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What at home daily assistance will Medicare pay for?

My folks are 90 and at home. He has Alzheimer's, she is visually impaired. They are home bound. They have a housekeeper mornings 4 days a week. He needs help with bathing, personal care. May soon need help at night. She needs help with meal prep, help caring for him.
Their pension puts them just a bit too high for MediCal.
What resources are available for them? How do we find out?
Status: Open    Nov 30, 2015 - 08:17 AM


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Dec 01, 2015 - 09:02 AM

VA Aid & Attendance pension might be an option for financial assistance if either parent is a veteran.


Jul 13, 2016 - 11:35 AM

Medicare typically does not cover any sort of Home Health Aide services. Medicaid can pay for these services, but the recipients must first meet the qualification requirements. Also, Medicaid has a 5 year look-back requirement which means they must have met the qualifications for the last 5 years before they could receive any benefits. Your local Council On Aging offices may have programs that they could take advantage of, but these vary greatly from state to state, you you'll have to inquire to determine if anything is available. Also, if there was previous military duty by either person, the VA Aid And Attendance program might be an option. You can learn more about this benefit with an online search. Good luck with your efforts!
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