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How Much Could We Expect As A Caregiver ?

My 92 year old Dad will be in need of a caregiver coming out of the VA Hospital and that will be his retired 66 year old son... how money could we expect in CA?




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Answered by: Joseph McHugh, Elder Law Attorney

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Professional Caregivers that are hired through a care agency are in the range of $15 - $25 depending on the need, and how long their shifts are. A family member, not a professional, should likely be paid about $12 per hour. There are many more variables, such as is he being paid for 24 hours, and if you are going to formalize this and have taxes taken out, and comply with California labor codes. It could be much more than what is quoted if you have the Labor Commission involved.


Answer from: Janet L., Elder Law Attorney

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Comprehensive Caregiver Pay Guide. SUMMARY: CNA/HHA pay ranges from $8.55 per hour at the low end to $16.62. The median CNA/HHA pay is $11.54 per hour. The salary of a caregiver ranges from about $7.89 to $14.20, with a median salary of $9.91.

Have you applied for V.A. Aid & Attendance Benefits?

The Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit can be used as a source of money to pay family caregivers to provide care at home. This benefit, under the right circumstances, can provide up to $1,949 a month in additional income to pay family members to provide care at home.

Getting veterans benefits for paid family caregivers is not an easy task. There must be a caregiver contract in place and services for care must be initiated and thoroughly documented before application can be made. In addition, state and federal tax requirements must be met.

Getting these applications approved requires an understanding of the documentation requirements. You can visit the National Care Planning Council website for more information.


Answer from: Ronald A., Elder Law Attorney

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If your dad served during appropriate periods of wartime, he should be entitled to approximately $1800.00 per month to pay for his care depending on his income and his assets.


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