Tibi Botocan featured in original Forbes article, How To Become A Paid Caregiver For A Family Member
The article focuses on the role of caregivers, particularly for aging individuals, and the considerations involved in becoming one. It highlights the increasing need for caregivers, as evidenced by the rise in Americans providing unpaid care to adult family members or friends. Caregiving involves various tasks like transportation, medication management, and personal care. Options for finding caregivers include home care agencies or selecting a family member or friend, with eligibility for government funding varying by state.
The article also discusses ways to get paid as a caregiver, including through state Medicaid programs, area agencies on aging, long-term care insurance, veterans programs, and tax credits. Compensation varies, and the average pay for home health and personal care aides offers some insight into potential earnings. It’s important to consider the impact of caregiving on Social Security benefits.
Caregiving is rewarding but can be stressful and demanding. Over one-third of family caregivers report high stress levels. The article emphasizes the need for potential caregivers to realistically assess their ability to handle the responsibilities and the impact on their own well-being.