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Old 08-03-2005, 05:48 AM   #6
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Exclamation Re: benefits for caregivers?

My mother, who is in much the same situation, was put on a state program administered by the county that paid a wage to her caregiver. It was part of the "Elderly Waiver" program in that state. After she was qualified for Elderly Waiver, she qualified for a "PCA" (Personal Care Attendant) who could be a family member. [In the state where I live now, it's called CDAC, or "Consumer Directed Attendant Care," and is also under their Elderly Waiver program.] The bad part of the program was that they did an annual assessment of how much care she needed-- which was (according to their guideline) five hours a day-- SPREAD OUT OVER 24!!! So even though I was there 24/7, I was paid for just 35 hours a week... But it was something-- which really, really helped! I took care of her for just over a year before I moved to another state (I TRULY feel guilty). My brother lives with her now and does the caregiving.

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