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Welcome to CareNotes. In this special section we will feature a reader's letter and provide an opportunity for an interactive exchange that will help find some answers and possible solutions to concerns. If you wish to respond to this letter, simple follow the link provided at the end of the letter and add your comments and thoughts to our CareNotes Board.

This Week's Carenote - 03/14/08

I am trying to get information on financial aid for elderly care.  I take care of my grandmother. She has been my dependent for the last 10 years. I was informed by a friend that there are programs that provide financial support for family members taking care of their elderly. My grandmother has been diagnosed with dementia and beginning stages of emphysema.  Can you help me to find the appropriate contact (s)?  I thank you for your time.

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name: Roger
location: Pennsylvania
Email: r.m.blair@verizon.net
Date: 14 Mar 2008

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Dear Care Giver, Knowing as little of your current situation with your Grandma as I do, I might suggest opening a discussion with a tax accountant about the "Dependent Care Tax Credit (DCTC)", (more on the DCTC below.) I would here & now though, absolutely advise you to become involved immediately with a dementia support group in your area if you haven't already done so. This may sound cold as you read it for the first time, but having been where you are myself with my own Mom and with my 92 year old Aunt, believe me when I tell you, you need to know ahead of time that the day will come when you will not be able to provide all the care your Grandma will require with this diagnosis. Arm yourself now with the kind of information you will need to make wise decisions later with respect to your Grandma's quality of life in her golden years. This may be a hugless kind of love, but unpreparedness guilt is extremely painful, far reaching and long lasting, and a burden no one need live with. Just think of this as the "business of caring and loving". Realize your own limitations, learn all you can about the vast financial, legal and medical systems you have yet to encounter, practice good proactive advocacy on behalf of your loved one, and you and your family will be much better able to love and enjoy life with your Grandma in her remaining years. Good luck fellow care giver! My thoughts and prayers are with you. Roger ..."Under current federal tax law, taxpayers cannot always claim the Dependent Care Tax Credit (DCTC) for out-of-pocket care-giving expenses paid on behalf of an elderly relative. The Dependent Care Tax Credit (DCTC) applies only to day care expenses for a child under age thirteen, or for expenses paid on behalf of a spouse or other dependent living in the taxpayer’s home. It does not apply to expenses paid on behalf of an elderly relative who requires temporary or emergency personal care for an illness or needs ongoing medical help on a sporadic basis. Under the Middle Class Opportunity Act of 2007 (S. 614), the DCTC would be expanded to include care-giving expenses paid on behalf of a parent or other elderly relative, even if they do not qualify as a dependent under the residency requirement of current tax code. If the residency requirement is eliminated, the maximum credit available to families making $43,000 or more that are caring for two elderly parents would be $1,200 per year."...  


name: Bob Libby
location: FL.
Email: blibby@libertyreverse.com
Date: 14 Mar 2008

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Does your grandmother live with you, or have her own house? If she owns her own home, and would like to stay there, you could consider a reverse mortgage. These are federally insured loans issued under HUD guidelines. You could contact me for more info, if this is an option for your situation.


name:
location: Ohio
Email:
Date: 14 Mar 2008

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Check with your local Council on Aging, check with the Social Security office... Contact lawyer for guardianship and Durable Power of Attorney over her business and medical needs... Hope this helps..


name: Sandy
location: Maryland
Email: gdsgrl13@aol.com
Date: 14 Mar 2008

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My mother has Alzheimer's and my father (both 83) is her sole caregiver. Dad pays a wonderful woman to come in 2 days a week for a couple of hours. We contacted the Department of Aging in the county that they live in. He has to apply each year but is given a stipend of $500 to help with outside respite care. Every little bit helps. You might also check with your local Hospice if your grandmother's Dr. will say she is Hospice appropriate.


name: Nancy
location: Nashville, TN
Email:
Date: 15 Mar 2008

Comments

Your local Area Agency on Aging should be a good resource for you. You can also go to the Alzheimer's Association website: www.alzheimersassoication.com. They have specific "tabs" for financial information and resources for caregivers. Even if your relative has not specifically been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, they also help with Dementia diagnosis situations also.


name: Jennifer
location: North Carolina
Email: jchilton@keziahgates.com
Date: 16 Mar 2008

Comments

I would also suggest that you see if there is an adult day care program in your area. We have one in our town and fees are based upon a sliding scale. They even have scholarship funds available to help offset the expense of this program. They have a nurse on staff. I'm not sure if you are with her 24/7, but most definitely see if your area has one. This will give you a needed break and also provide stimulation for her. If you are stressed to the max - she will sense it - even if you aren't even aware of your stress. Like was mentioned above - I also can't stress enough the importance of joining a support group - the knowledge you will gain is invaluable and everyone is in different stages with their loved ones - so you can also contribute to the meetings by sharing what you have learned. Also go to this link http://www.alzheimersli.org/RedDot/_Events/EducationExpo06.pdf and on page 2 there is an Word document - Understanding Behaviors and How to Respond - by Teepa Snow who is with the Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association - even if you don't need this info. now - print it out and make a folder for articles, etc that you can refer to later - she is an excellent educator - I learned more in the 2 hours that I listened to her than I had learned in several years of reading, etc.


Name: Francina Anderson
Location: Baltimore Maryland
Email: gdlvsuall @yahoo.com
Date: 08/27/2008
Time: 01:00 PM

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My mother was also diagnosed with Dementia & I was also interested in where to go for help to try to care for her at home. What type of financial funds are out there for this type of assistance? My number at home is 410-485-3226 & my name is Francina Anderson.


Name: Francina Anderson
Location: Baltimore Maryland
Email: gdlvsuall @yahoo.com
Date: 08/27/2008
Time: 01:00 PM

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My mother was also diagnosed with Dementia & I was also interested in where to go for help to try to care for her at home. What type of financial funds are out there for this type of assistance? My number at home is 410-485-3226 & my name is Francina Anderson.


Name: Francina Anderson
Location: Baltimore Maryland
Email: gdlvsuall @yahoo.com
Date: 08/27/2008
Time: 01:00 PM

Comments

My mother was also diagnosed with Dementia & I was also interested in where to go for help to try to care for her at home. What type of financial funds are out there for this type of assistance? My number at home is 410-485-3226 & my name is Francina Anderson.


Name: Francina Anderson
Location: Baltimore Maryland
Email: gdlvsuall @yahoo.com
Date: 08/27/2008
Time: 01:01 PM

Comments

My mother was also diagnosed with Dementia & I was also interested in where to go for help to try to care for her at home. What type of financial funds are out there for this type of assistance? My number at home is 410-485-3226 & my name is Francina Anderson.


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Location: Canada
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Date: 09/01/2008
Time: 11:31 AM

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