How To Get Paid as a Family Caregiver in Tennessee

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Written by Aidaly
June 6, 2023

Summary of Statistics

7 million


0.9 million


870 million

Care Hours


Value of Care/hour

$12.3 billion

Value of Care

You work hard to provide care for your loved ones, and you deserve to be compensated for your time and effort. Fortunately, in Tennessee, there are a few ways that you can get paid as a family caregiver.

But navigating the process can be tricky, so it’s important to know your options and what steps you need to take in order to get paid. At Aidaly, we are committed to helping caregivers get the information and support they need to care for their loved ones in Tennessee.


Tax Benefits in Tennessee

Tennessee caregivers collectively miss out on more than $10 billion every year! In order to ease the financial burden on caregivers, the state of Tennessee offers a few tax breaks.

For example, if you are paying for long-term care services out of pocket, you may be eligible to deduct those expenses from your state income taxes. 

If you’re one of the 1 million+ caregivers in Tennessee, you may also be eligible for the Caregiver Tax Credit. This credit can help offset the costs of caring for an aging or disabled loved one.

In order to claim either of these tax benefits, you will need to have documentation of your caregiving expenses. Be sure to keep receipts, invoices, and any other records of your caregiving costs throughout the year. Learn more here

Financial Assistance Programs in Tennessee

In addition to tax breaks, there are also a few financial assistance programs available to caregivers in Tennessee. The Tennessee Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP) provides a variety of services and support to caregivers in the state, including:

  • Information and referral services
  • Individual counseling and support groups
  • Training opportunities
  • Respite care
  • Caregiver education

In order to be eligible for the FCSP, caregivers must be providing care to an individual who is 60 years of age or older, or 18 years of age or older with a disability. Find out more here

Caregivers must also be:

  • Residents of Tennessee
  • Unpaid for their caregiving services

Medicaid and Other State Programs

If you are providing care for someone who is eligible for Medicaid, you may be able to receive payment for your services through the Personal Care Services (PCS) program. Find out more about this program here

In order to be eligible for PCS, caregivers must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be a relative of the care recipient, or have a close personal relationship with them
  • Be able to provide proof of Tennessee residency
  • Pass a criminal background check

If you are providing care for someone who is not eligible for Medicaid, you may still be able to receive payment through the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver program. Learn more about this program here

Veterans Benefits

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers a range of programs to assist eligible Veterans. Different resources will depend on what state you’re in. You can find out more about Tennessee’s state-specific benefits 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. You can also access training and counseling programs to support your caregiving services. Learn more here

At Aidaly, we are here to help you navigate the process and get the financial assistance you need. Get started today.

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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. Select MA plans cover the cost of Aidaly training and support for their members. Our program allows families to live a healthy and happy life in their own homes.

How much do family caregivers get paid?
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Family caregivers are paid an hourly wage of $15 or more for every hour you provide care. 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.

What happens if I don't have Medicaid or an HCBS waiver?
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Navigating insurance coverage can be frustrating and time-consuming. Our care team will help your family apply for Medicaid, switch to a partner Medicare Advantage plan, and check-in on your status so you don't miss out on the benefits you deserve.

Who does Aidaly help?
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Aidaly helps family caregivers get paid to provide care in the home through state and federal programs. We primarily work with Medicaid and Medicare Advantage plan members. If your loved one does not have Medicaid or a Medicare Advantage plan, our team can help you apply for Medicaid or switch to a Medicare Advantage plan.

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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With a blend of virtual and in-person training, our comprehensive, hands-on program will earn you HHA or CNA credentials in 2-3 weeks. After the program, you will be certified to provide in-home care to an adult or child family member.

How will I get paid?
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Link your bank account for direct deposit or get paid via the Aidaly Wallet™ which comes with personalized discounts and perks.

We jump every hurdle with  you. Let’s start today.