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I live in California and recently quit my job and sold my home and moved back in with my mother to look after her full time. Someone told me that I might be able to get paid to do this for my mom. I’ve searched the Medicare/Medicaid website but it’s all very confusing and trying to contact my local offices and getting a live body is almost impossible. Is there anyone out there who has gone through this process that can tell me what to do, how to fill forms out and what to expect regarding this process ?? Thank you in advance!

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Don't do it. Your own social security is in jeopardy. Things will get much worse for you. Are you prepared for 24/7 care with not much sleep and threatening your own health. The government funds licensed people only a few hours each week if qualified. Mom has to pay you.

If you still want to do this then have a contract with your mom. Otherwise, when you show large payments to you, she may be disqualified from Medicaid if NH is needed. Do contact an eldercare lawyer to do this right
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Contact an elder care lawyer in your state. Your pastor or rabbi is a good resource for trustworthy ones.
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The vast majority of family caregivers are not paid anything to do this job.

some are lucky enough that they get paid by their parents,

in in some states there is a small stipend that can be had from the state welfare...but it is usually a very small amount (like covers 8 hours a week). Certainly, not enough to cover any bills much less live on.
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medicare does not pay family caregivers. The only way to get paid through Medicaid is if mom is eligible. The department of social services is the best place to seek that information. Keep in mind, the pay is minimum wage and most states will not pay you as a full time caregiver. They’ll pay for maybe 10-20 hours a week. If you are still in California, then google “in home support services” and the county you are in. IHSS pays family caregiver, again it’s minimum wage and a few hours.
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