Video: How to Get Paid for Taking Care of a Disabled Family Member or Friend

how to get paid for taking care of a family member, caring for a family memberOne of the most common questions we receive at Best Home Care is: Can I get paid for taking care of my family member or friend? and the answer is yes! Over the last year and a half, we have created a number of resources, including blogs, web pages, and a white paper, to help PCAs and family caregivers discover their different options for getting paid to provide home care.


In the State of Minnesota, there are a number of options available opportunities to get paid for providing home care for a family member, however it can be difficult to accurately understand the details of each. As a leading Twin Cities home care agency, our team at Best Home Care makes it a priority to educate personal care assistants on the available options and guide them through the process of getting paid to care for a family member.


We are excited to announce the release of a new video that explains these opportunities in an easy to understand and approachable way. The video features Andre Best, owner of Best Home Care, explaining the various options for getting paid to take care of a family member including:


  • Medicaid’s Cash and Counseling Program: Provides low-income individuals with the freedom to choose their own home attendant.
  • The Minnesota PCA Program: Individuals may select a caregiver, such as family and friends, to work for them through a PCA agency.
  • The Veteran’s Administration Caregiver Reimbursement: Provides payment to PCAs providing home care for veterans.


Watch the video now:


The video can be viewed on the Getting Paid to take Care of a Family Member page on the Best Home Care website.  Please watch the video and share with your friends then contact the home care professionals at Best Home Care to learn more about the various program and begin the process of enrolling.

Best Home Care 2015: A Year in Review

Minneapolis Home Care Agency. Home Care Agency in the Twin CitiesIt’s hard to believe that 2015 is coming to an end in just a few short days. But even more incredible is the remarkable events and news stories that took place in just the last 12 months. Think back to last New Year’s Eve. Where were you? You might not even live in the same state anymore. Who were you with? You might not have seen them since. Do you remember what you were wearing? It’s lost in the back of your closet somewhere. One year can change a lot of things and the same is true at a home care agency.

2015 was a great year for all the home care professionals at Best Home Care. While the landscape of the home health care industry saw many changes, we are proud to say that we had one of our best years in business to date. Throughout 2015, we had many exciting moments for our company. Here’s just a quick snapshot of the past year at our home care agency:

January: First Best Home Care White Paper Released

After receiving a large numbers of home caregivers asking how to get paid for taking care of a family member, we created a new resource! This white paper explains the different options available for family caregivers to get paid for their home care services.

            Read the White Paper Now!

February: Andre Best, Best Home Care Founder, Featured in Star Tribune

The Start Tribune wrote a full-length article on our founder Andre’s path to owning a Minneapolis home care agency and his efforts to fight fraud within the home health care industry.

            Read More Here!

July: Best Home Care Announces New Benefit For Employees

On July 1st, all home care professionals at Best Home Care received PTO hours and we raised our starting wage to $10.75. Every full time employees at our Minneapolis home care agency were offered a free preventative health care plan as well.

December: Best Home Care Receives PCA Visit Verification Variance  

On December 10, 2015, Best Home Care received a variance from the Minnesota Department of Human Services Office of Inspector General to use an electronic visit verification system instead of the state mandated visit verification phone calls. Best Home Care will be offering the Homecare Timesheets System with Visit Verification to its recipients and employees beginning in January 2016.

           Learn More about the Homecare Timesheets System Here! 

These are just a few of the great moments from a wonderful year. However, none of this would be possible without you! Your continued support and trust in our home health agency is humbling and we are honored to have made so many great friends this past year.

Here’s to a happy and healthy 2016!

Family Caregiving and the Holidays

Caregiver HealthThis is the time of year when people travel around town and across the country to spend time with family and friends. For many, the holidays are a time to reconnect with those important individuals who they may not get to see as often as they’d like. Here at Best Home Care, we treasure the moments we spend with our families throughout this season but for many senior home care patients, family takes on a very distinct and important role.

According to the CDC, over 34 million family caregivers provide 83% of all home care services. Above and beyond family members, this number includes friends, neighbors, and partners who provide in home supportive service for a loved one. It is estimated that 1 in 5 households in the United States are impacted by caregiving duties. These numbers are expected to grow in the coming decades as seniors live longer and elderly home care fees continue to rise.

