108-Year-Old Woman Might Be Kicked Out Of Assisted Living Facility

"Moving her to a more medically-oriented facility would be traumatic," daughter Susan Hatfield said to PEOPLE. "She's still very engaged with life."

Great-grandmother Carrie Rausch of Columbus, Ohio, didn't realize she'd ever outlive her savings. 

But that's exactly what the 108-year-old did, and now she's not able to afford the $40,000 room and board costs at her assisted living facility, Country Living reports. In Ohio, Medicaid doesn't cover assisted living facility expenses, and Rausch's daughter, Susan Hatfield, is worried she'll have to move her to a nursing home that is paid for by Medicaid.

The differences between the two potential homes for the elderly are vast: Assisted living facilities are where older people live together under staff supervision, and services such as meals and communal activities are provided. On the other hand, nursing homes are for the frail and sick, and often resemble hospitals.

"Moving her to a more medically-oriented facility would be traumatic, and I think she'd end up becoming a lady who lays in bed all day," Hatfield said to PEOPLE. "She's still very engaged with life. She doesn't watch things; she does them."

As a result, Hatfield has set up a GoFundMe page to raise the money needed for her mother to stay at her current facility, Sunrise on the Scioto.

Hatfield wrote in the description,

"[My mother] gets around well with a walker, can get in my car for outings, attends family functions, and still says 'Hi' to everyone she meets. I think this is due in large part to a life-long dedication to good nutrition, beginning in the 1950s before it was easy to do, and always maintaining a good attitude. One of her favorite quotes is 'Do the best with what you have to work with.'"

The money will go toward Rausch's stay, and so far, donors have raised more than $28,000 of the $40,000 needed to pay for another year.

Hatfield wishes to emphasize there are no hard feelings toward Sunrise on the Scioto, which she posted about to Facebook: 

Hatfield wrote,

"Heartfelt thanks to all who have supported my Mom recently. Please know that Sunrise on the Scioto is not a villain in her situation. They are not forcing her to leave. The Medicaid system in Ohio does not pay for room and board at any assisted living facility. I want her to stay at Sunrise because they provide a good quality of life for her. The staff treats her like a queen, and I am grateful for all they do, including the recent birthday party that they gave for her."

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