Sunday, November 13, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Page on down to see the letter. I just want us all to be on the same page with this change. Why pay out when it's being picked up by Medicare/Medicaid.
Yes, one thing too. Elvis because you have the POA and I only have the POA/health. I understand you will need to call the Soc/Sec office to make sure they stop the payment. They may want a written request too. I just don't know. Please check that out.
Snickers.......page down :)
Dear membership department,
(Mom's name) is my mother and I have her POA over health issues. See attached copy. In recent months my mother has moved into the Olympic Alzheimer's Residence in Gig Harbor, Washington. With this move her finances have been cut so much with spending that she needed to go onto Medicaid Care/ Medicare. She is now in a position to need to opt out of her GHC Clear Care Essential HMO plan, plus optional dental benefits.
I was told from the GHC information line 1-888-901-4636 that I needed to write a letter to your membership department about my mother's need to opt out and include my POA/health paper. I understand that on September 2, 2011 my mother will no longer be able to seek help at any of the GHC places of service.
Thank you Sincerely,
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
What do you sees nurse? . . . . . What do you see?
What are you thinking . . . . . when you're looking at me?
A crabby old man .. . . . . not very wise,
Uncertain of habit . . . . . with faraway eyes?
Who dribbles his food . . . . . and makes no reply.
When you say in a loud voice . . . . . 'I do wish you'd try!'
Who seems not to notice .. . . . . the things that you do.
And forever is losing . . . . . A sock or shoe?
Who, resisting or not . . . . . lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding . . . . . The long day to fill?
Is that what you're thinking? . . . . . Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse . . . . . you're not looking at me.
I'll tell you who I am. . . . . . As I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding, . . . . . as I eat at your will.
I'm a small child of Ten . . . . . with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters . . . . . who love one another.
A young boy of Sixteen . . . . with wings on his feet.
Dreaming that soon now . . . . . a lover he'll meet.
A groom soon at Twenty . . . . . my heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows . .. . . . that I promised to keep.
At Twenty-Five, now . . .. . . I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide . . . . . And a secure happy home.
A man of Thirty . . . . . My young now grown fast,
Bound to each other . . . . . With ties that should last.
At Forty, my young sons . . .. . . have grown and are gone,
But my woman's beside me . . . . .. to see I don't mourn.
At Fifty, once more, . . . . . babies play 'round my knee,
Again, we know children . . . . . My loved one and me.
Dark days are upon me . . . . . my wife is now dead.
I look at the future . . . . . shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing . . . . . young of their own.
And I think of the years .. . . . . and the love that I've known.
I'm now an old man . . . . .. and nature is cruel.
Tis jest to make old age . . . . . look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles . . . . . grace and vigor, depart.
There is now a stone . . . . where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass . . . . . a young guy still dwells,
And now and again . . . . . my battered heart swells.
I remember the joys . . . . . I remember the pain.
And I'm loving and living . . . . . life over again.
I think of the years, all too few . . . . .. gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact . . . . that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people . . . . . open and see.
Not a crabby old man . . . . Look closer . .. . see ME!!
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
I received the info from DSHS on Mom's Medicaid benefits and got the bill at OAR all straightened out through July. Snickers and Popcorn were out of State for a week and Mom became a little anxious during that time and made several calls to me for reassurance. I was there with her last Tuesday and had lunch with her. Every thing went well. When Snickers got home from the trip she picked up Mom for a visit at their house and Mom once again became very confused when it was time to settle in again back at OAR and also made several calls from her cell phone to Snickers for reassurance.
Ladybug went up to Everette to spend the day with her Mother who is also in a rest home. She is 90 years old and failing. Her weight is down to 89 Lbs. and she is on morphine for pain from her osteoporosis.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
At a meeting with OAR this week we learned that the figures given above are not a sum total of daily benefits but an "either or" kind of thing and that Mom is "medically"qualified for the $94.71 per day benefit but so far DSHS has not shown her qualified "financially" for the benefits. While in this meeting, I called DSHS. The Social Worker is out on medical leave and I talked to Bruce, the Social Worker's supervisor who verified that a case worker was working on the "financial" qualifications right then and when finished, we would be notified what Mom's co-pay would be and the benefits would be payed retroactively to the first of June. Upon hearing this, the folks at OAR said that they would go back into Mom's account and rework it with the understanding that she will not be a Private Pay resident effective the first of June but a Public Assistance residence and that makes the rates different. So, we wait. Pray for us.
Monday, June 27, 2011
We all got a call from OAR Sunday morning. Here is a note from Baileywick about it.
