In recent years, more elderly people are choosing to age in their homes instead of relocating to nursing homes. Not only does it make them feel more comfortable, but it helps alleviate fears regarding elder abuse at the hands of nursing home staff.
For elderly people who are not well off enough to pay for the needed care, however, family members are likely to make significant sacrifices to tend to them. You may leave your job, for example, or move in to help take care of your parents or loved ones. A caregiver agreement can be a valuable tool in these situations to help make caring for your family members in their homes possible.
How can a caregiver agreement help?
A caregiver agreement allows you to receive payments through Medicaid to take care of your elderly family. If you must quit your job to care for your family members, a caregiver agreement may provide you with some financial relief. Caregiver agreements can be set up in a way that does not put other Medicaid benefits at risk, or conflict with estate planning.
What considerations should a caregiver agreement include?
The American Associate of Retired Persons states on their website that the caregiver agreement should include the following:
- Whether cash payments are necessary, or if room and board is enough
- Whether the family is responsible for the caregiver’s insurance
- A clear salary and assigned duties
- Any considerations for time off and other siblings
A caregiver agreement, when done correctly, can be the answer you are looking for. This allows you to do what is important to you without having to forfeit all ability to produce income.