Coming to the realization that your husband is unable to care for himself is difficult. Aside from the emotional turmoil this situation creates, there’s also the added stress and personal guilt of having to find another living arrangement to ensure your loved one receives the care he needs.
While some may decide to move their relatives into a care facility, many are now choosing the route of homecare services. Senior homecare services allows loved ones to continue living in their own homes with the help of a personal care assistant (PCA), who receives compensation for his/her support.
If this option interests you, here’s what you need to know first!
Who Is Eligible to Become A PCA for a Loved One?
There are certain limitations that affect your ability to receive payment for caring for a loved one. These rules vary by state. According to Diversity Home Health Group, family members who are NOT eligible to receive compensation for their homecare services in Minnesota include:
- Parents of children who are UNDER the age of 18
- Paid legal guardians
- Any family members who are receiving homecare services themselves
According to Caring, LLC, spouses are not eligible through Medicaid to receive compensation for providing home care to their significant other. However, there are available programs and grants for which you may be eligible that can help pay for your spouse’s homecare services, such as:
To learn more about whether or not you qualify for compensation, contact the Minnesota Department of Human Services!
How to Become A PCA For A Loved One
It’s important to note that to become a personal caregiver, an eligible family member must first meet certain requirements, including:
- Physical ability to provide care
- Passing a background check
- Completing PCA training
- Passing a PCA test
The person providing care must also apply and be hired through a homecare agency, such as Best Home Care, to receive compensation.