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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Chelsea,
Have the dept of aging do a home vist. There are funds available for caregivers also your parents may get in home services. If my info is correct you may get respite help.

take care of yourself,
Vickie
Hospice wasn't a 'place' that my father-in-law went to die, it was 'people' that came to where he was staying and helped him die. Pain management was their main concern for him. So you can still have hospice and not have to move him anywhere. My neighbor also had hospice come in and help her while she was dying of ovarian cancer. First it was once a month, eventually it was every day someone would come and help her husband deal with her pain and just plain dying. They were wonderful. And when they tell you it will be any day now, they mean ANY DAY NOW. They have seen it so many times that their timing was pretty much on the money.
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
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
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!
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 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
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
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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