I provide 13 hours of care for my 84-yr old father who has dementia. I am unable to live in his home because I also have a 21 yr old son with autism that can not sleep anywhere but his own bed. The family is paying for people to work the night shift from 8pm to 7am, but for some reason it is expected that I do it because I should. I am on FMLA from my full time job but do not receive any pay and now have received notice that my house is in danger of foreclosure after I have missed one payment.
I am not expecting to receive enough to save my house, but enough to pay for food and gas and my insurance and phone would be nice.
Has anyone else ever been through this? Why is family so opposed to paying me anything? If I was not there they would have to pay someone else. It is not like I do nothing.. I manage the meds, do all the shopping, and cleaning and daytime care including doctors appointments, foot and peri-care, not to mention all the special cooking for his low sodium diet necessary to keep his blood pressure under control.