Free parking for caregiver?

Rent it Right

Q: My elderly mother needs a caregiver twice a day to help her with dressing, bathing and food preparation, because her ability to walk is severely curtailed. Mother lives in an apartment complex that allocates one parking spot to each resident (mother has kept her car and parks it there so that her visiting children can use it to take her to doctor appointments).

The caregiver has to park on the street, sometimes more than a block away, which means that she bills my mother for the extra time it takes her to get to and from mother’s unit.

Mother asked for an extra space, which is available, but management requires her to pay for it. As a person with a disability, isn’t she entitled to a free parking space for the person whom she relies on for help with daily living activities? –Kelly P.