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My wife's hospice care with paid care givers is extremely expensive. It has cost me over $55,000 last year to pay care givers for 7 day care for my bed-bound wife. We didn't expect that she would still be with us now after over 12 months in home-hospice. My savings are almost depleted and I'm wondering if there is some agency of the government that provides financial help for such situations. My wife is 84, and I am 85 in fairly good health. I would appreciate any help i can get.

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You probably should consult with an eldercare attorney about the rights of the "community spouse"-- that's you. You should not deplete your shared resources, otherwise you will be left in poverty after her passing.

Start with your state's medicaid website.
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Hospice is paid by Medicare. There's a nurse who checks in once a week, and a CNA who helps care givers for 15 minutes 3 days a week. I must pay for care givers 7 days/11hrs per day at $15.00 per hour.
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How come Hospice is not paid by Medicare?
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Depending on your State [each State has their own rules and regulations], the spouse who isn't on Medicaid [you] gets to keep a certain amount to live on. On Monday, give your State Medicaid office a call.
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Thank you; but that is when all your resources are depleted; correct? I thought there might be some financial aid before that occurs. Wishful thinking.....
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There is, it is called Medicaid.
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