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Contact Medicaid and see if FIL fits the criteria for homecare. He will get an aide and some other things. This will give you time to yourself.
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If you don't care what type of hospital bed you get, yes medicare will pay for a hospital bed if a doctor orders it. You will have a copay though. 20% on clean medicare and less if you have secondary insurance.

The problem is that medicare will not pay for a full electric one. So if you want that, you'll have to buy one yourself or pay for the upgrade yourself. Both come out to be about the same so for us, we decided to just buy one. Less hassle. They aren't that expensive. All in, it ran about $1000. I could have probably gotten one cheaper, but time was of the essence.
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guygillem, the vast majority of grown children do not get paid for being a caregiver for a parent.... unless the parent can pay them from their own retirement fund. If this is an option, you would need to create an Employment Contract, to which Dad would need to sign. I see from your profile that your Dad had Alzheimer's/Dementia, so it depends on if he understands what is in an contract.

Another option is to call your State Medicaid office to see if your Dad can quality for Medicaid [which is different from Medicare]. Each State handles their own rules and programs. Check and see what programs are available.

If Dad was in the military, check with the VA to see what programs would be available.

Here is a handy website to help you know what is or is not covered by Medicare. https://www.medicare.gov/coverage/is-your-test-item-or-service-covered
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Not knowing the status of your father's health, I know that when a person is on hospice they receive a hospital bed, Depends, wipes, cremes, and many other items that are necessary for caring for that person. In addition, a nurse is assigned to the person and comes in on a regular basis for assessments and just to see how things are going. A bath aide comes with hospice as does various emotional supports that the family can choose ala carte style such as music therapy, spiritual guidance, and other various non-essential services.

Your father may not be at this point but if he is it's something to consider.
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