I need financial help with plumbing bills; is there anyway to get help?

A fellow caregiver asked...

I am a senior citizen on disability income. My home plumbing is constantly causing problems and I can no longer afford the plumbing bills. Is there any assistance for seniors in these situations? I am at my wit's end and am financially exhausted! Please help.

Expert Answer

As Founder and Director of Circles of Care, Ann Cason provides caregiving, consulting, and training services to individuals and public and private organizations involved in eldercare. She is the author of Circles of Care: How to Set Up Quality Home Care for Our Elders.

I am sorry that you are having this trouble.  There may not be any government program to assist you, but you can go to www.benefitscheckup.org and check on their comprehensive data base to see if there is any thing for you.  It will take you 20 or 30 minutes to go through this site, but you have to do it because you are the one with the information.

Your best chance for help may be  to work at the local level .  Can you go in person to tell another the trouble you are having.   Ask for help!

There may be local groups or non profit organizations to help in special ways.  Start with the area agency on aging.   I would call them, tell them your situation and then ask who you could speak with.

Also, I would call your nearest senior center and ask for people or organizations to help.  It seems as if the plumber should stand behind his work so that you don't have to pay over and over.   I can only guess at this, since I don't have all of the information.  

Also, your church may have groups that serve elders.   If you are a member of a church, don't be shy about asking for help.

I can hear your frustration in the way you write.   Somehow, I feel that your need and your clarity, if expressed in person, will bring some help to get this problem resolved.