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This Week's Carenote - 04/09/13

 

I had to stop working several years ago to take care of my wife. I have to be here 24/7. We are living off of my wife's check and we can pay the basic bills, but there are some things we need and can't afford. My wife needs major dental work and we both need new glasses. Is there anyone that could help?

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Name: Dede Kidwell
Location: Morehead KY
Date: 04/15/2013
Time: 09:31 AM

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The Twighlight Wish Foundation can help with the things you need.


Name: Felix
Location: Florida
Date: 04/14/2013
Time: 11:12 PM

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As to the glasses. If the Lion's can't help for some reason here's another avenue. If you are elegibile for AARP being a member includes EyeMed. The rates for glasses are on the cheaper side. Also try calling 211 in your local area. They can connect you to local charities that may be able to help you.


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Date: 04/14/2013
Time: 01:13 PM

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I don't know where you live, but I live in Morgan County, Indiana and our Power Company, REMC, has a program called ROUNDUP. The board for this progam only meets about 3 or 4 times a year, but they have helped us out twice in the last 14 years. After qualifying by application, they put in a concrete slab for me to park on to unload my mother and just this last month they paid for a desperately needed new wheelchair that Medicare would not. CHECK WITH YOUR LOCAL GAS, POWER OR OTHER UTILITY COMPANIES and see if they have such a program. These programs sometime exist but people are unaware of them. I had to quit my job 14 1/2 years ago to take care of my mother. (Stroke- lost use of her right side and 90% speech). Mom is now 91. I too have been a 24X7 caregiver for these last 14 years and it's been over a year since I have had even one day off again. It took me years before I finally realize that I HAD to just take one day at a time or I would get the "woe is me" syndrome and I didn't want it to over-ride my love for my mother. This is not what I thought my life would be, but it is. Best to the both of you & I hope you find the help you need...physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.


Name: Jo
Location: CT
Date: 04/14/2013
Time: 07:35 AM

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Depending upon your wife's disability, there are grants available through the Agency on Aging. Some are for respite care, but other are small cash grants that can be used for medical, equipment, etc. Additionally, the Lions Club used to provide eyeware for people in need. You might check with a local or state chapter to inquire. Best of luck.


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Date: 04/14/2013
Time: 05:50 AM

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you could check with he dentist...sometimes they have programs and will do the work for nothing


Name: Sonia
Location: Arkansas
Date: 04/14/2013
Time: 05:39 AM

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Check with Area on Ageing in your area. I live in Arkansas. My Dad has Alhzeimers, but still at home. There is a program in our area called Total Life. My Mom & Dad have depleated Savings and only SS checks to live on. This program accepted my Dad for care. They take care of all his needs (meds, equipment, all Dr appointments are paid for, they also have caregiver support) Make calls, ask people, help is out there. Don't give up. Take care of yourself TOO.


Name: jscottotr
Location: Columbia, MD
Date: 04/10/2013
Time: 09:33 AM

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If your wife needs dental work and their is a dental school nearby they often offer dental clinics for those who can't afford private office visits. Dental schools are usually affiliated with medical schools. If you have difficulty finding one in your area contact your state's dental society, or the American Dental Association. The Lion's Club offers a variety of services - check to see if they have a list of optometrists who offer free or discounted eye exams and glasses. You can also check with the American Optometric Association. Good luck!


Name: Stephanie
Location: Harleysville PA
Date: 04/09/2013
Time: 10:13 PM

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Contact local Aging and Adult Services, they can link you to resources for Dentists for low cost or free services. Hope this information helps. Bless you for being a caregiver and honoring your vows.


Name: Tammy
Location: Arguijo
Date: 04/09/2013
Time: 07:10 AM

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I had to stop working to take care of mom and dad. My husband had a heart attack and I had two daughters. We are so in dept I see no solution but lottery! I have a small house in need of several repairs beyond duct tape repairs. We would be in the ghetto without it. Medical billing/insurance HAS to be fixed! We need all the help we can get!


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Date: 04/09/2013
Time: 06:49 AM

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Check with the Area Agency on Agency that covers the county you live in. You can locate that information on the internet.


Name: tj
Location: wv
Date: 04/09/2013
Time: 05:50 AM

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Dental schools are a good way to get reduced cost dental care. The Lions club can help pay for glasses. You can contact your local health department, some health departments offer dental services and low cost and the health dept. may know of other resources you could benefit from. Good luck, I commend you for taking care of your wife. As a caregiver it is a sometimes thankless job and many times income is cut so we can care for our loved ones. You must first take care of yourself in order to care for your wife.


 







 

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