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A Caregiver Agreement is a state-specific, legal contract in which a family member, or any caretaker, is paid to care for another member of the family – or any person needing care – in their own home.
Caregiver Agreements need to be extensively documented and must stand up as arm’s length contracts. Family members involved in the process need to be sensitive to how the arrangements might affect relationships among other family members.
A sound Caregiver Agreement carefully defines the care needs. Do a realistic assessment of the person to be cared for. Find out the physician’s opinion of whether the needs can realistically be met in a home-based setting. In most cases, this is a resounding “yes.” The family needs to lay out very clearly the duties and responsibilities of the primary caretaker, This solidifies the appropriateness of the agreement for tax and Medicaid-eligibility purposes- please refer to your local State Health and Human Services Department for further information on Medicaid eligibility and use of Caregiver Agreements to meet requirements of Medicaid, should this be applicable to you.
Some other important matters to consider in creating a Caregiver Agreement:
To create a Caregiver Agreement you need to answer detailed questions about the types of care to be provided, when they will be provided, and how often. The contract also addresses issues of financial compensation and other caretakers who may provide care in the primary caretaker’s absence.
To view an example of a Caregiver Agreement, CLICK HERE. Please note: The sample provided is the Caregiver Agreement document for the state of Minnesota only. IT DOES NOT APPLY TO ANY OTHER STATE. This sample is being provided as a reference only. It can allow you and others to see the components of a typical Caregiver Agreement. This sample may also be used as a starting point with an Eldercare Attorney or other legal professional should you wish to create a Caregiver Agreement of your own or for a family member. We STRONGLY recommend that you take this sample to an Attorney who can discuss with you the appropriate form for your area.
Or, you may also wish to contact a Professional Care Manager (PCM) in your area for consultation on the appropriateness and/or necessity of a Caregiver Agreement for your situation. To learn more about PCM's and to locate a PCM in your area, CLICK HERE.