Proposed tax credit aims to help unpaid family caregivers

MomsEveryday

It’s one of the most taxing jobs, that you don’t get paid for--caring for an ailing loved one. It’s time consuming and can be very expensive. And US Senators on both sides of the aisle are coming together to help with that cost.

That’s great news to Gina Giovanoni and her dad Joe. They’ve taken on full time jobs—at home. “It’s 24/7,” Gina said.

“You don’t know what it’s going to be,” said Joe. “Sunday and Monday were great days, today was very bad.”

Their adored mother and wife Joyce ran their house for five decades, but for the last five years has needed constant supervision.

“I’m 78, so it’s getting to be stressful,” Joe said.

After Joyce was diagnosed with dementia, they had a family meeting, and decided against moving Joyce into a nursing home.

“I just didn’t want that for my mom,” Gina explained

“I think she’s more comfortable at home,” Joe said

But that promise has proven to be taxing. She needs medicine every four hours.

“I didn’t realize the amount of what I was getting into,” Gina admits. “The constant monitoring, bathing, cooking and cleaning.”

Not to mention taking care of the finances. It’s an exhaustive task. Joe and Gina are just two of the nearly 40 million unpaid caregivers in the U.S. right now.

“You can’t get away from this, it’s reality,” Gina said.

Both the Senate and House have introduced bipartisan bills that would provide up to a $3,000 tax credit to caregivers for their expenses. Gina says the credit would be a start but it’s not enough. She hopes insurance will cover more assistance so she can focus on the more important things in the little time she has left with her mom.

“I pray for a good day where we can interact and talk,” Gina said. “She’s not gonna be with us too much longer, it’s a given. I always tell her every day that I love her.”