Getting paid to care for Mom or Dad

Submitted on Wednesday February 20th, 2013

Many families choose to have a family member care for an aging parent. It seems like the "natural" thing to do. But all too often, unspoken assumptions lead to family conflict. For instance, when is caring done "for love"? At what point should a family member get paid for their time? What if they have to cut back on income-earning activities in order to help?

A good solution is to prepare a written "caregiver agreement" before the first dollar is paid.

Assess the need. Consider hiring a geriatric care manager. He or she can assess how much help your loved one needs. Having an impartial professional's evaluation can temper disagreement.