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I take care of both parents, for 3 years now. I live in their home. I know in Connecticut, they have a program called CCIS, which is for caregivers, that receive pay. I am the daughter, I have a brother, he lives in Israel. I am wondering if there is a program like this in Florida. I cant work, or go to school, my kids just left the house, and immediately had to go take care of parents.

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I just posted the information on another thread about Florida I also take care of both of my parents and I am also stage 4. I have been taking care of them 17 years, I am 49. They would have to apply for home based community services and then choose the PDO program that is the equivalent self directed program that allows caregivers to be paid. They do not make it easy so be well prepared. The alliance for aging or elders affairs line is who I would call in Tallahassee. I live in Miami but call the Capitol to receive the correct info. My mom is in the HMO called sunshine health they provide the pdo services.
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Contact your local Area Agency on Aging or bureau of senior services, they have in home programs and should have a 'waiver' or home and community based services where you can be paid to provide care to your mom. They also should have a caregiver support program that you can utilize.
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oops ... Acknowledging your choice allows you to take pride in your decision, and NOT feel like a victim.
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What if you hadn't given up your job to take care of your parents? What if your kids had been too young to leave, or your health was unstable, or for some reason you couldn't do it? What would have happened to them then? Investigate that, because it may be what has to happen to them now.

Would they be eligible for Medicaid? In some states Medicaid pays for them to go to a day health program. Then the primary caregiver can work during the day. Many states have a program designed to keep elders out of nursing homes by providing in-home care.

You'll have to investigate what is available in your state. And then share with us! We learn from each other.

I would also like to suggest one small change in how you talk about/think about your caregiving work. Instead of "I had to give up my job" try "I chose to give up my job to care for my parents." Instead of "I can't work or go to school" try "In the caregiving role I have chosen, I can't fit in work or school." No matter how compelling the reasons were behind your decision, you did have a choice. Acknowledging that allows you to take pride in your decision, and feel like a victim. It also allows for the possibility of making different decisions.

Your brother made a choice. He chose not to leave Israel to come take care of his parents. You made a choice, to go live with your parents and give up your own financial life. By all means, search out any financial help you can get, or any help your parents are entitled to. Be proud of the choice you made for three years, and be open to the possibility of other choices as things change.
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How old is your mother?

What income and resources does she have?

How long will you be able to maintain yourself without any money from a job?

My suggestion is to google "help for the elderly in Florida" and see what state agencies have a site online that might answer your question.
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The only state worse than Florida would be Louisiana. Check your nearest Senior Center for help. Don't expect much.
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I'm not sure about the programs in Florida, but depending on the type of insurance your family has, you may be able to get additional help free of charge
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