I've read so much that now I'm kinda confused!! Sometimes it seems like we might be eligible for this program ... and sometimes it doesn't! So, hopefully, someone can help me figure that out! ;D My Dad is 84 years old and served in the Navy WWII. After leaving the service, he ended up working for the VA Hospital (federal government employee) as a Nurse's Aide for 42 years before retiring. Currently, he's receiving a federal retirement annuity and nothing else. Thankfully, he's not chronically ill ... but, he is 84, and can no longer cook his meals (we're afraid of him starting fires!) nor drive for himself. He walks with a cane and we will probably soon need to get him a wheelchair for mobility. His only asset is his home (no savings or CDs) and his monthly annuity is his only income. Either my sister or I would like to start staying home to take care of him full-time, but our incomes not only pay our bills, but help pay his bills as well, so neither of us can afford not to receive some sort of compensation or income coming in. He does not need to receive the "pension" part of this program, as it is less than he is already getting from his retirement. But, I guess my question is: Is the "compensation" part of this program the kind of help we are looking for?? It doesn't seem like his insurance (Medicare + a Blue Cross supplemental) covers this type of caregiver compensation. And, although I've just started my search, I can't find much in the way of government help (ex-civil servant programs) that apply to us, either. We don't mind doing all the paperwork and researching and waiting for approval (or not!), but we're just not sure this is the right program to apply for. Please help??? ???