Alzheimer's Disease...cost of medication

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Date Joined Mar 2003
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   Posted 3/29/2003 3:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Greetings from Lubbock,Texas.  This is my first post and I really don't know where to start.  My Mother is in the first stage of Alzheimer's disease.  My Dad is her primary caregiver and he recently had to put her in a locked facility because of her aggression, hostility, and the  fact that she has started wondering away from their home.  The cost is really more than he can afford and then yesterday he got a bill for $900.00 (fifteen days of medicine).  There is no way he can afford this expense.  How do you cope with the expense????  He is not a wealthy man and worries that he won't be able to handle the expense.  He is 75 and my Mom is 74.  He is not in good health, having had two heart bypass surgeries and a pacemaker.  I would appreciate any suggestions  that any of you might have. 

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Date Joined Apr 2003
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   Posted 4/13/2003 3:16 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi from Texas.
Does your Dad own his own home? If so they would expect him to sell it to give the money to the nursing home.
Also your MOM should be getting SS.
If so then they usually take all but $50.00.
Meds should be covered by medicare/medicaid.
Does he or she have a social worjer? If not call human services or even a lawyer if you muct to get all of this fixed. No was should he be paying that. I hope somone else also answers this. I can only go by what they did with my MIL. She didn't own anything, but my SIL surely was capable of paying the nursing home bill.  But she didn't have to pay a dime for care or meds. Please look into this as soon as possible. I wouldn't go too much by the hospital social worker if you have seen her already and this is the result. If not then give her a try.
Jope this is a lead in the right direction and please let me know.

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Date Joined Apr 2003
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   Posted 7/13/2003 7:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, we live in Canada and my father-in-law who shared our home has Alzheimer's. He also happens to be a veteran and all his medication, extra home-care support, wheel-chairs, etc. are all covered by the vets affairs. Were lucky, because the pills for Alzheimer's alone cost about 5$ a day, and they help him a lot.

Unfortuneately, the stress of looking after him has takin a toll on the family. My kids are afraid of him sometimes, as he is starting to become demanding and aggressive.

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Date Joined Sep 2003
Total Posts : 34
   Posted 9/23/2003 2:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Sassy,sounds like he needs a medication change........oops,I meant Jeannie.


Last Edited : 9/23/2003 4:45:10 PM GMT

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