When you are caring for an older adult, it can become very expensive.
There are so many out-of-pocket expenses for such things as medical supplies, prescription drug copays, home health care, and many more.
Some people had to leave their jobs or cut their hours to care for their loved ones.
What if you could get paid as a caregiver?
It is possible; there are government programs that exist to help those caring for an older person. They are not available everywhere and not everyone qualifies, but you may qualify, so it’s worth checking into.
There are Medicaid programs that give money to seniors to hire an in-home caregiver. The caregiver could be a family member or friend; it doesn’t have to be a professional.
Florida has its own eligibility requirements, as does each state, they also all have different names for the program.
If the senior is accepted into the program, the amount of money they receive will depend on an assessment of need and the average wage for home health care aides. You have to apply for this through your local Medicaid office.
Some states have programs that pay caregivers for those who don’t qualify for Medicaid or for those with specific needs, such as traumatic brain injuries. To find out if your loved one qualifies, check with the local Medicaid office or department of health.
You can find out all about Medicaid and ask questions on the AHCA website, by following this link.
There are also programs available through the Veterans Department.
If you are a Veteran or the spouse of a deceased veteran you may be entitled to money you don’t even know about for your care.
One program is called Veteran directed home and community-based services and it helps Veterans of any age who are at risk of institutional placement to continue to live in their own homes.
The Veteran chooses the services that best meets their needs and they can hire in-home health care whether it be a company or a family member.
The other program offered through the VA is called aid and attendance.
Veterans, who are eligible for a VA pension and need home health care or assisted living, may be able to receive additional benefits on top of the monthly pension benefit.
These monies are paid directly to the senior and they are able to pay whomever they choose, whether it be a family member assisting them, a home health company, or an assisted living community.
So, there is help out there to get you paid as being a caregiver, please try not to stress over money.
Caregiving is hard enough on you, stressing over money will only make your stress level increase.
So, take a deep breath and remember Assisted Living Made Simple has your back!!