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Anyone else move a parent into your home, quit your job to care for them?

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How did you handle things financially? Can she pay me for care?

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I quit working in March after mom moved in in February It is going ok Mom has had several setbacks in her health that have been hard but I am glad I was able to be there to help her through them. Thanks for the tip about a contract I will look into that in my state
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To answer your question, no I did not resign from my career to care for my parents. Being a woman working these past 45 years, my salary was always less than that of a man, so I have to continue working.... assistant living/nursing homes don't give discounts if you are a woman. We both pay the same.

Chris, I noticed from a posting you made back in July, at that time you had been caring for your Mom for 7 months, it will be close to one year now. Curious how is that going? And yes, your Mom can pay you if you have a contract with her. Most contracts are for a 40 hour week, but as you probably know it is much more than 40 hours of work. And there is no time-and-half for weekends, and no double-time for holidays. No vacations days, and no sick days unless you have someone as a backup in case you need help.
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Financially, she should pay you her SS check. It won't be enough, not by a long shot. In a few months you will be very tired and depressed. You will be wanting to be at work, miss your friends and wonder why you did this.
Look at some Assisted Living facilities near Mentone IN. She might like being with people her own age. Take her to a social event, or go for lunch and a free tour at several places. Not for now, but perhaps for next year some time. Keep your options open.
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Have you already quit your job? This is usually not a good idea unless you are wealthy. If you have already quit, yes your mother can pay you. Draw up a caregiver contract with her. You may want to check your state rules about how a state views paid family caregivers when it comes to Medicaid. If your mother should need it on down the line, it is good to know if her paying you is permissible under your state's rules.
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Why would you quit your job? Is caring for your mom a career? Does she need 24/7 care? No one person can do that alone.
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