Get paid as a caregiver for a family member
Some government programs pay family or friends of people with disabilities to help with daily activities including personal care, giving medicine, cooking, cleaning, and more.
State Medicaid programs
If someone with a disability already receives Medicaid, their state may allow a family member or friend to become a paid caregiver.
Many states call this a consumer-directed personal assistance program. Each state has different requirements and rules. Contact your state’s Medicaid office for more information.
Long-term care insurance
Some long-term care insurance policies allow family members to get paid as caregivers. Contact your insurance agent and ask for a written confirmation of benefits.
There are two programs available for veterans:
- The Veteran-Directed Home and Community-Based Services program offers veterans a flexible budget. With the help of a counselor, veterans may be able to hire a family member to help with daily living and activities.
- Aid and Attendance Benefits program provides monthly payments in addition to a monthly VA pension for qualified veterans and survivors. These benefits help cover the costs of a caregiver, who may be a family member. Find the VA pension management center in your area to see if you qualify.
LAST UPDATED: December 6, 2023