Charles from California

At 83, I am sure I am not the first person to consider their caretaker role is the toughest job they have ever had. Professional caregivers (P.C) have 8 hour shifts, 5 days. The role as spouse is 24/7. The P.C doesn’t handle the meds, dispensing as well as keeping supply ordering. Some patients have need for incontinence supplies, assistance with activities of daily living, unable to drive. The needs go on. And then the giver still has their individual needs. For sure it is tough, and not a salary paying job. Here in CA, such 24 hour care in the home can be $18,000 per month as the caretaker must be here when needed so even if the client is sleeping the time clock clicks on. While I am not mercenary about my wife’s care, I do feel "At Home Caregivers” should earn a significant tax break. Their efforts save the insurance companies and government significantly.

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