Getting Paid to Care for Your Loved One
by Lyn Lomasi, Staff Writer
If you have a friend or family member in need of a caregiver, you are likely considering many options. You may be wondering if you can provide that care yourself. If so, you may also wonder if you can get paid to be a family caregiver. Is it possible to make a liveable wage caring for your own family member?
Can I Get Paid to be a Family Caregiver?
If you have a friend or loved one who is ill, you could have hopes of caring for them yourself instead of hiring someone. Can you get paid to do so? The short answer to this is yes, it is possible to become a caregiver for your own family member and get paid for doing so. However, depending on your area, the methods to do so may vary.
Can I Make a Liveable Wage as a Family Caregiver?
Making a liveable wage caring for your own family member is possible, but not likely for most. It will depend on how much you need for living expenses, as well as the method in which you go about establishing the caregiving. It will also depend on where you live, as some states allow for this and some do not. Also, if you are the person paying for your loved ones other expenses (such as a mortgage, prescriptions, and household supplies), will the money you make from caring for them cover that? In many cases, it will not. Even those in the nurse aid field sometimes do not make a liveable wage themselves. Most people who take on this responsibility for family members are doing so more out of love than for the possible income. However, many would appreciate it if they could get paid for their efforts.
How Can I Become a Family Caregiver?
One way to become a family caregiver is by contacting Medicaid. This differs from Medicare, which will not usually pay a family member who acts as caregiver. They will be looking to pay someone who is a professional in the field of caregiving. Other great sources to contact for information include local senior services, social services, and the county health department.
Benefits of a Family Member as Caregiver
Having a family member as a caregiver can be more comforting to a loved one. They may already be used to this person helping them. Therefore, when the situation gets to a point when they need more active care, it could reduce their discomfort surrounding it. It's hard for some people when they learn they will need someone to take care of their needs for them. It may be an easier transition when a family member is the one providing the care. Also, a family member will have the benefit of knowing personal needs and wants. They will also likely have more love for the patient than someone who is not a family member.
*I originally published this via Yahoo Contributor Network
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