He needs to be a resident for a total of 24 months before a Medicaid room is available. He is in New Jersey and the director of the facility he is in told me that New Jersey requires that a person reside in the same facility for two years then, if the resident becomes Medicaid eligible, he can move to a Medicaid established room. I don’t know what to do with him in the meantime.
He must be living in the AL and private paying for at least 2 yrs. If you want to make the two years, someone has to pay for his care. In Moms AL there was no guarantee that a Medicaid room would be available when she went thru her money. The AL only allowed a certain number of residents to be on Medicaid.
I was waiting for Moms house to sell and it hadn't. Mom had been in an AL for 8 months and was down to 20k. I took the 20k and placed her in Long-term care. I started the Medicaid application in April. Mom moved to LTC May 1st, paid May and June. That spent down her 20k. I contacted the caseworker in June and proved Mom was spent down and they had all the info needed. Her Medicaid started July 1st.
You don't wait till he is out of money to find a NH. If he has enough to pay for a NH for a month or two then I would place him and and start the Medicaid application. In NJ you have 90 days to complete the process. You need to spend down to 2k, you need to supply all info needed, and you need to place him or have a place ready to take him when Medicaid is approved. His monthly income can be no more than $2523.
I don't see how you can do it any other way if he can't meet private pay for 2 yrs.
I would get him into a nursing home where he can spend down his money and apply for Medicaid. I have done this for my BIL, we had to spend down what he had in finances to get him on Medicaid. Which happened this Dec 2022. When on Medicaid what they don't tell you is they take everything that he has in finances except for $50 that is what he can have out of all his finances the rest goes to the nursing home. My BIL has a pension and social security so out of that he gets $50 which pays for his room phone that he needs. He is in a memory care unit at the nursing home. And in my state of Iowa the cost of a room is $260 a day which provides him with everything he needs.
And if your uncle would ever need memory care I would look for a nursing home that has that in their home. We were lucky my BIL went from the hospital to the memory care unit in the nursing home no waiting. He has dementia and his short term memory is gone. I am his rep payee for social security which is a blessing for him because of his family they would steal him blind and he wouldn't be where he is now.
also be referred to a social worker who knows of how the housing is arranged for this situation.
If he has no assets then the state should be able to qualify him for services and housing
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