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What happens to old people without relatives and has no money or ability to care for themselves?

Blackfoot, ID |

For an old couple, who has no money(not much of social security income) or any relatives to look after them, what happens to them when they are no longer able to take care of themselves?

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Attorney Answers 2


  1. They have Medicare, right? What local assistance is available (public or charitable)?

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  2. A question like this illustrates how much of a difference it makes to see an answer from local counsel with actual experience assisting families in matters of this type.

    Medicare provides payment for medical and hospital care, but very little in custodial care (except for the 100 days of nursing home, if necessary post-hospitalization). For persons who have little income and assets, Medicaid can provide a wide variety of services from home-based to assisted living to 24-hour skilled care. The program is administered by the Department of Health and Welfare. Often facilities to which low-income people have been referred for care will assist in the application process. The Medicaid and Self-Reliance Program caseworkers at Health and Welfare do an excellent job making sure that the elderly and disabled receive proper care.

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