Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.
This Wednesday, February 20th, there will be a Community Education Meeting to explain the new Family Care Program at the Waukesha County Expo Center 4H Forum Building, North Hall . (1000 Northview Road, Waukesha) You may choose to attend the 3 pm or 6 pm session.
The meetings are sponsored by the Waukesha County Human Services and Health Department, Waukesha County Department of Senior Services, Care Wisconsin, and Community Care Inc. They will explain the new Family Care Program (formerly the Community Options Program) and they will have a Q & A opportunity too.
Basically, as I understand it, this program allows the elderly or those in need of assisted living to remain in their assisted living facility, even after their private funds run out. In other words, Medicaid would pay for assisted living.
In the past, Medicaid would only pay for the traditional nursing home after the patient used up their own private resources. But now, through this program, Medicaid will pick up the tab on assisted living facilities too.
In case you did not know, usually assisted living facilities are much less expensive than the traditional nursing home. Nursing homes run about $6,000+ a month while some assisted living apartments or homes cost closer to $3,000 per month. Thus this program saves the taxpayers some money. At those rates, it is easy to see how a senior could go through their hard earned savings very quickly.
The program is not automatic, you must plan for it. If anyone in your family is facing the prospect of assisted living or long term care, but has limited resources, this meeting could be beneficial. Check it out and visit the websites.