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Mom taking care of her unworking mother. Any advice?

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As I mentioned before, I am writting on behalf of my mother who is the caregiver of my 72 year old grandmother. My grandmother has lived in the US for over 10 years and has never worked. She had her green card and recently she passed her citizenship test!!! She doesnt know how to read or write ,she is probably at a first grade level. We bought her a tape recorder and that is the way she learned..
Well, my grandma has many health issues. She has only one kidney, arthiritis, hip replacement, blind from one eye due to stroke.. and many other problems that I fail to take note. She grew up in Ecuador and most of our expenses for health care have been traveling to Ecuador to get her examine, because we don't know how to get her healthcare here. My mother works full-time and makes enough money to qualified for medicare.. so apparently my grandma doesn't qualify for medicare nor medicaid. My grandma provides for my grandma 100%. What resources are out there for my mother to take care of grandma, and what healthcare benefits can we get for grandma... Please guide us to ease the aging process..

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If Grandma can be proven disabled (this takes time and depends on the state where you live), she would then receive some income and also Medicaid.

I think since she's a citizen, she will qualify for some aid even without the disability. Please contact both Medicare and the Medicaid system in your state through Social Services. They may be able to help.

Good luck,
Carol
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Now that grandma is a citizen she probably qualifies for Medicaid in your state. Be sure to to check with your state and help get apply for this benefit. Your mothers income has relevance for her own social security and Medicare when she retires or reaches the right age. It is not relevant for grandma and Medicare.
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She can apply for social security..
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No she won't get social security if she never paid into it. On the other hand, if she was enrolled in Ecuador IESS, she should be able to collect from them. go to iess.gob.ec
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Because of her age (72) I don't think grandma will have to show a disability. Medicaid has been for the disabled, blind and aged (65 and over). Under Obamacare I don't think there is any need any more to show disability...that's one reason so many young adults are now eligible based on economics, not disability AND economic need.
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