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  •  Was your grandpa (2+ / 0-)
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    betson08, phonegery

    ... in the service during war time perhaps? My grandma was eligible for aprox $1000 a month because papa was in the Air Force during WWII.

    Of course, they don't make this a well-known fact and I didn't look for it until we were desperate. Once Gran was put in a nursing home the plan only pays $100 a month. That covers her hair appts and that's about it, but that $1000 a month surely could have helped us keep Gran at home a bit longer. Maybe.

    I need to write about the financial aspect of it all. I have a lot of information to give on that.

    "What luck for the rulers that men do not think." - Adolph Hitler

    by bhlogger on Wed Apr 06, 2011 at 09:55:47 AM PDT

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    •  Well, this was my mom, but (2+ / 0-)
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      she was the WWII generation. Her home health care was covered under Medicare because of hospice, but I have a feeling that you can get home health care through Medicare for other reasons also.

      There's also an underground network of well-regarded home health care aides in some areas and if you find one you can get better care givers that way than through an agency.

      •  Likely only if... (1+ / 0-)
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        ... you live in city or urban-ish area. We lived in the country and the drive for the caregivers (that we never could actually find) was a factor... sometimes as much as $25 an hour for an 8-hr day. We worked around this by having my uncle stay with her during the day and Mom would come home at night after work and take her shift. I took weekends when I was able. This worked for awhile but it wore my mother out quickly and when Gran began to wander at night and Mom couldn't get any sleep it was the beginning of the "Nursing Home Decision".  We looked desperately for a caregiver, even one to pay under the table. Nothing out there in that small town. :-(

        "What luck for the rulers that men do not think." - Adolph Hitler

        by bhlogger on Wed Apr 06, 2011 at 11:29:48 AM PDT

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        •  Oh that's so stressful (1+ / 0-)
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          I'm so sorry. I know it's harder in the rural areas (ironically, you get better hospice care there though).

          I think alzheimers and dementia are especially difficult to deal with because the victims can still walk around and escape, etc.

          Just terrible for the whole family.

          I hope the setback wasn't too great with the move and you can still get some good days in with her.


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