I Understand that there is government money paid to a family care giver and that it is $12/hr. How do I get started?

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Hi Party and welcome...

Help from public programs that pay a caregiver to care for a family member may be available to you depending on your loved one's state of residence, eligibility for Title XIX programs such as Medicaid, and whether or not you are caring for a veteran.

Many states have a federal Medicaid waiver program called "Cash and Counseling" which allows the recipient to pay a family member for care. Your state may also have a state funded similar program. The VA offers a special pension to qualifying veterans called "Aid and Attendance". This, too, can be used to pay a family member for care.

You will find more details about these programs on this site. Check under the heading "Money and Legal". And feel free to ask any specific questions you like. There is a great group of experts and posters here sharing their experiences.
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I assume you've read Ralph's answer, which is excellent. The waiting time for people is extremely frustrating, as so many of us just keep on giving until it's obvious that there's nothing left to give. Try your state's website and type "aging" in the search box. You may find other programs there, or the National Family Caregiver Support Program in your state may provide some answers.
Good luck,
Carol
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I have been caring for my Mom for 5 years now. I had to quit working. I do not even have a car or many bills. I am signed up for the Aers program but the list is 10,000 just in Maryland is there any other form of getting paid?
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