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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 - 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?


Caregivers Reply

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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