States That Pay Family Caregivers

Nearly 80% of adults living at home and receiving long-term care assistance depend solely on relatives and friends, according to the Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA). The role of informal caregiver is not an easy one to take on. Most of us in this position still need to work to make ends meet. There is good news, however. If you are caring for a loved one, you might be able to get paid to provide this service. Let’s look at the states that pay family caregivers.

Medicaid is the primary payer of family caregivers but there are other options as well. In fact, if you are caring for a veteran, you are more likely to find programs that will pay you for providing care.


For Medicaid Recipients

All 50 states plus the District of Columbia offer what is called self-directed medicaid services for long-term care. These programs allow states to grant waivers that allow qualified individuals to manage their own in-home care services. This is an alternative option to having your care managed by an agency. Some states even allow family members to provide that care.

Since these self-directed services are managed by the states, the name of the program and eligibility requirements can vary by state. It may be called Consumer Directed Care, Participant-Directed Services, In-Home Support Services, or Cash and Counseling depending on the state you are in. Check out your