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I KEEP hearing from a LOT of friends, family members, and even the Program Director of our Senior Center's Meals On Wheels, that I can receive financial assistance for being a FULL TIME caregiver for my 89 year old Mom who has Alzheimer's (and has now begun to hallucinate!).


However, no matter how hard I've looked and researched the subject, I simply CANNOT find anything that would indicate that such assistance might be available!


We're both on Social Security, so even our meager combined SS income isn't enough to make it month to month so we could SURE use ANY help that might be out there!


Can ANYONE help me determine once and for all just WHAT is, or is NOT, available?


Many thanks! Michele

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I know where I live, which is Wisconsin, you can receive a stipend for taking care of a loved one. My mother got it when she was taking care of my dad at home. However, before you go ahead and start applying for caregiver pay, see if this would affect your Social Security payments. There are also volunteer services that can provide help and companionship to a loved one so you can take a break and relax. I would contact your aging and disability division for more info on these programs.
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There are a couple states that will pay for full time care through Medicaid. Every state has at least one program that Medicaid that will pay a family caregiver however some states will not pay a member of the same household, legal guardian. Many states will pay more than 12-14 hours a week. Some will pay no more than 20 hours a week. Some will pay 40 hours a week. Few states pay a little over minimum wage, most pay minimum wage. Try contacting your area on aging because they will know all of the programs in your area.
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Depending on your state, you may be able to get some Medicaid assistance. It would be no more than 12 or 14 hours a week and paid at minimum wage.
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From what I have read programs vary by state. I am in Canada, so only have learned from this board about US programs.

From what I have learned Medicaid pays for some support provided by some family members in some states. So the place to start is your local Medicaid program.

However, again what I have learned from posts here, it is unlikely you will be paid for providing full time care.

Being that you have your own health concerns, would it be beneficial to have hired caregivers a couple hours a week? That would give you a break, give you time for your own appointments and perhaps even a social outing.
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