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How can I help my uncle find affordable assisted living?

My uncle is 85 and recently went through a medical emergency. We are realizing it is time for him to move somewhere where he will have help. We cannot take him in because I run a daycare out of my home. He really needs an Assisted Living situation but all of the places we look at are out of his price range. Are there programs for low to moderate income people? He needs some assistance with showering, getting to appointments, housekeeping, laundry, and meals. He is not forgetful and is very alert and bright but he is having trouble with walking (using a cane). Where do we start? Do we just call places to see what they can do for him? I am afraid he makes too much money for assistance but not enough to pay for anything. He has no money in the bank, lives month to month and owns no property or vehicle.
Status: Open    Jun 22, 2015 - 07:57 PM

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Jul 14, 2015 - 02:15 PM

Your uncle is very lucky to have you as his advocate.

Without knowing the specifics of your uncle's finances it is hard to understand exactly what programs he may qualify for. I would encourage you to contact your local Area Agency on Aging which can be found by clicking on this link: http://www.n4a.org/ You can search by city and state. They are often very knowledgable about local resources and programs that may be able to assist you.

If he is a veteran he too may be eligible for veteran's benefits. This has some basic information on the veteran's benefit that can help offset the costs of assisted living: http://www.benefits.va.gov/pension/aid_attendance_housebound.asp
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