Paying Family Caregivers During the Pandemic and Beyond

March 4, 2021

As a follow-up to our recent report with AARP, Paying Family Caregivers to Provide Care during the Pandemic and Beyond, we are holding a webinar on Thursday, March 4th from 3-4 PM (EST). Kathleen Ujvari from AARP’s Public Policy Institute will join Applied Self-Direction authors to discuss the increased opportunities for paid family caregiving in programs serving older adults and adults with physical disabilities.

Through the Appendix K, used to modify 1915(c) waivers and 1115 Demonstrations during emergency situations, states were given the opportunity to expand who was eligible to provide paid care to individuals receiving services.  Over 15 states issued emergency rule changes to allow family members to provide care to their loved ones in their home. This limits the number of individuals coming in and out and increases safety for many at-risk or immunocompromised individuals. 

But the benefits of paying family caregivers do not stop there. Being cared for by family is often preferred by both individuals and their families as many tasks are intimate by nature and can be uncomfortable when handled by strangers.  Paying family caregivers can also address the current workforce shortage in home care, and for less money than the cost of a semi-private room in a nursing home. 

This webinar is open to the public. You do not need to register for the webinar and there is no cost to attend, but attendance is limited to the first 500 participants. You can register for the webinar here.