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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


I need some help. My 78 year old mom has dementia and is currently living alone in New Jersey. I work at school and was wondering if she moved with me in Orlando, will Medicare pay for someone to watch her from 8-3 while I work?


Shared by: Char

I don't think Medicare pays for anything in-home unless it is a medical necessity. They have agencies that provide watch-care, but they cost a lot. The caregivers, however, receive minimal compensation so it's usually better to hire someone yourself. I've found that the best way to find a home helper is through personal and church contacts. If you have meals-on-wheels nearby, they are a source of once a day contact. Good luck.

Shared by: Roxanna
Champaign, IL

NO, You must private pay or your state Medicaid program can help. Con tact your local Area Agency on Aging for more assistance.

Shared by: Patty
New York

Straight medicare will cover her medical expenses in Florida. (Part A.) It will also HELP cover (note the word Help, about 80%) for home health care. You can call 1-800-633-4227 also.


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