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Recent Alzheimer’s diagnosis
Welcome to the forum, but so sorry for what you're facing. This is a good place for support and advice.
Every state's Medicaid is different. Some do offer some support for family members to keep a LO at home--but the pay is pretty meager, limited to the hours for "hands-on" needs and not usually for just supervision or "safety monitoring." If she is living in your home, don't know whether you could be designated the "consumer-directed" paid caregiver (as opposed to one hired from an agency) or not. These are also usually "estate recovery" programs, meaning that the state would have a lien on her assets after death to get some of their expenses back.
You may want to look at your state's regulations, and/or start looking at what assisted living facilitiies near you take Medicaid. If she's not already qualified for Medicaid, you may need a certified elder law attorney to help you negotiate how to get her qualified. CELA's are listed by location at nelf.org.
Hello- I am sorry for what you and your mom are going through. I, too, am in the beginning stages with my dad's diagnosis. My experience is, naturally, limited, and not knowing where your mom is in her disease process, I'd like to suggest considering options for your mom between completely living alone and assisted living and you giving up your job. Once the doctor has clarified your mom's needs, then you can tailor her care to current needs and those anticipated in the near future. My dad has been living in a lovely independent apartment community for several years. At this point he can manage his own, daily care, with the pre-existing weekly apartment cleanings and dinner in the communal dining room. He can no longer drive and I have taken on supervision of his meds and finances. The next step for us will likely be hiring a now-and-again caregiver once some of his daily activities become problematic. Some of his neighbors have this arrangement. If it gets to the point that my dad requires round-the-clock care for his safety and well-being, I have already researched a nearby memory care home.
My point is that the needs of our LO are on a gradient, so, too, are the care options. I wish you, your mom and your family well. Peace be with you.