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Can I get paid to care for my mother

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by iwanna iwanna (Member) Member Nurse

iwanna specializes in behavioral health.

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My elderly mother has lymphoma. I moved in with her to help her. I was hoping to return to work on a part time basis. I am on disability. I was attempting to return to work, then my mother became sick. I know a director at a methadone clinic, and I have a good chance of getting a job. However, my mother does not think that she can be alone for that may hours. I would work 15-20 hours a week. The hours are 5-1.

So, I was wondering if i could get paid to care for my mother. I called the local agency on aging, and they told me there is a three year wait. My mother does not qualify for medical assistance. Although, she does sorta have low income, only making $1300 a month.

The aging agency said that I could apply to local home health agency. Calling them and tell them that I am an LPN, and ask if they would hire me to care for my mother. But, I don't think her medicare would cover it.

Is there any way that I can get paid to care for my mother? She does not have the money to pay me.

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traumaRUs has 27 years experience as a MSN, APRN, CNS and specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU.

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In IL we have the Dept of rehab services. However the wait is more than two yrs.

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My agency has a policy against staff caring for their immediate family and I believe most agencies do also. Our Aging Agency has what is called Self Directed Care where a patient can hire family for Attendant level care. But as you said, the waiting list is quite long and the screening process is stringent. There have been so much abuse of this program by family members that I doubt the program will continue for long.

Kyasi

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