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This Week's Carenote - 01/22/13

Right now, I am caregiving for my dad 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. He has dementia and just recently broke three ribs.  He was at a rehab facility, but they were not giving the care that he needed and it ended up that I was actually doing the caregiving instead of them.   After two weeks, my family decided that it was best to bring him home. Why pay them if I was doing all the work?
 
So, I am up literally every two hours during the night to catheterize him, change brief or do whatever is needed. During the day, I dispense his meds, catheterize as needed, change brief, do bed baths, help with dressing and oral care, continue therapy with him when therapist isnít here, and oh so very much more. I have had to put my "life" on hold to be able to care for my father. So, due to this, I have no income for myself. This is making us literally live paycheck to paycheck,  which is very slim. Is there some way I could get some pay for what I do?
 
 
Betty in Smyrna,  TN

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