Hi Elvis and Snickers,
Just got a call from OAR. They tried calling both of you but no one home. Nurse was concerned about red blotches on mom's chest. Mom was able to relate that she had been to the doctors. I explained to the nurse, who only works every other weekend, regarding mom's episode and hospital admission. I stated that the blotches were probably do to EKG patches and she might be having a slight allergic reaction to the adhesive. Suggested they use Neosporin on sights. They are going to use Triple Antibiotic Ointment. Wanted to fill you in on what was going on. If you have any other questions just give me a call.
Talk to you later,
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
There are times when Mom speaks very highly of the staff there at OAR and the accommodations but other times she seems depressed. She doesn't appear to have deteriorated as far as most of the other residents in her community with the AD symptoms but often does not remember that we have been there to visit her. I call her every morning right after breakfast. She always recognizes my voice and we have the usual short conversation about the same things.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Dear family, and prayer warriors,
Thank you so much for your prayers. God has heard our call and has calmed the storm with His Peace. Monday the 25th we did the move in for Mom at the Memory Care Community (Alzheimer's). Before leaving our house I began to feel a wee bit frantic as I could tell my mother was stressing. Things calmed as we all got into the van, mom, my sister-in-law, and me. My husband, and brother followed with the truck load. Upon our arrival the staff went into action with smiles, and welcomes directing mom into her new environment. Thank you God, thank you God. They know what they are doing. We the family were able to take care of the move in, and the financial part within a few hours. We made sure her side of the room was as close to the arrangement of her bedroom here in my home. Mom was pleased, I could tell. We had the circle of prayer including her new roommate, Margie. Thank you MY LORD. We returned to my home, had some food, and a good visit as we still had more paperwork to finish. By 5pm, my brother and his wife had left, and my husband had to attend a meeting at the church. Guess what? I fell asleep in the easy chair and slept for two hours. Then I was able to hit the hay and still have a good night's sleep. Note, of course I forgot her hairspray...LOL, but that didn't matter. I talked with my brother this morning and she had already been to the beauty salon. My mom is a retired hair dresser. She's right at home, along with a Christian, Mariners Fan, roommate. At 88, how good does it get! Please, when the Lord brings us to your mind do pause and remember us, Mom and the family in prayer. Pray also for the staff at OAR.
sister sheep... Snickers
Monday, April 11, 2011
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Saturday, February 19, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
Here is the latest update on Mom over at Snicker's:
Wanted to make sure you were aware that mom is finally on the Group Health Co-op health plan at the cost of $267. I think it was that amount. She is not to happy about that, but on her clear days she understands the reason. Her change in counties made this so that she does have to pay a premium.
Last Thursday we spent from 1:30 to 5pm just getting her meds set up, blood work and so on. Yesterday she had to go in and get a chest xray to check her CHF. Tomorrow we go to see another neurologist to assess her mind. Will keep you updated on all of this. It's been an interesting ride around here. Most of moms days are good though.
ttyl - Snickers.
I just wanted to make sure you all know that mom's GHC monthly payment is $167. a month, because of her first payment it was $267., and then it'll be out of her SS there after. It's kind of mixed up because we set it up to come out of her SS and at GH I was told that doesn't work very well and that I should call customer service and request to not do that...which I did...then we get the letter in the mail that it was in effect. Soooooooooooo, we'll see what happens with all of this. I do wish I'd never recalled them, but so goes the day.
So, we go see the neurologist today. Thank you "Elvis" for coming over to be with mom and me at this appointment. It's good to have more ears and eyes on this kind of appointment. Like I remind mom it's a second opinion. I'm excited for that myself. Will keep you updated.
In a Season,
Here is the report on the visit today:
Today we, mom, "Elvis", and I met with a new neurologist with the Group Health family. This was great because it was like a second opinion. Mom did great! All of us were very happy with the doctor today. He was so much more personable than the first neurologist we met with. Although his diagnose for dementia was still the same. He answered to us using the "A-word" to represent Alzheimer's. I responded with (you mean Alzheimer's) and he looked shocked and looked at mom, then us and said yes. Then we talked about dementia and it ended with the diagnose being Alzheimer's. He also said he felt because mom was in an environment of activity with family that she seemed to be doing very well. He also suggested Silver Sneaker's for mom, so this is something we need to work on for her. So by the end of the day mom, "Elvis" and I were all glad for this new doctor's diagnose. She is doing very well and most of her days are good.
I've talked to mom about setting her up with an email address so she might be able to talk to all of you. So I think we will come up with something or it could be just go ahead and use this email for her too.
Mom says to send her love to all of you, that she wishes she could see all of you.
In His Season of Life,