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I am caring for both 2 elderly parents (1 living with me, and one in a nursing facility) and 3 young kids - and I'm trying to determine if there're any programs out there to assist by way of $ compensation. I'm drowning in bills, and on reduced income. The problem is, I make *somewhat* of a decent salary, but debits are still outweighing credits, and getting a part time job will only exhaust me further, and I have to be home at night with the kids anyway, so, I'm looking for supportive programs for adults like me that are stuck between a rock and a tough place. Suggestions?

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Thanks! Now I just have to find out how medicaid applies or does not apply to my mother. I'll do some research.
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Call an elder lawyer. I found it well worth it! Each state is different, and it's good to hear what you may not know....sometimes the consult is free.
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Is either of your parents on Medicaid? In many states a family member can receive some payment for caring for a Medicaid recipient living at home. This isn't going to take the place of your decent salary, but it could help some. Or instead of being paid yourself, having Medicaid provide the care through an agency might free you up some from those duties.

If your parents are not on Medicaid, do they have sufficient resources to pay you? If they can, that is a perfectly valid arrangement. The parent living with you should be paying you at least for room and board and possibly for care. Is this happening? There should be a written agreement in place to make it clear that this money is for payment, and is not a gift.
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