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Get Paid to Care for a Loved One in Illinois

September 8, 2022

In eight short years, all baby boomers will be over the age of 65. With this high population of seniors set to grow over the years, this means that senior citizens will outnumber children for the first time in a matter of decades (according to the Census).

A Pew Research study in 2015 claimed that about 40 million Americans provide unpaid care to an older adult. With the senior population rising by the day, that number is only going to increase. Whether a spouse, a child caring for their parent, or even a friend caring for another friend, more and more people will have to take on the title of caregiver for their elderly loved ones.

The privilege of caring for a loved one

Caring for a loved one is an undoubtedly rewarding experience. Many seniors are more comfortable receiving help from a loved one, especially when tasks like personal care come into question. Family and friends can read their elderly loved ones more clearly and more quickly than an outside caregiver would be able to.

Caregiving tasks may come on slowly. You may on occasion start helping with simple chores, like errands or laundry. As time goes by, however, those responsibilities build. It is still a rewarding experience, of course, but it is also an at-times stressful one. Especially when providing unpaid care impedes work and other personal responsibilities.

Get paid to care for a loved one in Illinois

The state of Illinois recognized this issue in its residents. Some need to care for their loved ones, but that can lead to monetary issues. According to the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA), 85% of all long-term care services are provided by unpaid caregivers.

To combat this problem, the IDoA developed its Community Care Program, which helps seniors, who might otherwise need a nursing facility, remain in the comfort of their homes. Through this program, contracted home care agencies provide unpaid caregivers training. This allows them to provide a higher standard of care to their loved ones and be paid while doing it. Caregivers must meet specific qualifications to provide care.

The caregiver must…

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have requisite education or experience
    • high school diploma or GED
    • 1yr comparable experience
  • Have the authorization to work in the United States and reside in Illinois
  • Pass background checks
  • Complete orientation and training

To be eligible for the Community Care program, seniors must…

  • Be 60 years of age or older
  • Hold U.S. and Illinois citizenship
  • Have non-exempt assets of $17,500 or less
  • Be assessed for a need for long-term care

In order to receive care from a family member, both the caregiver and the elderly loved one must apply. While the family member trains to be their caregiver, the senior must request care through this program. Seniors then choose their preferred home care aide, and their family member is paid to care for a loved one in Illinois.

What types of in-home caregiving would I provide?

Family caregivers provide non-medical home care services to seniors. They cannot perform any medical procedures or administer medication. They can, however, assist with activities of daily living (or ADLs). These include:

  • Personal care: may include assistance with bathing, dressing, toileting, and other grooming needs.
  • Medication reminders and management: caregivers develop a set schedule with regular reminders so seniors take the right amount of medication precisely when required
  • Light housekeeping: dusting, mopping, laundry, and other tasks can be difficult for some seniors. Caregivers can help with these chores.
  • Errands: grocery shopping, going to the post office, and other tasks can be difficult for seniors with mobility or driving issues. Caregivers can run errands for seniors
  • Meal preparation: caregivers can take over planning for, cooking, and cleaning up after meals
  • Companionship and brain activities: caregivers can help combat the isolation many seniors face when living alone, as well as provide brain activities to keep their minds active

Work with Home Care Powered by AUAF to become a paid family caregiver

Home Care Powered by AUAF is happy to help caregivers receive the compensation they deserve while caring for a loved one, while simultaneously offering Illinois seniors support. Our training and hiring program provides you with the unparalleled training you require to provide quality care to your loved one.

Caregivers are paid $16 an hour for their diligent, passionate work. Throughout the year, you will undergo further training to strengthen your skills and keep you up to date with the recent protocol. Training can be completed in person or online.

For over 25 years, we have served seniors and their families across the Chicago area. We are proud members of CLESE, the Coalition of Limited English Speaking Elderly, and proudly offer staff fluent in English, Assyrian, Arabic, Spanish, Polish, and Persian. Chicago is a culturally diverse city, and we are proud to represent that through our staff.

To learn more about our services, call us at 773-274-9262 or contact us here.

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