How To Get Paid as a Family Caregiver in California

Reviewed by Dr. Jasmine Bonder
April 10, 2024

Summary of Statistics

39.4 million


4.4 million


4,100 million

Care Hours


Value of Care/hour

$81 billion

Value of Care

Did you know that over 53 million Americans provide unpaid care for a family member or loved one? While many people don't question their role as a caregiver or expect payment for their loving sacrifice, caregiving can take a financial, emotional, and physical toll on the family members who assume this role. Many caregivers will end up spending their own money on supplies, transport, and other necessities for their loved ones — not to mention time and emotional energy. 

Studies show that the average family caregiver in the U.S. spends over a quarter of their income on caregiving expenses. At Aidaly, we believe that caregivers deserve compensation and recognition for the critical care they provide. Read on to discover the benefits and programs California caregivers may be eligible for.


Tax Benefits

Most people are taxpayers, so the government will often give 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.

California 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 one of these credits, you must meet certain income requirements. To learn more and discover if you are eligible, there is more information available here.

The Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit

If you paid someone to care for your dependent while you were at work or looking for work, you could get money back even if you owe no taxes. You can claim 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. You can read more about the credit here and determine if your family is eligible.

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 reimbursed 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. The total can add up quickly. Find out if you meet the requirements here.

Medicaid and Other State Programs

Almost one-third of Californians are enrolled in Medi-Cal, California's version of Medicaid — that's a whopping 14 million people. Medi-Cal is a state-based program that provides health insurance and medical assistance to people who meet the specified income and health requirements. For your loved one to be eligible for some state-based support services, like in-home support services, they must first be enrolled with Medi-Cal. In contrast, other state programs exist independently of Medicaid.

In-Home Support Services (IHSS)

IHSS is a state government program that allows physically compromised people to pay for services that allow them to remain in their own homes. To be eligible, you must be either 65 years of age or older, disabled, or blind. This program allows the patient to choose who they hire and pay to provide caregiving services, which can include family members.

To be eligible, the patient must be on Medi-Cal. Click here to learn how to apply for the program.

California Sick Leave

In California, sick leave offers a minimum of three paid sick days per year. These do not have to be used for your own illness but can be taken if you need to care for your spouse. This short-term solution is best explored by contacting your employer's human resources department directly.

California Paid Family Leave Act and the California Family Rights Act 

The California Paid Family Leave Act is designed to subsidize 60% to 70% of income lost due to an inability to work while providing care for a loved one. Sometimes, working as a caregiver requires leave from work to provide round-the-clock care. To be eligible, you must have a job that contributes to the California State Disability Insurance fund and be providing care to a family member. To learn more about eligibility and apply, click here

The California Family Rights Act (CFRA) is an act that protects your job while on leave due to specific care-related circumstances. However, CFRA alone doesn't provide any wages, so it is usually paired with the paid family leave described above. More information about the CFRA can be found here.

Long-Term Care Insurance

If the person you are caring for has long-term care insurance and meets the criteria and requirements for their policy, their insurance may allow them to pay family members to provide their care. Eligibility depends on the specific policy, so the patient's insurance provider must be contacted directly to assess eligibility. More information about long-term care insurance can be found here.

Veterans Benefits

The Department of Veterans Affairs offers several programs which help Veterans, their surviving spouses, and their caregivers. There are also some state-specific Veterans benefits and resources available from CalVet. Learn more here.

Veterans Aid and Attendance and Housebound Allowance

The Veterans Aid and Attendance Program allows Veterans to pay family members to provide care by increasing their pension amount. The amount available each month depends on the Veteran's income, although it can be substantial. The eligibility criteria involve demonstrating that the Veteran requires help with daily living, is housebound, has limited eyesight, or has other needs that require assistance. To assess eligibility and apply, click here.

Veterans-Directed Home and Community Based Services or Veteran Directed Care (VD-HCBS) Program

The VD-HCBS program is for Veterans who need help with personal care. Care can involve bathing, dressing, meal preparation, and other basic needs. The program allows the Veteran to select who they wish to provide their care and allows them to spend the budget at their discretion. Not all counties within California are part of this program, but you can find out more about the program and assess eligibility here.

Caregiving is difficult, but knowing you are not alone on this journey is important. At Aidaly you can connect with other caregivers, share your story, and get answers to your financial and legal questions.

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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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