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Updated: Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 5:01 PM
An Ohio woman who just turned 108 may be forced from her home because she cannot pay.
Carrie Rausch celebrated her birthday with family and friends on Tuesday at Sunrise on the Scioto outside Columbus.
The centenarian told the Columbus Dispatch that she went bowling until she was 100, and contributes her longevity to healthy eating.
“Maybe I’ll go another 20 years,” she said at the party.
Carrie Rausch, who recently turned 108, may have to leave her home at Sunrise on the Scioto.(Columbus Dispatch)
Despite what her daughter calls an “unyielding positive attitude” Rausch faces trouble ahead.
She may be forced to leave the assisted living center where she moved three years ago after spending nearly 80 years in the same home.
Susan Hatfield started a GoFundMe page for her mother because “she has outlived her assets, and her current facility does not accept Medicaid as a payment source.”
Rausch's daughter said that the facility where she currently lives does not accept Medicaid as payment.(Google Maps Street View)
Though some states such as New York have programs that assist the elderly with room and board in assisted living centers, though Ohio's Assisted Living Waiver program does not.
“I sincerely believe that moving her now would be devastating to her,” Hatfield said on the page, adding that if she cannot come up with more money her mother will need to move to a nursing home.
Hatfield said that $40,000 is necessary to keep her mother at the assisted living center for another year.
She has raised more than $6,000 as of Wednesday afternoon.Send a Letter to the Editor
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