For in-person assistance with exploring programs and benefits that are available to you and your aging loved one, contact your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA). Each AAA serves seniors, individuals with disabilities and family caregivers in a designated area—usually a city, county or multi-county district.
Do you care for your elderly parents? If so, you could be eligible for Carer’s Allowance. This is a government benefit that supports people who provide unpaid care. Caring for your parents can be very rewarding, but it can also place a strain on your finances.
3 ways of getting paid as a family caregiver
Twelve states ( Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Wisconsin ) allow these state-funded programs to pay any relatives, including spouses, parents of minor children, and other legally responsible relatives.
Medicare (government health insurance for people age 65 and older) does not pay for long-term care services, such as in-home care and adult day services, whether or not such services are provided by a direct care worker or a family member.
Other benefits you might be able to claim
Not every carer can claim this benefit. You may be eligible for Carer’s Allowance if you meet all the following conditions: you look after someone who gets a qualifying disability benefit. you look after that person for at least 35 hours a week.
The answer is that social security for retirement will not pay for a caregiver directly. However, older adults in need of care may use their social security income to hire and pay someone to look after them.
Florida’s Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Long-Term Care Program (SMMC LTC) includes a Participant Directed Option (PDO) that allows older adult Floridians or their designated representatives to hire, train, and manage care providers, and spouses and adult children may be hired and receive compensation for caregiving
The Structured Family Caregiving program (SFC) with Health Force of Georgia offers financial and support services to Georgia families that deliver care at home for a senior or disabled person. You may meet SFC requirements and be eligible for financial compensation if: You live with the person as the primary caregiver.
The PFL Act allows you to take time off work to care for a family member. It also stipulates that you will receive a certain percentage of your salary while caring for your loved ones. This percentage varies, but California provides up to 60 – 70% of your pay up to a maximum amount of $1,300 per week.
For instance, California, New Jersey, New York, Washington, Oregon, and Hawaii are a few of the many states that pay family caregivers and provide ongoing caregiving resources and support.
5 Ways to Get Paid as a Family Caregiver in California
How can I get help paying for a caregiver?
Call the SSA toll-free at 1-800-772-1213 to schedule an appointment or to discuss interview options. If you are a caregiver and applying on behalf of a loved one with an illness, get a free case evaluation today.