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How To Get Paid as a Family Caregiver in Texas

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Written by Aidaly
June 6, 2023

Summary of Statistics

29.6 million

Population

3.1 million

Caregivers

2,900 million

Care Hours

$14.42

Value of Care/hour

$41 billion

Value of Care

Many people who require assistance with their day-to-day lives are blessed to have family members or friends who voluntarily provide caregiving services. While caregiving is a rewarding role often performed purely out of love, the burden it can place on caregivers, particularly financially, is often overlooked. 

According to AARP, approximately 3.4 million Texas residents provide an estimated 3 billion hours of unpaid family caregiving per year. At Aidaly, we aim to help family caregivers reduce their financial burden by ensuring they know and utilize the full benefits available to them in their state.  Below we outline the main ways a family caregiver can receive financial assistance in Texas. 

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Tax Benefits in Texas 

As a family caregiver in Texas, two main tax benefits are available that family caregivers, particularly parents, may qualify for. These are the Child Tax Credit and Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit. 

The Child Tax Credit (CTC) 

The federal Child Tax Credit allows Texas families to claim a tax credit to help contribute to the cost of raising their children. The CTC is fully refundable credit, meaning a person can receive the credit as a payment even if they don’t owe any taxes. The majority of Texas families are eligible for the benefit and can receive $3000 annually for each child they care for between the ages of 6 and 17, and $3600 for children under the age of 6. Learn more about this credit here

The Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC) 

The Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit is another federal tax credit family caregivers may claim. This credit allows families to be reimbursed for the costs of care incurred while they were working, looking for work, or studying. Families with incomes below $125,000 may receive up to $4,000 for one child, or $8,000 for two or more children under the age of 13 who required care for these purposes. Families with annual incomes under $438,000 can receive a partial credit. Those who provide care to adult dependents may also make a claim under the CDCTC. Learn more about this here

Medicaid and Other State Programs

Medicaid is a program operating at the federal and state level that assists low-income families with healthcare costs. Several Medicaid and non-Medicaid programs exist in Texas that may help those who require care to compensate their family caregivers. 

Medicaid 

In Texas, multiple Medicaid programs are available that family caregivers may benefit from. Relevant programs include Medicaid for the Elderly and People with Disabilities; Medicaid for Parents and Caretakers; the STAR+PLUS Waiver, which provides care to individuals who require care outside of nursing homes; and the Community First Choice Program, focused on supporting home-based care. Find out more information about Medicaid here

State Programs

Texas also has non-Medicaid state-funded programs that aim to provide support to family caregivers. The Texas Community Care for Aged/Disabled (CCAD) Program allows family members or loved ones to be paid for providing certain types of care. The Area Agency on Aging (AAA) also provides support and benefits to eligible family caregivers in Texas counties. Find out more about support services here

Veterans Benefits in Texas

A significant number of Veterans reside in Texas and can receive Veteran-specific benefits that may be used to help family caregivers. 

Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefit

As well as the general allowances, eligible Veterans or their surviving spouses who require certain levels of care may be eligible for either the Veteran Aid and Attendance Benefit, or the Housebound Benefit. 

The Veteran Aid and Attendance Benefit is for those who require the aid of another to complete their daily functions. The Housebound Benefit is for those who have a permanent disability evaluated as 100% disabling. Both of these benefits increase the monthly allowance the beneficiary can receive and can be used to pay family caregivers. Find out more about both here

Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) in Texas 

Veterans with a disability rating of 70% or higher and who have required at least six months of continuous personal care assistance may qualify for the PCAFC. The PCAFC allows Veterans to appoint primary and secondary caregivers who may receive a number of benefits, including financial assistance for primary caregivers. Find out more about PCAFC here

Veteran-Directed Care Program 

Previously called the Veteran-Directed Home and Community Based Services (VD-HCBS) program, the Veteran-Directed Care Program allows veterans at risk of nursing home placement to receive payments to hire their own home-based caregiver, including family members. Find out more about this program here

Determining which type of financial assistance you may be eligible for as a family caregiver in Texas can require endless hours of research. Thankfully, Aidaly is here to help and save you the hassle. Sign up 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.

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