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The most common question in the AgingCare Caregiver 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 Caregiver 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:

https://www.agingcare.com/articles/personal-care-agreements-compensate-family-caregivers-181562.htm

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:

https://www.agingcare.com/articles/paying-for-home-care-155405.htm

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:

https://www.agingcare.com/articles/how-to-select-a-home-care-company-230598.htm

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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Heather, the vast majority of family members do not get paid for caregiving.... unless that love one can pay from their own retirement fund. You would need to draw up an Employment Contract.

Another option is for the love one to sign up and be approved for Medicaid [which is different from Medicare]. And if your State has such a program, you can get paid, but note the pay will be very minimal. As it is less expensive for the love one to move into a nursing home via Medicaid.
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