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This Week's Carenote - 5/20/14
I am caregiving for my husband who has
had multiple strokes. His weight is 385 to 400
pounds. He has mobility issues. It is getting
too much for me to handle. I need to find help.
He has only Medicare. What can I do?
Shared by: Greta
It varies from state to state,
but depending on your spouse's age and income level,
he might be eligible for a Medicaid Waiver program.
Waiver programs are usually based only on the client's
income. In Arkansas, we have Alternatives for Adults
with Physical Disabilities for those younger and then
Elder Choices for those older. These programs provide
aide hours and other benefits. Depending on his physical
state and life expectancy, he might also be eligible
for hospice care which brings in a whole range of
services. Talking to a Durable Medical Equipment company
could also help, as they might have assistive devices to
make caregiving easier, such as hoyer lifts. Hoping that
you can find something to help you in your caregiving role.
Bless you for the selfless role you are taking.
Shared by: Eileen Beal
You must find a way to
get a lift!
Call your local Area Agency on Aging
(specifically, the Family Caregiver Support
Program director), Diabetes Association,
GoodWill and/or Purple Heart, and other
service/disease-specific agencies to help
you locate a used one.
In addition, contact the Obesity Society of
America...they may have info on where you
can locate a lift and other resources.
Hope this info helps....EB
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