Question: I help a friend of mine who has Parkinson's disease. He needs someone to possibly live in and help with his home and medications as well as supervise his 13 year old daughter when she visits. I am writing you because I looked at several Parkinson's sites but you are the first I could actually talk to. He would need someone who could be compensated by Medicare/Medicaide. Any resource information will be appreciated. Thank you.
Dr. Amy: There are a variety of services that may help you take care of your friend. These include adult day care, attendant care services, transportation services, and more. Services vary from county to county and programs are income tested. You can call the Adult Services Unit of your county department of social services to find out more. They will take down all of your friend’s information and coordinate services he may be eligible for. If your friend is not eligible for Medicaid, there may be resources in the community provided by locally based service organizations. The Parkinson Association of the Carolinas has some helpful information on their web site: http://www.parkinsonassociation.org/referrals.cfm#HHC. Of course providers like Home Instead Senior Care can provide excellent in home caregiving for a fee. You can call your local Home Instead office for more information and rates.
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