Via Next Avenue:
Like many family caregivers, Jean Seikel Peterson is making sacrifices to keep her mother at home. Three years ago, Peterson quit her job as a teacher to become a full-time caregiver.
Her mother, Elinor Seikel, 98, is blind from macular degeneration and has a host of other medical problems. She needs assistance with everything from bathing and dressing to medication management and walking. In short, she resembles many people who end up in nursing homes.
But Elinor Seikel is able to stay at home thanks both to her daughter’s commitment and to a program offered through the Massachusetts Medicaid program called Caregiver Homes, which compensates families for their caregiving.