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Her doctor wrote a letter stating someone should be with her at all times with me being the one doing so.

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ThulaSue, the vast majority of adult children/grandchildren do not get paid for caring for a relative..... unless that relative can pay from their own retirement fund, as Isthisrealyreal and worreidinCali had mentioned in their postings.

You could see if your Grandmother can be approved for Medicaid [which is different from Medicare].

It all depends on what State you live in, as each State has their own Medicaid programs which are funded by the taxpayers. If you happen to be in a State that does pay, please note you probably will get minimal pay for a few hour each day.

This is a tough situation especially if you need wages to pay your own bills. If Grandmother needs around the clock care, the family should think about Grandmother moving to an Assisted Living/Nursing Home that accepts Medicaid. I know, it's not always a choice that the family wants to make. Some places have a long waiting list, thus better to place Grandmother's name now and not wait until you have crashed and burned from exhaustion.
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Have a care agreement drawn up if she can afford to pay you. There are also state/federal programs that do pay caregivers but the person has to be medically and financially needy. A doctors note doesn’t make your grandma eligible.
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The family is usually the one that pays other family if the patient can not afford to pay themselves.
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