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    Rosemary Rainer

    My mother has been living with us since Feb. She has Alzheimers disease.  I am her legal guardian and conservator. Would it be reasonable to charge her living expenses and rent? My mother receives a pension and social security check monthly. If so what would be a reasonable price?

    Hi Rosemary,
    Thanks for your question.  It would be reasonable for your mother to pay rent  and living expenses to live in your home. To make it an easier process, come up with a fixed monthly amount instead of having the amount change month to month based on expenses.  To come up with a reasonable amount, check to see what the average caregiver gets paid in your area, and how much rooms for rent are going for.  It would be wise to come up with a tenancy agreement that you both sign, you could have a lawyer draw this up for you.
    Best of luck to you, if you have further questions or concerns please feel free to voice them here in our forums, search through our blog post offerings, or hire one of our Certified POP Life Coaches to help you through this process.



    I would say yes it is perfectly fine to charge them rent. Everything cost money, not to count everything you are doing for her. Don’t feel guilty either to take the money, you deserve that and more with the responsibility you have on your hands. As well, may I add, if there are any other syblings, don’t let them tell you what to do or not to do. She is under your roof and care, not theirs. Lots of luck !!!


    There are elder care lawyers, they are wonderful.  They have allot of knowledge about these things.  A lawyer would be great to help you put together an agreement.  It would protect you from any problems in the future.

    ;I understand your delema.  I do not work at this time because I spend several days a week taking care of my parents.  I really need to get back to work before my disability makes work impossible.  I feel like I am letting my husband down.

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