LTC Resources: Hawaiian Law Reunites Married Couple
There is good news for a couple who were forced to stay apart after staying together for more than 60 years. They would soon be re-united, thanks to the introduction of a new law that changed the rules for providing care to residential nursing care. Gov. Linda Lingle has signed a law that would help Terry Kaide, who is 87, to get into the same residential care home along with her husband Sidney, who is 89, after a gap of two years.
As the Gov. was signing the bill, Terry Kaide, who was sitting on a wheelchair and watching, was overwhelmed with joy. She said that now onwards they do not have to ask for consent to live together. They are now free to get into their new home.
The trouble for the couple started when the earlier rules permitted only one private pay client along with two Medicaid clients to remain in the same residential care home. In case of the Kaides, it was that the payment was made through their savings and insurance. This forced the couple in 2007 to live separately if Sidney kaide had to receive any care that he would require. Terry visited her husband daily and paid the caregiver $500 every month to drive her to the town of Papaikou from her home which is at a distance of 10 miles. The law was meant to provide the people with low-income and who are on Medicaid to receive most of the beds in each foster home by one paying resident.
The new law permits married couples, siblings, parents, reciprocal beneficiaries or good friends to live in the homes together, in spite of not being covered by Medicaid.
Annette Clay, the daughter of Kaides said that as her mother wants to live with her father as he may not live longer, she always used to remain depressed and lonely while they watched in despair as they could not do much to improve the situation.
After her back surgery that was done two years back, Terry Kaide applied to the governor for necessary exemptions to the law, the department in the government that certifies the attorney general and the home. In spite of everyone wanting Kaides to remain together for their remaining lives, the law prohibited them to do that. Hence, the kaides along with their three daughters together persuaded the state legislators to bring in the necessary changes.
Although her father is unable to move or talk and his meal is provided through a feeding tube, Terry said that he still presses her hand as she visits him to show his love for her.
A state official said that the third bed present in the community care home that gets funding from the state as well as federal government has receive certification and Terry Kaide can get into the home with immediate effect.
At the signing ceremony of the bill, Lingle said the injustice meted out to the family of Kedes had ended and families in similar situation would be benefited from the bill.
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