Q) My Mom is 81 and has breast cancer, rssential tremors and has had mini strokes and is home bound except going to Dr. I’ve had to quit My job to take care of her. Can I get compensated for doing this? I also live with her.
A) Yes, you may be able to get compensated for quitting your job to take care of your mother. There are a number of programs and resources available to help family caregivers, including:
- Medicaid. Medicaid is a government program that provides health insurance to low-income individuals and families. If your mother is eligible for Medicaid, you may be able to get paid for providing her care.
- Caregiver tax credits. The federal government offers a tax credit to help offset the costs of caregiving. The amount of the credit varies depending on your income and the amount of care you provide.
- Caregiver leave. Some states offer paid or unpaid leave to employees who need to take time off to care for a family member.
- Caregiver support groups. There are a number of support groups available for family caregivers. These groups can provide you with emotional support, information, and resources.
You can find more information about these programs and resources by contacting your state’s Department of Aging or by visiting the website of the National Family Caregiver Support Program.
In addition to the resources listed above, you may also be able to get compensated for your caregiving through a personal care agreement. A personal care agreement is a contract between you and your mother that outlines the terms of your caregiving arrangement. This agreement can include things like the amount of care you will provide, the hours you will work, and your compensation.
To create a personal care agreement, you should consult with an attorney who specializes in elder law. An attorney can help you ensure that the agreement is fair and enforceable.
I hope this information is helpful. Please let me know if you have any other questions.