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.
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.
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.