What States Pay Family Caregivers?

What States Pay Family Caregivers?

Your elderly father has been living alone at home for the past year, ever since your mom passed away. He’s in reasonably good health, but you’ve noticed that he’s not getting around as easily as he once did.

When you’re at his home, you’ve noticed some laundry piled up. You suspect he’s having a difficult time remembering when to take his blood pressure medicine. Your father doesn’t talk as much as he used to. You get over to his house as much as you can, but you’re working too many hours a week as it is, and you’ve got kids of your own to take care of.

Sound familiar? You’re not alone. And the states are stepping up to help with a variety of programs assigned to support family caregivers. But what states pay family caregivers?

At-Home Care May Be an Option

You know your elderly father could use some help at home. A nursing home or assisted living is out of the question, and you don’t have room for him to move in with you. You also know he wouldn’t want to accept help from a stranger, and you’re not keen on the idea of someone else being in his home either.

However, taking off from work to take care of your father isn’t an option for you financially. There aren’t enough hours in the day for you to do both. The good news is, there is a way your unpaid caregiving can become paid. Many states, including Illinois, offer assistance to caregivers so they may be paid to care for an elderly loved one.

States That Pay Family Caregivers

All 50 states have some form of program that allows family members to become paid caregivers for their elderly loved ones. Depending on the state, there may be more assistance than others, but all are administered as part of Medicaid under the home and community-based service program known nationally as “Cash and Counseling.” This type of program is also called “consumer-directed care,” or “self-directed services” because it allows the person receiving care to choose their own caregiver.

Find information on state Medicaid programs featuring consumer-directed care online. In addition to Medicaid-funded programs, state-level and private programs are sometimes combined with the Medicaid program. For instance, in Illinois, the Community Care Program allows both Medicaid and non-Medicaid participants to receive care at no charge to them. Access more Illinois-specific information through the Illinois Department of Aging.

The Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) has a state-by-state resource locator that may be useful in finding out what programs are available to become a paid family caregiver in your state.

How to Access Home Care for Your Elderly Loved One

The process for qualifying for at-home senior care is fairly straightforward. A home care agency can walk you through the steps needed to qualify your elderly family member for in-home services. They can also provide the necessary training for you to become a paid caregiver.

The requirements for training vary by state and can change frequently. Work with a home care agency that provides the training for you, as they will know the requirements in your area. Operating with incorrect, or out of date, information may cause issues for both you and your elderly loved one.

Becoming a Paid Caregiver for Your Elderly Parent

After training is complete and your parent has qualified for services, you’ll receive a plan of care. This shows what services are covered and how many hours per week will be paid. Some of the categories of care include personal care such as bathing and dressing assistance, light housekeeping and laundry services, medication reminders, and other activities off daily living. You won’t have to worry that your elderly parent is taking the wrong medications anymore.

In the state of Illinois, becoming a paid caregiver for your elderly parent is easy. Both you and your elderly loved one must register for the Community Care Program. Once it is determined you both meet the proper qualifications, you can move forward with your caregiver training. With this free training, you can be confident you are offering your loved one the best care possible.

The dedicated staff at Home Care Powered by AUAF is eager to help you begin your caregiving journey. Our staff is well-versed in the intricacies of home care, so you never have to worry about your questions going unanswered. You and your loved one are always in good hands.

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The dedicated professionals at Home Care Powered by AUAF know how important it is to provide the highest standard of care for your elderly relatives. That’s why we provide paid training, and constant support to help you take care of your family. Call us at 312-971-6328 or contact us to find out more. We are always just a phone call away when you need guidance.

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