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Jenni,

I see that your mother has alzheimer's / dementia. If she is still competent, then you two can sign a work agreement where she will pay you so much for doing various listed items in taking care of her. That is important for if she ever reaches the point of needing medicaid, they will do a 5 year look back and want to know where that money went and you will have a valid answer which they will accept. This is important for she'll reach the point where you as one person will just not be able to provide 24/7 care. There are nursing homes which will receive someone on a medicaid pending status and even help you apply for her medicaid.
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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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If you go to the homepage of this forum there is a search box for the forum. Type in “paid caregiving”. There is a whole page of questions and answers on just this subject.
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