If you are the primary caregiver for a loved one, you can get paid for the work you do for them. Every state has its own benefits programs and other state-funded programs to pay family caregivers; this is on top of federally-funded programs that all states use.
In Washington, those who require additional care have the right to choose a loved one, including a family member or friend, to care for them. Listed below are the different ways you can get paid as a family caregiver in Washington.
See if Your Loved One Is Eligible for Medicaid
Unless you're using a federal veterans program to get paid for family caregiving, Medicaid is your best resource. Medicaid offers two compensation options for family members to care for loved ones as long as they are eligible. The following programs apply to those who need help with long-term care, including:
- Medical care
- Meal prep
Find out more about Medicaid here.
Community First Choice Option
Eligible applicants can arrange for their family members to be paid for caregiving. The Community First Choice Option is open to eligible participants who meet particular Medicaid criteria, including not living in a medical institution and meeting a set income limit.
New Freedom Plan
Another option under Medicaid that will allow you to be paid as a family caregiver is the New Freedom Plan. Under this plan, Medicaid provides a budget for an individual who needs home help or care to pay their family members. The funds in this budget should cover the costs of care.
The New Freedom Plan requires an application. Only a few counties in Washington offer this plan, but it's worth looking into if available.
When you’re looking on your own for the right services to get paid for being a family caregiver in Washington, it's easy to become overwhelmed. Creating a budget, choosing the company to apply to, and filling out application paperwork can be daunting.
Before filling out any paperwork to see if you can seek compensation as a family caregiver, ensure you are not the spouse of the individual you care for. Make sure you or the person you care for qualify for Medicaid. You may apply for more than one service to help you find support as a caregiver in Washington.
Under the Program for Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers, or PCAFC, there is a monthly stipend you can receive for caring for a veteran. The paid-monthly stipend varies based on a tiered program, so learn more about your potential stipend allowance here.