Hi All, I had a question regarding medicare options in the US/California. If parents are in India and their child is a US Citizen (has proper citizenship), the child (a grown up) can sponsor their green cards. How long does it take for them to become eligible for medicare (both are above 65 yrs), after they get their green cards? I was googling and I saw there is a late fees for applying for medicare if it is after 65, is that true? Some more details, one of them is bedridden. I came to know after discussion with an acquaintance that the medically sick parent can get physiotherapy treatment using medicare, but charges for a nurse have to be paid out of pocket. Is there no way for that to be covered by medicare or state assistance? Also, assuming that the child is willing to pay out of pocket, is it possible to have a nurse who will stay for say 10 hrs straight at home to assist? The parent needs full day and night assistance - so I am guessing 2 nurses will be needed. Is it possible to find a nurse for the night time in California? What are the options available? I am assuming it is going to be fairly expensive, I just want to make sure I am not assuming things. Providing information or any pointers on where I can look up/ask for details would be very helpful. Thank you.