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How To Get Paid as a Family Caregiver in Alaska

Reviewed by Aidaly
April 10, 2024

Summary of Statistics

0.7 million

Population

0.1 million

Caregivers

88 million

Care Hours

$19.23

Value of Care/hour

$1.68 billion

Value of Care

Though you might sometimes feel like you’re alone, there are 53 million Americans working as unpaid caregivers today. Caregiving is a role many accept as part of their duty to their loved ones without expecting remuneration or recognition. At Aidaly, we know that caregiving work has a massive impact on family members — both financially and emotionally — and are striving to ensure caregivers receive the benefits to which they are entitled. 

In general, caregivers spend over a quarter of their own income on providing care; however, many people are unaware that state and federal programs are available to assist with these costs. At Aidaly, we believe that caregivers deserve compensation and recognition for this vital work. Keep reading to learn about the benefits and programs you may qualify for in your state.

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Tax Benefits

Most people are taxpayers, so the government often gives financial assistance by helping out with taxes. Unless you know what you're entitled to or work with someone who does, you may miss out.

Alaska caregivers may be eligible for tax benefits that can save you money. Find out more about each one below.

The Child Tax Credit and the Tax Credit for Other Dependents

People who claim their children or other dependents on their federal tax return can receive up to $2,000 for each qualified dependent. These credits are fully refundable, which means you can get the money even if you owe no taxes. To receive these credits, you must meet certain income requirements. To learn more and discover if you are eligible for one of these tax credits, there is more information available here.

The Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit

If you paid someone to care for your dependent while at work or looking for work, you could get money back even if you owed no taxes. Up to $8,000 of what you paid for daycare, day camps, babysitting, adult day programs, or caregiving while you were working or looking for work can be claimed. To assess your eligibility, click here.

Medical and Dental Expenses Tax Deductions

If you spent more than 7.5% of your adjusted gross income (AGI) on medical or dental expenses that weren't paid back by your insurance, you can deduct that money from your taxable income and owe less on your taxes. You can count any money you spend on eligible expenses for yourself, your spouse, and your dependents so your total can add up quickly. You can read more here to see what expenses qualify. 

Medicaid and Other State Programs

Currently, 250,000 Alaskans are covered by Medicaid, an assistance program that provides health insurance and medical assistance to those who meet certain income and health criteria. If your loved one wishes to receive specific state-based support services, such as a Medicaid Waiver, they must first be enrolled with Medicaid. However, other state programs exist independently of Medicaid and can be accessed separately or in addition to Medicaid assistance. Keep reading to see which state-based services may be available to you.

Alaska Medicaid Personal Care Services Program

The Alaska Medicaid Personal Care Services Program helps elderly and disabled adults who need assistance with the fundamental aspects of day-to-day living. The program enables the patients to select what kind of care they need and empowers them to choose and train their caregivers. Though spouses are not eligible for this assistance, other family members are accepted. Access more information by clicking here.

Alaskans Living Independently (ALI) Medicaid Waiver

The Alaskans Living Independently Medicaid Waiver assists elderly or disabled people to remain at home rather than be in a nursing home. As mentioned above, spouses are not eligible under this waiver system. Further information about the waiver and eligibility can be accessed here.

Alaska Department of Senior and Disability Services (ADSD)

Though the Alaska Department of Senior and Disability Services doesn’t provide wages or funding for caregivers, they can offer respite for caregivers, allowing family members to take a break from their caregiving role. The department also provides resources, training, and support groups. Click here to find out what the ADSD has to offer.

Family and Medical Leave Insurance 

The Alaska Family Leave Act provides eligible employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year. However, it doesn’t provide workers with partial wages like other leave insurance schemes. Further information can be found here.

Long-Term Care Insurance

If the person you are caring for has a long-term care insurance policy, their insurance may allow them to pay chosen family members to be their caregivers. Not all insurance providers offer this option, so eligibility must be established by contacting insurance companies directly. 

Veterans Benefits

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides several federal programs geared toward assisting and empowering disabled or elderly Veterans, which can involve Veterans selecting and paying their own caregivers. Each state can also offer its own, unique benefits for Veterans. Learn more about some of Alaska’s benefits here.

Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefits and Housebound Allowance

Under the Veterans Pension program, eligible Veterans are provided with increased pension amounts intended to make their day-to-day living easier. How this pension is spent is at the discretion of the Veteran, but it’s often put toward caregiving services (which can be provided by family members). Learn more about who qualifies for Aid and Attendance and the Housebound Allowance here.

Veteran Directed Care (VDC) Program

The VDC program is a self-directed program designed to keep Veterans out of nursing homes and in their own homes. Funding acquired through this program is distributed according to the individual Veteran’s need; however, it allows patients to select caregivers of their choosing, enabling them to hire family members rather than professionals. Further information on this program in Alaska can be accessed here.

Though the personal rewards are many, caregiving can also be isolating and overwhelming. It’s important to know that help is out there if you need it — and a whole community of caregivers with similar experiences to yours is available. As well as assisting with accessing the financial programs described above, Aidaly provides access to resources, coaching, and a community of fellow caregivers who can help share your burden.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Aidaly cost?
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If your loved one has Medicaid, training and support is covered by Aidaly and is at no cost to you or your loved one. In fact, Aidaly helps get you paid for being a family caregiver.

How much do family caregivers get paid?
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Our rates vary by location, but are always $16/hour or higher. We understand your income provides safety and security to your family and we actively advocate on behalf of family caregivers and offer more competitive pay compared to the industry standard.

What do you provide to family caregivers?
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Aidaly provides training, support, and compensation to alleviate the financial burden of being a family caregiver. We know from personal experience how difficult caregiving can be. Aidaly also provides professional coaching, financial tools, and a peer-led community.

Is Aidaly HIPAA compliant?
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Yes, Aidaly is HIPAA compliant. Your information is safe with us.

Who does Aidaly help?
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Aidaly helps family caregivers get paid to provide care in the home through state Medicaid and Long Term Care programs. If your loved one does not have Medicaid or a LTC plan, our team can help you apply.

What areas do you currently serve?
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Aidaly is rapidly expanding across the U.S.! Enter your zip code to see if we offer services in your area.

What will training look like?
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We offer a blend of virtual and in-person training including CPR, which will certify you to provide in-home care to your loved one in your state. We also provide optional additional training opportunities on topics our caregivers have requested. Aidaly offers all of this training program free of charge to our caregivers.

How will I get paid?
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Aidaly will pay you through direct deposit into your bank account.

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