregiver, I am happy to help you put together a vetting strategy.
Dealing with memory loss and other related symptoms can be difficult for your mother and your entire family. Below are some strategies we discussed.
Additional Resources
If you have additional questions
You can book time with a certified dementia care specialist Jacqui Weissman here.
If you need a peer support group
CaringKind is a local organization in your area that specialized in supporting caregivers of dementia patients. They host several support groups that are facilitated by trained professionals. 
If you want more detailed text
The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementias, and Memory Loss is the best rated guide for families tackling dementia.
You expressed concern about your mother's medication adherence, in-home safety, nutrition, and socialization. In addition to addressing all these concerns, a professional caregiver can also provide respite for your mother's sisters.
You indicated that you do not have Power of Attorney and Healthcare Directive for your mother. Preparing these documents in advance will clearly delineate your mother's wishes and help you avoid stress in case of an emergency situation. 
Step 1: Learn about the essential documents
Step 2: Prepare documents
Power of Attorney Options​
This document should be drafted by an elder law attorney with your unique family circumstances in mind.​
​Katya Sverdlov, an attorney with years of experience in elder law, is well qualified to help. To learn more about Katya and book a time to speak with her, click here.
Health care Directive
The state of Alabama has designed Advance Directive for Health Care forms for residents to complete on their own. The forms and instructions on how to complete them can be found here
Medicaid-Covered Option
In Alabama, Medicaid will cover the cost of a professional in-home caregiver if your mother’s physician provides a referral.
 
There are several agencies in your mom’s area that take Medicaid. One such agency is Kindred At Home.
 
If your mother moves to New York, this will also be an option. However, each state has different eligibility criteria and qualification processes.
Privately Paid Caregiver
The other option is getting a privately paid caregiver through a platform like care.com. As of 2018, the average hourly rate for individual home care in Birmingham is about $20/hour.
Next Steps
At your mother’s next appointment ask the doctor for a referral to a home health agency that takes Medicaid.
If you’d like to take this route but need help selecting a privately paid caregiver, I am happy to help you put together a vetting strategy.