Earn up to 18k, tax free, as a Caregiver
The program Caregiver Homes of MA, was born out of the necessity for the Commonwealth to seek new and less expensive approaches to long-term care of its elders. The program is a federal/state funded program run out of the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, contracted with Seniorlink and supported by local ASAP agencies. Some highlights of the program include:
- 1. A family caregiver can earn up to $18,000 per year, tax free
- 2. Caregivers are not required to have a health care background, and receive training.
- 3. Caregivers are supported by case managers and a web-based medical record system.
- 4. The caregiver can be a family member of the individual, with the exception of a spouse and dependents.
To be eligible, the individual must be at least 16 years of age, need 24-hour supervision and daily assistance with physical care and must be on Masshealth, or eligible for the Frail Elder Waiver under MassHealth regulations. This program has only been in existence for 3 years now, but it is a win-win situation for both the state in saving money and for the elder to ensure theyreceive the range of services needed to stay comfortable at home and in their communities. For more information contact Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts.