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My parents are staying at home with my brother and his family. We want to get a home health caregiver to help my parents preferably someone to come in 24/7. My parents hardly have any money but they live with my brother who is doing relatively well financially. How do we get home health care for my parents through Medicaid or Medicare if they live with my brother? How do we find out their eligibility?

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Medicare will be of little or no use since it only pays for intermittent, medically necessary, skilled care and your parents are in need of custodial or at the very most, intermediate care.

In fact, no matter where you turn you will not find funding for 24/7 home care. Period.

You may be able to cobble together benefits from several sources, however, to make care at home manageable. For instance, is mom or dad a veteran? Benefits are available.

What state to you live in? Some states have Medicaid programs that provide some home health care when another caregiver is present.

Also, as Austin suggested above, contact the local Area Agency on Aging (sometimes called the Aging and Disability Resource Center) and inquire about state, county and even city benefits that may provide meals on wheels, transportation, respite care, and more.

As unbelievable as it may seem, sometimes it is cheaper for the couple to live in assisted living than at home...and more benefits are available in that environment. And it can be safer. And it can be more fun for them with social activity and no grandkids! (I sure wouldn't want to live with your brother and his family, would you? lol) Ever visited one? You should, many are really great....
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I would start with the office for the ageing in your area ask ti have a social worker meet with all of you they will be able to assist you on how to approche how to get the services they need and how much you would have pay. Where I live medicare is very bad even when they set up help you are treated like the poor relation most of the time they will call and say there is no one to send because of whatever -I got very witchy about and made a lot of noise they never could see that I had a host of medical problems myself they wanted me to apply to medicaide and promised a lot of help of course they did not tell me what a long process that would be and if they really did not have the staff I still would get no care. There are agencies out there but are expensive and since your brother can probably afford it maybe he would be willing to start with 4 hrs. ome or two days a week and once he sees how it helps he might be willing to add on hrs. If not maybe a nursing home will have to be considered and after visiting some your brother may be open to home care -good luck us caregivers do not have much choice at this time.
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Actually this is another Secret Sister post if you go to RSROBBINS "wall" secret sister stated that she 'started this post' so the other person could answer it. I wouldn't have bothered to post except it was on the heels of something mean posted on another thread.

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Dear Mr. Robbins, Thanks so much for your helpful reply. It is as I suspected that amazingly there is not much financial support for elders to remain home and so the family has to take the major expense. To answer your questions, my folks are not veterans and they live in California. I was wondering what you mean by piecing together some possible resources: my Dad is 94, almost fully blind, and suffering from osteoarthritis to the point of having great difficulty in ambulating and toileting. Would you know where I should apply for some assistance or what different resources in California I should look at. Thanks so much.
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