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Is your uncle competent as far as discussing payment terms with you? How many hours per week would you say you spend taking care of him?
He in not competent to discuss payment terms with me at this point. I would say on average I spend at least 2-5 hours weekly on his work. Sometimes more, sometimes less.
Thank you. The payment terms are going to be up to you if they are not provided for in the POA. Generally, the amount a care giver would receive in a situation like yours would be based on the going rate for an unlicensed care giver that performed the same typr of work in a local facility (like a nursing home, etc.). A rough estimate would be between $20-$30 per hour plus any other costs and fees your incur (mileage, food, etc.). Also, I am not sure if you are aware of this but there is a Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP) that was enacted in 2000 by the federal government. This program allows family members that care for their loved ones to be compensated by the government, at least short term. There is nothing that says that you cannot be compensated by both your uncle and the government. Here are the contacts for the NY program:
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Thank you. Regarding the FCSP; he is currently living in an assistated living facility, probably going into nursing home soon; I am not physically caring for him, but most definitely taking care of all of his affairs, would I still qualify for governmental payment?
Thank you for the clarification. No, the payment is only if you are caring for your loved one in your home. But you would still be able to pay yourself from your uncle's funds as directed under the POA.
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