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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 - 04/17/12

I live in California and I am a cancer (leukemia) survivor with limited mobility.  I need help with my personal needs, transportation and other things which my mom provides for me each and every day. Can she get some sort of financial aid/assistance for caring for me and if so, from where?
 
David

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Name: Deborah Gregson
Location: Gethsemane, North Carolina
Date: 04/18/2012
Time: 01:11 PM

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In addition to possibly qualifying for MediCal, you should look up your County services. Find their Community Resources for Independence, a program that offers services to help people with medical problems continue to live at home. They can talk with you about your situation and tell you which programs you may qualify for, and assist you in filing paperwork. You could also dial 211 where you could get referrals to programs and services in your area. Programs are based on your age, location, insurance coverage, financial status, and reason for disability. IHSS services through MediCal have been seriously cut in the last few years because of budget problems in CA. You may also want to contact local church groups who sometimes have community companion and transportation programs for situations like yours.


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Date: 04/18/2012
Time: 07:24 AM

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Have you tried Social Services? Depending on your income and resources, you may be eligible for Medicaid that would pay for personal care servcies.


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Date: 04/17/2012
Time: 09:29 AM

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If you qualify for Medicaid, there is a program called IHSS-In home support services. It will pay a small amount for some of the care provided. It can also pay a hired caregiver, which is often a better deal because it gives your family member a break. Also check the American Cancer Society etc.


 







 

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