To the Editor:
I have lived in New Jersey for 40 years and I have never asked for anything from my legislators but I decided to write the following letter to my state representatives as well as my federal representatives. Here is the letter:
I am writing to express my concerns about the lack of help for caregivers in this country. My mother, Ruth Anne, is 92 years old and I have been trying to get help for her to go into a nursing home. I have applied for Medicaid as we cannot afford the amount for a nursing home (it can reach as high as $10,000 a month).
I have sent this letter to my state legislators as well as my federal legislators. To date, I have not heard a word from them. I feel that so many other areas are being helped but not the elderly who worked during their lives and tried to help themselves. They are now being penalized by the system and can get no help.
I am writing to you because I have friends in Delaware, Virginia, Georgia, and New Jersey. Everyone I speak to says the same thing. No one listens; no one cares. Applying for Medicaid is like swimming through molasses (and that probably would be easier). Also, the veterans administration is less than helpful.
I would love to hear from you regarding the situation. Please, please, please help those of us who are caregivers. I don’t know where else to turn. I will also be sending a letter to Senator Booker. Please don’t be like the state legislators and ignore my letter.
These letters were sent out on or about June 5, 2015. The only office to respond at all was Senator Booker’s office and their person did not follow up as promised.
Since all of you have decided to ignore my letter, be sure that, when your name come up again on the ballots, I will do likewise and ignore them.
Sincerely, a very frustrated caregiver,
South Plainfield, NJ