Local Woman Honored for Caregiving
Published July 27th, 2013
One woman in Gainesville is being honored by the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys as the North Central Florida Caregiver of the Year for her devotion to her family.
Pam Franklin lost her mother to Alzheimer's disease last year and held her hand the whole way.
Not only did Franklin take care of her own mother but she also cared for her mother and father-in-law.
The State Legislature attempted to pass legislation that would allow family members to minimum wage from their family members while assisted living and home care nurses could make their industry wage of $20-30 an hour.
This was not passed this session but is likely to be proposed in the future.
The best advice for potential caregivers is to plan ahead.
For Franklin, having that time with her mother in the later stages of her life was worth the price.
Boone said since there are very few government assistant programs for the elderly available, he would recommend investing in long-term care insurance, just to be safe.
Lauren Lettelier, TV20 News
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