Caring for a family member can be greatly rewarding, but it can have many challenges. Aging and Long Term Care has a program to help unpaid caregivers for a family member or people needing help who have no family caregivers so they can stay in their home if they choose. The focus is on supporting the caregiver. Services include individual counseling or support groups, training, or respite if you need a break, even massage therapy. Supplies and medical equipment necessary to assist with care giving, including a wheelchair ramp, can be purchased. The benefit under Tailored Support for Older Adults (TSOA) is fixed at $550 per month, not to exceed $3,300 in a six-month period.
To qualify, the person receiving help must need assistance with daily activities, such as bathing, walking, medications, transportation, housekeeping, errands, etc. Eligibility also depends on income and assets. The gross income limit must be at or below $2,250 per month, for both single and married people. If you are married, your spouse’s income is not counted. The limit for resources (assets, property, savings) are $53,100 for a single person and $108, 647 for a married couple. There is no “estate recovery” for homeowners. Estate recovery is a lien attached to property to pay the state back for the cost of care. Concern about estate recovery keeps many people from seeking assistance.
Call 509 960 7281 to see what options for care are right for your situation and to help facilitate family conversations.
There are forms for these services available at the North County Food Pantry to check out the criteria and also to see what info is required to apply. Stop by on Monday and talk with Bon. The Pantry is located at 40015A N. Collins Road in Elk.