Sometimes all you want to do is to provide your elderly loved one with the care they need by yourself, at home, spending as much time as you can with them. In many cases, it is the right thing to do. It is also a job. In many states, Medicaid recognizes that. You can become your loved one’s paid family caregiver and have Medicaid fund your work. Today we’re bringing you the story of Patricia who took this opportunity with the help of Eldercare Resource Planning.
Mary was not the typical mother. She did not like to cook or bake but loved to work outside cutting grass, plowing snow, anything physical. Her occupation for years was a tire changer at the Sears. She was also an amazing caretaker and I had the privilege of taking care of her during her twilight years.
Prior to applying for Medicaid, my husband and I were paying for all my mother’s needs. My mother always lived with my husband and I. She pulled her own weight until she was not able. She was now requiring someone to be with her fulltime. My husband and I had a business, so I needed to pay someone to stay with her during the day. This got to be very expensive. She also needed various medical supplies not covered by Medicare.
I looked into applying for Medicaid, however, the process and the amount of paperwork was overwhelming and I knew much of it was beyond my abilities. Also, there were so special issues that needed to be addressed as well.
As most things these days, I did an internet search. I looked at a few companies and inquired to send me information. When I spoke to Eldercare Resource Planning, they were informative, upfront with costs and seemed very capable of taking care of my situation.
Eldercare Resource Planning helped me through the labyrinth of paperwork required to qualify my mother for Medicaid. I know I could not have done this without their help. Eldercare Resource, of course, required me to give them paperwork but getting it to be approved by Medicaid was through their knowledge of the system.
The services Eldercare Resource provided were outstanding. They were in constant communication with me as we went through the process. They made the application stress free for me.
It has been a little over a year since Mary passed. She was 91. We like to say she had a good run. She passed at home, just as she wished.
Having Medicaid in place allowed me to stay home to take care of my mom. This was a privilege. I would not have been able to do this without the Medicaid in place.
Thank you Eldercare Resource for giving me this gift of time.
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