Financial Assistance for Caregivers

Biggest Challenge: Financial Assistance for Caregivers

--Edwin 

Response from DM:

Dear Edwin,

We are all facing financially difficult times that can be felt worldwide, nationally, and locally. Those who seem to be impacted most severely are the poor, the disabled, and the elderly. Medicaid-funded services for the elderly, such as Home Health Care Agencies, are being financially cut back in both federal and state budgets. These budgetary changes have meant a significant drop in reimbursement and revenue.

In order to meet this financial responsibility, it is up to each individual and family to protect their elderly and those that need care as best they can. It may be time to return to old-fashioned values, where families and communities take care of their own. Families need to step in and take a more active role in caregiving for those who need assistance.

In addition, we each need to take care of our own health to lessen long-term ramifications. We need to take on healthy habits and eliminate unhealthy habits such as smoking, drinking in excess, and over-eating, which can all lead to serious medical problems. 

Many social workers and hospital discharge planners have information regarding available community services. The Area on Aging or any Department of Aging office can also give guidance on local assistance. It’s important to do the necessary research to find whatever limited funds and resources are available. This work can be arduous, but it is well worth the time and effort to get your needs meet. Also, use your political vote to help your representatives understand that our vulnerable and elderly need to be protected.

Sincerely,

Dr. Marion 

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