More than 60 million Americans serve as caregivers to loved ones, nearly one quarter of which provide assistance to those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. In recognition of the selflessness of caregivers and the patients for whom they provide care, we are celebrating National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness and Caregiver’s Month. As part of this national initiative, our company is bringing awareness to the Medicaid services available on Long Island designed for Alzheimer’s patients.
As Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain condition, patients often require more personalized medical and assisted living care. Family members most frequently take on the overwhelming responsibilities of caring for loved ones with dementia, but the stress of this can attribute to a significant toll on his or her daily life. This includes negative effects on health, relationships and mental state, which may lead to burnout. To combat this problem, we remind family caregivers to seek additional resources to help relieve the physical and financial burden of caring for an aging family member.
“In today’s age, most caregivers are working full-time and raising children of their own, while also caring for the needs of aging loved ones,” says Paul Mertz, Chief Operating Executive of P&P Medicaid Consulting, Inc. “For those assisting loved ones with Alzheimer’s, the personal and financial tolls can be staggering. P&P Medicaid is available to guide patients and their families through all of the services and resources they need.”
Medicaid is a state and federally funded health insurance program that pays for the medical care of people who have low income or asset levels, or have used up most of their savings. Eligibility for Medicaid criteria and services vary by state, but a person who qualifies for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is usually automatically eligible for Medicaid. We caution patients against giving away all assets to family members in an effort to better qualify for the services. There are strict laws in place that govern this area. Our eldercare advisor company will be able to better guide you through this process.
For those who meet New York’s Medicaid eligibility requirements, the service will cover all or a portion of long-term care in nursing homes, or at home, such as visiting nurses and assistance with personal care.
Our company is available to assist Alzheimer’s disease patients and their families apply for Medicaid and other services. We handle everything in the application and document-acquiring processes and will appear on behalf of the applicant at the Department of Social Services. Our staff can also provide guidance in selecting home healthcare of nursing home placement options, along with assistance in applying to the homes.