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My mother is on dialysis. She has limited income and resources. How can I find local programs to help me take care of her?

 

Question:  My mother is on dialysis. She lives with my brother and is not happy. I work nine hours a day. What programs are available for a person with limited income and resources? She is on Medicare and Medicaid. I need a program that can be with her during the day, while I work, and transport her to her dialysis three times a week. I live in Beaumont, Texas.

Dr. Amy:  There are a variety of services in Texas that may help you take care of your mother. These include adult day care, attendant care services, transportation services, and more. Services vary from county to county. Programs are income tested. Intake is coordinated by the Health and Human Services Commission. Call 903.677.9234 and they will direct you to programs in your area. If you ask for intake, your mother will be assigned a case worker who will take down all of your mother's information and coordinate services she may be eligible for. I found the Health and Human Services Commission web site helpful: www.hhsc.state.tx.us.  Another good resource is the Eldercare Locator, a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging: www.eldercare.gov. You can also call 2-1-1. This is an information line across the United States (and many places in Canada, too) that can direct you to appropriate programs in your area. Good luck in your caregiving journey.

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