I have been a full time 24/7/365 caregiver for my Mom for well over 7 years. I left my 25 yr. career to care for her, and never looked back. She suffered a significant stroke at the age of 80, and of course our lives changed in an instant. I love both answers that have been posted so far. However, if you are in a position where you cannot break away to take classes, you might seek out help from the hospital. They have the professional Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapists that are familiar with your Mom's condition, and what her current care requirements are, as well as what she may require in the future. They can give you some "O.J.T." on how to help your Mom, and it doesn't get any better than that. That is what they did with me, and to this day, 7+ years later, the training has been invalueable. Without it, we would never have been able to manage living at home, and I am so grateful each and every day for what they taught me. There is so much that is involved, and what each person requires is different. It can become overwhelming very quickly. While I have no degree or diploma, I have extensive experience in dealing with all aspects of caring for a stroke patient, and would also be more than happy to help you in any way I can. I also commend you for wanting to take care of your Mom! Please feel free contact me here for my email address, should you wish to communicate further. All the best to both you & your Mom! Robin p.s. As for the financial aspect of it, not knowing your living or family situation, I don't know what advice I could offer. If you are not living together, I would suggest taking steps to make that happen. If you are living together, you can manage to get by on whatever retirement and/or SS income your Mom gets...it is not easy to cut back at first, but you can do it.