Help with reimbursement for care of elderly parents

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I need advice regarding my situation. My father has cancer and refuses treatment and wants to die at home. He does not want to be put in a nursing home or hospice. I am currently unemployed and take care of both my mom and dad's daily needs (i.e ordering, picking up and dispensing daily medications, housework, grocery shopping, Dr appts ect..) which leaves me little time to take care of my own needs. Is there a program that will reimburse/pay for my time? I understand I may have to take some type of training to become certified? They both have Medicare and Colorado Medicaid/Colorado Access. I appreciate your time and guidance.

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It is impossible to be a 24/7 caregiver and work another full time job, at some point whether by circumstance or design, most caregivers are old themselves, at the time they need to be worried about their own retirement, it only follows that they would need to be compensated. We should get paid. if your parents own their own house, you may inherit it, if their only asset is there home you can get paid by a states cash and counseling program, as they have in Illinois and you can do that by contacting the depart of aging. Regardless our aging population is going to expand and we as boomers are going to be a part of it, I just wish we could get work credits through social security for work we do and do not get paid for, so we would be able to get what we so richly deserve for caregiving, caregiving is not a sideline sport, as we all can testify, it robs you of your time, your strength and your abilities and there is nothing wrong with expecting to get paid or compensated. I wish government would see it as a money saver instead of paying the big bucks for a nursing home through public aid. It is "a right" to be disabled and stay in your own community, compensating a family member should be part of a persons care, as much as they py for nursing homes.
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I resently had to move my elderly mother closer to me as she needs help. In doing so, I had to have a renter move out to accomodate her. She can not pay rent, is there a way I could get any reimbursement? She has medicare - Jeanne
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I am also the one taking care of fathers needs, Dr appointments, general tasks, and am trying to find a way to get reimbursement instead of hiring someone I dont know. I would rather do all the caregiving myself, so I know they are taken care of. Anyone with advice is appreciated. Carla
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I have been helping my mom with various aspects of her daily care (not medical, mostly administrative like appointments, bills, phone calls, general tasks etc,) for the past year and was told I may be eligible to receive some reimbursement/assistance for these tasks. In have been unemployed and have lost my unemployment extension and have not been able to work full time because of the situation and have been trying to find part time work which would allow flexibility around the many frequent doctors appointments which require accompaniment. Is there such a program in place and if so, how can I find out if I'm eligible an what's involved? (I'm inNVif that's any help) Thanks. Carla
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I have been helping my mom with various aspects of her daily care (not medical, mostly administrative like appointments, bills, phone calls, general tasks etc,) for the past year and was told I may be eligible to receive some reimbursement/assistance for these tasks. In have been unemployed and have lost my unemployment extension and have not been able to work full time because of the situation and have been trying to find part time work which would allow flexibility around the many frequent doctors appointments which require accompaniment. Is there such a program in place and if so, how can I find out if I'm eligible an what's involved? (I'm in Pa if that's any help) Thanks. Chris
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82 yr old man try rent out my basement should be okey to rent out for him?
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Chelsea, Every state's Area Agency on Aging has a Family Caregiver Support Program. This is one of the most helpful resources available for families providing care to an older relative. If you’re providing care in your home for a relative who is 60 years of age or older and has a moderate income, you may qualify. To find a local Area Agency on Aging operating the Family Caregiver Support Program near you, call the Eldercare Locator at 1.800.677.1116 or go to eldercare.gov.
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i was a certified in-home caregiver 8 yrs. ago for my mother to take care of her before she passed, and now my father was just diagnosed with terminal cancer do i have to be re-certified to take care of my father? can hospice help me with my situation? who and where can get help? please!
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Chelsea,
Here is a link for the Area's on Aging in your State. http://www.carecolorado.net/list10_co_Aging_Services_senior_centers.htm Hopefully you can call them and they can give you direction and let you know what you can qualify for. I agree with Naheaton concerning Hospice, very very very important..!! Hospice is as much for YOU as it is for your father. Can you present it as "help" for you? If your parents are stubborn like most parents, you have to make them think they made the decision. Hospice will help you with medicine cost as well as care and other items you may not realize. YOU need Hospice for yourself as well.
Blessings,
Bridget
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In the state of Tennessee there is a program called Tennessee Choices that pays for taking care of and elderly parent. I never applied for it but i now wish i had done so. In this state you can't have durable power of attorney and get paid. I know other states have this program available to caretakers. It's not medicaid. it's an entirely different program. Hope this helps
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