Your Mother is eligable for attendant care (SEE BELOW) services if age 21-65; if over 65, eligable for services thru Office of Aging based on permanant disability. Many states have lottery funds or medical assistance monies that pay for these programs: Some have sliding scale fees--- all based on income. Please inquire about these services in your area.
What Is Attendant Care?
Attendant Care is any action to assist a person with a disability in accomplishing activities of daily living. These cover a broad spectrum of activities including bathing, dressing, feeding, toileting, transferring, mobility, cooking, cleaning, laundering, dispensing of routine medications and similar tasks. Primarily, these are tasks that the individual is unable to physically perform or has a great deal of difficulty doing.
Attendant Care is also known as personal care assistance, personal assistance services or home health care.
How Does It Differ From Nursing Care?
The tasks performed by an attendant are typically non-medical in nature and do not require medically trained personnel to carry out. Though the provision of these services are essential to the well-being and health of the individual with a disability, they can typically be performed by a lay person who has received appropriate training.
Who Utilizes Attendant Care?
People who need attendant care are a heterogeneous group. They range in age from infants to senior citizens. Their disabilities range from respirator dependent quadriplegics to ambulatory individuals with multiple sclerosis. Their common characteristics are that each has a permanent or temporary disability that prevents them from independently accomplishing their needed activities of daily living in their home environment.
Many individuals with spinal cord disabilities require attendant care in order for them to prepare to go to work each day.
Why Utilize Attendant Care?
Attendant care is a COST EFFECTIVE way for people with disabilities to receive needed assistance to accomplish daily living tasks that allow them to live independently in the community. The provision of care often prevents institutionalization of individuals who are then able to fulfill functional roles in society. Attendant Care also reduces the physical, emotional and financial drain on family members of the individual with a disability, often preventing injury, dissolution of the family unit and allowing parents and/or spouse to return to work (decreasing need for public assistance).
Goal: KEEP PEOPLE OUT OF NURSING HOMES as homecare usually the best!
You can type the words "Attendant Care" plus what state you live in to find out phone # for local services. OR look in Blue pages of phone book under "older adults/Senior citizens for Office of aging program.
Web site for good info:
State by state locator for Senior services:
Eldercare Locator - (800) 677-1116 - to find local services for older Americans