Dec 22, 2015 - 01:32 PM
While you do not have an obligation to care for your father in his old age, kudos to you for doing so. It is not uncommon for everyone who shares a living space to contribute to expenses. You and your father may consider discussing your situation with an elder law attorney who could draft a family care contract enabling you to get paid for things you help your father with, like laundry, grocery shopping, rides to the doctor, etc. This money could help to pay the expenses, or to supplement your income. If your father is a Veteran, this care contract could lead to his eligibility for certain benefits. Again, an elder law attorney in your area could discuss any additional planning options with you and your father.