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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
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
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.