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    PACE Program: In-Home Care for Seniors

    Is anyone familiar with this program? I need to delve into it more, but it seems like possibly a good interim measure between living at home independently, or with help from family, and nursing home care.

    https://dailycaring.com/medicare-pay...a987-123241309

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosarugosa View Post
    Is anyone familiar with this program? I need to delve into it more, but it seems like possibly a good interim measure between living at home independently, or with help from family, and nursing home care.

    https://dailycaring.com/medicare-pay...a987-123241309
    I know nothing about this program, but I will bet Teacher Terri knows some basics about it.

    Speaking of this, I’ve often wondered about the government program that pays family members to care for disabled people. I wonder if Terri could talk about that? There is some sort of in-home care work where the worker qualifies for a salary.
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    I believe all these programs are state determined and probably regionally available. I think this link will help: https://www.npaonline.org/pace-you/p...r-neighborhood

    And here is a little more info on family members being paid (note again state determined program): https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/fina...caregiver.html

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    I actually know nothing about these programs.

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    My second cousin participated in a program where she was paid to care for her autistic brother but she is in another state. She became a benefitted employee of some type of agency.

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    I'm not looking to become a paid employee. I'm interested in the idea of Medicare providing paid employees to supplement our efforts in caring for Mom in her own home.

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    The PACE program was the only one I could find doing online research. The average premium for a Medicare recipient is $4,700 for the PACE program. So I guess it is like an inhome assisted living program. Very limited in areas covered and the program can vary greatly among areas. Best thing to do is research, perhaps with a social worker or specialist in your state, what might be available. I suspect very little for those on Medicare.

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    A big-city friend with MS has been assigned a series of home health-care aides. One became pregnant, and according to my friend, had increased difficulty with lifts as the fetus grew. This aide was replaced with a new one, who was basically a beginner, and before she became fully proficient with procedures, the second aide quit. Now my friend is getting accustomed to a third aide.

    I believe the consumer needs to be assertive with the provider to obtain a competent aide, and I understand there is a "labor shortage" making it more of a challenge for providers to recruit and retain competent people.

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    I'm going to be checking into it for my DH. I'm starting to look at applying for Medicaid and PACE would be an option for some in-home care. Our local program has day programs, too, I believe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dado potato View Post
    A big-city friend with MS has been assigned a series of home health-care aides. One became pregnant, and according to my friend, had increased difficulty with lifts as the fetus grew. This aide was replaced with a new one, who was basically a beginner, and before she became fully proficient with procedures, the second aide quit. Now my friend is getting accustomed to a third aide.

    I believe the consumer needs to be assertive with the provider to obtain a competent aide, and I understand there is a "labor shortage" making it more of a challenge for providers to recruit and retain competent people.
    You can be as assertive as you like, but let’s just say it is difficult to get employees into these situations so all of the advocating in the world may not help. It is not “labor shortage” it is in fact a real labor shortage. No need to put it in quotes.

    It is not work I would do. I’ll clean someone’s toilets, clean their kitchens, do their yard work. I’d for sure do their gardening work! but I’m not taking care of the sick and the elderly. Especially when they’re cranky and don’t want you there anyway which is true about 30% of the time.

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