Mom has dementia - I have been taking care of her for the past 5 or so years and working FT but have had to cut back to PT as she is requiring more care now. I never planned on having her pay me but I really can't afford to do it otherwise. She was always adamant in the past about wanting to stay at home if possible so I don't really want to put her in a nursing home--she'd fight tooth and nail anyway. I am her POA. I have a personal care agreement I found on nolo.com and have filled it out. I'm only asking for a small amount, much less than what she would have to pay someone else. Here's my concern: At the bottom is a place for her to sign and for the caretaker (me) to sign. In the moment, if I explain to her what this is about she will readily agree, saying, "oh yes, that is very fair, I want to do this." HOWEVER, each time (I have brought it up several times already) she will forget what we had talked about and at first she will say things like "what? I don't need any help (she very much DOES) - why should I pay someone?" And of course after I explain the entire situation she then agrees. The question is....does this form need to be notarized? If I had to take her to a notary it could end up being quite embarrassing or worse if she says something like, "I'm not signing that, I don't need any help." LOL. The reason I ask is I know I will now have to claim this income on my taxes (and she will have to as well, claim the payment that is). Will our personal agreement without bothering with a notary be sufficient? I CAN get her to sign it at home, but of course she will never remember signing it. Not sure if I even need to worry about it, but I'm hoping I don't need to have it notarized. Thanks in Advance for any advice!