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The most common question in the AgingCare Community Forum is “How can I get paid to care for a family member?”.

The vast majority of family caregivers do not get paid for the provision of care.

However, a loved one may use out-of-pocket retirement savings for this purpose. If a family member has enough funds to privately pay from savings, it is important to formally complete a Personal Care Agreement. Prior to receiving any payment, this document should be prepared to outline the services provided as well as the payment to be received. A personal care agreement can not be created retroactively to pay for past care.

The AgingCare Forum is a great place to come for answers. Additionally, I’d like to offer the following AgingCare articles as reference points:

To understand the purpose of and create a formal agreement between family members, please refer to:

It is important to note that most outside sources of pay will only pay for medically based home health care provided by an authorized agency. For a general overview regarding paying for care, please refer to:

And finally, if you would like further information regarding the decision to hire a home care company that fits your needs and your budget, please refer to:

If you are new to caregiving you will likely have future questions. There are many answers from experienced caregivers here. Don’t hesitate to come back and ask.
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Timothy, the vast majority of grown children who are caring for their parent do not get paid.... unless that parent can afford to pay that grown children out of their retirement fund. If that is something your Mom can do, you would need to draw up an employment agreement.

Another option is to see if your Mom could qualify for Medicaid [which is different from Medicare]. Some States have programs where a family caregiver could be paid, but note the pay would be very minimal. Medicaid is taxpayer funded.
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