How To Get Paid as a Family Caregiver in Minnesota

Reviewed by Aidaly
April 10, 2024

Summary of Statistics

5.7 million


0.5 million


500 million

Care Hours


Value of Care/hour

$10 billion

Value of Care

Minnesota is home to 640,000 family caregivers who diligently care for a loved one. However, most of these caregivers struggle to find compensation and often work completely for free. The value of this unpaid work is estimated at $8.6 billion per year, highlighting the urgency in paying family caregivers for their care work.

At Aidaly, we want to revolutionize family caregiving by providing the information you need to take action and find the right support. We’ve outlined some payment possibilities below to aid your caregiving journey.  


Tax Benefits

Family caregivers in Minnesota are entitled to tax benefits to reduce some of the costs associated with delivering care

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. You must meet certain income requirements to receive the credits. To learn more and discover if you are eligible, click here.

The Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit

If you paid someone to care for someone you love while 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. Eligibility criteria is available here.

Minnesota also offers state taxpayers an additional care credit worth up to $2,100 for eligible families; you can learn more about Minnesota’s care credit here.

Medical and Dental Expenses Tax Deductions

If you spend more than 7.5% of your gross adjusted income (AGI) on medical and dental expenses for you and your family, you may qualify for a significant tax deduction. Deductible expenses include prescriptions, co-pays, and hospital visits. Glasses, hearing aids, and transportation between appointments are also on the list. Check out the full guide to eligible deductions here.

Medicaid and Other State Benefits

Over 3.2 million Minnesotans are enrolled in Minnesota’s Medicaid program, known as Medical Assistance. Medical Assistance provides health insurance and medical assistance to those who meet established income and health criteria. Some state-based support services require the patient to be enrolled in Medical Assistance, and others are available to non-enrollees. Keep reading to discover which assistance programs might suit you and your family.

Medicaid Waivers

Medicaid waivers are special programs that offer flexibility to people who need extra help with daily living tasks due to age, disability, or chronic health conditions. Six different waiver programs are offered in Minnesota for particular needs, and you can learn more about all of them here. Make sure to read more about the Consumer Directed Community Supports (CDCS) program here: CDCS allows care recipients to spend their Medicaid funds on items and services that aren’t usually covered, and it can even be used to pay family members — including spouses.

The Minnesota Personal Care Assistance Program

In Minnesota, a person requiring a caregiver can hire their family member to work for them, allowing them to receive compensation, or bring another caregiver into the home. The family member must first enroll as a personal care assistant to become eligible for this home-care program. You’ll need to pass a one-time test after completing online training, although prior care experience is not required. You can learn more about this program and its requirements here.

Veterans Benefits

In the U.S., the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers several programs which help Veterans, their surviving spouses, and their caregivers. The VA is federal, but resources vary from state to state. Read more about Minnesota’s state-funded benefits here.

Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefits and Housebound Allowance

The Veterans Aid and Attendance and Housebound Allowance programs provide funding in the form of an increased monthly pension amount for eligible Veterans. The pension can assist in making day-to-day living easier or be used to pay for caregiving services, which can be provided by family members. The application process is lengthy, but the pension will be back-paid if approved. To assess eligibility and apply, click here.

Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC)

With the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers, you can earn a monthly stipend of up to $2,750 per month as a family caregiver to a Veteran who has a service-related disability or illness. In addition, you can access training and counseling programs to support your caregiving services. Check to see if you’re eligible here

Veteran-Directed Home and Community Based Services 

The Veteran-Directed Care (VDC) program allows Veterans to be in control of their own long-term services and supports and is designed to enable them to continue living independently at home. Through the program, eligible Veterans determine their own budgets, decide what services they need, and hire their own workers — which can be family members. Be aware that not all counties in Minnesota are part of this program, but you can assess eligibility and availability here.

Family caregiving can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to do it alone. As mentioned above, there is financial support available in Minnesota to help reduce the cost of care-related costs — it’s just about finding the right support network. We hope unpaid family caregiving will be a thing of the past. oin Aidaly today to find out more.

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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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