Why is it that a stranger can get paid for caring for your parent, but you cannot? Tell your legislators it is time to pay family members who give up paid work to care for a family member or who undertake the full time care of a frail elderly family member. Tell your legislators to make it happen – that’s their job. Meanwhile, here are a few ways you can help yourself get some relief from the financial burden of eldercare at home.
If the parent, spouse, or other person you’re caring for is eligible for Medicaid, its Cash and Counseling program, available in some states, can provide direct payments that could go to you. A few other states have similar programs for low-income seniors, even if the person receiving care doesn’t quite qualify for Medicaid.
Also, if the person you’re caring for has long-term care insurance that includes in-home care coverage, in some cases those benefits can be used to pay you.
Become a certified Personal Care Aide (CPCA) and improve your chances of getting paid by private insurance or the government for your time and efforts. Only CertifiedCare.org can issue Personal Care Aide Certification™.
In any event, if the person you’re caring for will be paying you from any source, it is a good idea to draft a short written contract, signed by both of you, setting out the terms of your scope of work and payment terms.
Remember, in order to provide both caring and informed care for your elderly loved one you must learn how to provide eldercare. Caring for an elder is NOT like caring for a child. Do not set yourself up to charges for elder abuse do to your own ignorance- it is no excuse.