21/02/2024
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For Aida Beltr, working remotely during the pandemic has been a relief.

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Working from home for a rental property company, she could pull it off. Indeed, like most family caregivers during the early days of COVID-19, she has had to manage. Community programs for seniors had been closed.

Even when Beltr transitioned into a hybrid work role, which meant some days in the office, some days at home, caring for her father was manageable, though never easy.

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Aida Beltr (clockwise from front left) and her four children Guillermo Richard, Gabriel Almonte, Anthony Almonte and Paola Prez surround her father, Eugenio, in April.  Beltr had helped care for her father, who had suffered a series of strokes, while working remotely during the pandemic.  When she was ordered back to the office full-time last year, she couldn't leave her father alone for long, so she quit her job.

Then she was ordered back to the office full-time in 2022. At that point, Medicaid covered 17 hours of home care a week, up from five. But she wasn’t close enough. Beltr, now 61, was always in a rush, always worried. There was no way he could leave his father alone for that long.

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