For Family Caregivers
You’re drowning. You’re working as hard as you can to help your loved one to manage, but you’re finding it’s getting more and more difficult.
Caregivers can begin with the best of intentions. But after just a year and a half, research suggests, caregivers can find that their own lives have disappeared. Overwhelmed by their loved one’s needs, they become lonely, depressed, unable to sleep, and just plain exhausted.
Or perhaps you’re not yet needed to provide hands-on care, and you help your loved one when you visit, or by phone. Maybe you read their mail, help them pay bills, call their insurance company for them, take them to a doctor, but you’re becoming increasingly worried about them—about their cooking safely, falling at home alone, mixing up their medications.
Whether you’re at the end of your rope, or just looking for a rope to grab hold of, Independence Care System can help.
- Are you caring for someone who has had or may need more than 120 days of in-home personal care, someone who needs help with one or more activities of daily living like eating, bathing, toileting, transferring, shopping, cooking, or dressing?
- Is your loved one on Medicaid or willing to explore Medicaid eligibility? Existing income or savings do not necessarily exclude someone from eligibility for Medicaid. New York State allows some people with disabilities who have assets and/or income above the usual Medicaid limit to be eligible for Medicaid, without spending down assets or income; an ICS Medicaid Eligibility Specialist will help.
- Is your loved one on Medicare but not Medicaid? He or she is welcome to apply to join Independence Care System, as long as they are willing to apply for Medicaid; our members who are on Medicare must be on Medicaid, too.
- Is your loved one living in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan or Queens?
- Is your loved one able to return to—or remain in—the community, without risk to health or safety?