I'm taking care of Norma, a 73 year old widow with mobility issues.
Her 96 year old mother is in rehab in another city (two hour drive). The woman I'm taking care of has 2 sisters and a brother, they live in the same town as the woman I'm caring for. One of the sisters is taking care of the mother, but she can no longer continue to take care of her. The sister and mother each own a 1/2 interest in the house. We are having lawyers trying to stop Medicaid from taking the house. This means taking frequent trips to deal with the mother, brother and sisters. This results in frequent trips to the mother's city about 2 hours away, I end up paying for the trips.
The brother's car broke down recently and I ended up paying 3k for the repairs. The woman I take care of has a son and daughter living about 50 miles from me. We seldom hear from them. Norma is paying $700 a month to help with her son’s house payment. She is also giving her $400 a month to clean her mother/sister’s house.
Norma has a small pension and social security. When she runs out of money, I end up supporting her. I own the house we live in outright, it is small in a rural area and I have little or no help.