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What States Pay Family Caregivers?

March 22, 2021

What States Pay Family Caregivers?

Your elderly father has been living alone at home for the past year, ever since your mom passed away. He’s in reasonably good health; but you’ve noticed that at age 73, he’s not getting around as easily as he once did. When you’re at his home, you’ve noticed some laundry piled up. And you suspect he’s having a difficult time remembering when to take his blood pressure medicine. Your father doesn’t talk as much as he used to. You get over to his house as much as you can; but you’re working too many hours a week as it is. And you’ve got kids of your own to take care of. Sound familiar? You’re not alone. And the states are stepping up to help.

At-Home Care May Be an Option

You know that your elderly father could use some help at home. A nursing home or assisted living is out of the question; and you don’t have room for him to move in with you. You also know he wouldn’t want to accept help from a stranger. And you’re not to keen on the idea of someone else being in his home either. But taking off from work to take care of your father; isn’t an option for you financially, and there aren’t enough hours in the day for you to do both. The good news is, there is a way for you to get paid to take care of your elderly father.

States That Pay Family Caregivers

The good news is that all 50 states have some form of program which allows family members to become paid caregivers for their elderly loved ones. Administered as part of Medicaid, the program is known nationally as “Cash and Counseling.” This type of program may also be called “consumer directed care,” or “self-directed services” because it allows the person receiving care to choose, in many cases, their own caregiver. Information on state Medicaid programs featuring consumer directed care can be found online. In addition to Medicaid-funded programs, state-level and private programs are sometimes combined with the Medicaid program. For instance, in Illinois the Community Care Program allows both Medicaid and non-Medicaid participants to receive care at no charge to them. More Illinois-specific information can be accessed through the Illinois Department of Aging.

The Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) has a state-by-state resource locator that may be useful in finding out what programs are available to become a paid family caregiver in your state.

How to Access Home Care for Your Elderly Loved One

The process for qualifying for at-home senior care is fairly straightforward. A home care agency can walk you through the steps needed to qualify your elderly family member for in-home services, as well as provide the necessary training for you to become a paid caregiver. The requirements for training vary by state, and can change frequently, so you’ll want to work with a home care agency that provides the training for you, as they will know what the requirements are in your area.

Becoming a Paid Caregiver for Your Elderly Parent

After training is complete and your parent has qualified for services, you’ll receive a plan of care that shows what services are covered and how many hours per week will be paid. Some of the categories of care that may be covered include personal care such as bathing and dressing assistance, light housekeeping and laundry services, and medication reminders and management, so you won’t have to worry that your elderly parent is taking the wrong medications anymore.

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