How To Get Paid as a Family Caregiver in Washington

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Written by Aidaly
June 6, 2023

Summary of Statistics

7.7 million


0.8 million


770 million

Care Hours


Value of Care/hour

$16.8 billion

Value of Care

If you are the primary caregiver for a loved one, you can get paid for the work you do for them. Every state has its own benefits programs and other state-funded programs to pay family caregivers; this is on top of federally-funded programs that all states use. 

In Washington, those who require additional care have the right to choose a loved one, including a family member or friend, to care for them. Listed below are the different ways you can get paid as a family caregiver in Washington.


See if Your Loved One Is Eligible for Medicaid

Unless you're using a federal veterans program to get paid for family caregiving, Medicaid is your best resource. Medicaid offers two compensation options for family members to care for loved ones as long as they are eligible. The following programs apply to those who need help with long-term care, including:

  • Housekeeping
  • Medical care
  • Transportation
  • Meal prep

Find out more about Medicaid here

Community First Choice Option

Eligible applicants can arrange for their family members to be paid for caregiving. The Community First Choice Option is open to eligible participants who meet particular Medicaid criteria, including not living in a medical institution and meeting a set income limit. 

New Freedom Plan 

Another option under Medicaid that will allow you to be paid as a family caregiver is the New Freedom Plan. Under this plan, Medicaid provides a budget for an individual who needs home help or care to pay their family members. The funds in this budget should cover the costs of care. 

The New Freedom Plan requires an application. Only a few counties in Washington offer this plan, but it's worth looking into if available. 

When you’re looking on your own for the right services to get paid for being a family caregiver in Washington, it's easy to become overwhelmed. Creating a budget, choosing the company to apply to, and filling out application paperwork can be daunting.

Before filling out any paperwork to see if you can seek compensation as a family caregiver, ensure you are not the spouse of the individual you care for. Make sure you or the person you care for qualify for Medicaid. You may apply for more than one service to help you find support as a caregiver in Washington. 

Veterans Benefits

Under the Program for Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers, or PCAFC, there is a monthly stipend you can receive for caring for a veteran. The paid-monthly stipend varies based on a tiered program, so learn more about your potential stipend allowance here

See if you’re eligible to start getting paid with Aidaly

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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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