Assisted Living Waiver Client Story: Dorothy

Assisted Living Waiver Client Dorothy and Care Manager Margo
Dorothy, right, with her Council on Aging Care Manager, Margo

When Dorothy moved to an assisted living apartment in a retirement community, her son encouraged her
to make the most of the activities on offer. So most days, she walks a mile – five laps around the second
floor. She lifts weights, takes a yoga class and bowls.

“But I’m a terrible bowler,” she said. “I want to do better. Last time, I was embarrassed.”

She also helps some friends whose eyesight is failing. They read together and she helps with their mail.

Dorothy considers herself fortunate. After retiring from her secretary/bookkeeper job in Indiana at age 77 and experiencing some health problems, she moved here to be closer to her son and his family. She moved to an assisted living facility and lived there five years until she ran out of money. At that time, the facility was not certified to offer the Assisted Living Waiver. She had to move, but she found a new home, which does offer the waiver, enabling Dorothy to qualify for Medicaid to cover her long-term care services.

“I didn’t want to move, but my money was running out,” Dorothy said. “I used everything up.”

Now, speaking of her home and her Council on Aging care manager, Dorothy said, “It’s been a good thing for me to live here. Margo is my friend and if I have any problems, I call her and she takes care of it. She’s very efficient."

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