It is very likely that you or someone you know have cared for an elderly parent or a sick relative in the last year. Even though you might not consider yourself a home care professional, family caregivers are just as vital for those they care for. In fact, family caregivers will often provide the same (if not more) home care services than personal care assistants. These tasks may include:

  • Giving and managing medications
  • Assisting with and preparing meals
  • Providing transportation to appointments and errands
  • Cleaning and maintaining a home
  • Performing basic medical and nursing procedures
  • Assisting with toileting and personal cleaning

On average, family caregivers spend 20 hours a week performing these home care services, yet the majority are unpaid. Helping out with a loved one’s home care is an admirable gesture however, the time commitment can often conflict with other priorities and result in struggles with money.

It is a little known fact that there is a variety of state and federal programs that help family caregivers get paid for taking care of a family member. Best Home Care has helped many family caregivers find solutions to their money struggles by showing them how to get paid to care for a family member. See how we can help you next!

Check out Best Home Care’s New White Paper!

slider-img02-02At Best Home Care, we not only strive to be a quality Minnesota home care agency, but also to provide helpful caregiver resources and assistance. One of the most common questions we receive is “Can I get paid to care for a family member?” Our website has a page that provides some basic information on getting paid to take care of a family member, but we felt that we could do more.

So we decided to publish a white paper on this subject! The seven page report goes beyond the information provided on our website to give readers a comprehensive understanding of how to get paid for taking care of a family member.

Click Here to Read Best Home Care’s New White Paper

The goal of this white paper is to simplify the process of getting paid for taking care of a family member. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Interesting Family Caregiver Facts and Figures
  • The Medicaid Cash and Counseling Program
  • The Minnesota PCA Program
  • Medical Assistance Waiver Program
  • Community First Services and Support Program

While the specific requirements may differ, every one of these programs provides compensation for family caregivers. It’s important to understand all your options to find which one makes the most sense for your situation. Take some time to research these home care programs, starting with our white paper.

We hope that this will make a difference for family caregivers in Minnesota and across the country. Caring for a friend or family member can be difficult. Best Home Care wants to ease that burden with caregiver resources, like this white paper, and professional home care assistance. Contact Best Home Care for more information about this white paper and how to get paid for taking care of a family member.


What Can Home Care Do For You? Find Support for Persons with Learning Disorders.

Autism Home Support ServicesAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 68 children was identified with an autism spectrum disorder in 2010. The CDC also reported that 11% of children between the ages of 4-17 have been diagnosed with ADHD as of 2011. The number of cases of children with learning disabilities like these has risen sharply over the last decade. This growth is expected to continue as more is learned about these disorders and how to diagnose them.

Parents with children that live with a learning disorder know first-hand the challenges that come with these conditions. Difficulties keeping up in school and making new friends are common. Many parents take on these struggles and share in their child’s emotional stress and frustration caused by a learning disorder.

If this sounds familiar, it’s important to remember that there is home health assistance available for you and your child. Hiring a personal care attendant is a smart way to give your child the extra help they need and you the time to take a break. Personal care attendants are trained to provide ADHD and autism home support services for children with learning disabilities.

PCA services benefit those living with learning disorders by:

  • Ensuring that the child remains safe
  • Scheduling a predictable daily routine
  • Assisting with schoolwork through tutoring and homework help
  • Providing help with diet and exercise needs
  • Offering companionship and support

Best Home Care serves personal care assistants that provide ADHD and autism home support services by facilitating administrative tasks and providing valuable resources. We also help family caregivers find out how to get paid for taking care of a family member. If you or someone you know is caring for a child with a learning disability, contact us today! Our professional staff will answer any home care questions you may have and explain the benefits of in-home supportive services for individuals living with learning disorders.

What Can Home Care Do For You? Find Support for Persons with Physical Disabilities.

Disability Home Care ResourcesMost of us will never understand the challenges those living with a physical disability face. Basic tasks, such as getting dressed or making a meal, can be a daily battle. You can’t help but admire the courage and strength those living with a physical disability bring to each day.

At times, the struggles of living with a physical disability can be overwhelming. This is where physical disability home care comes in. A family member or friend often provides this in-home care; however, professional personal care assistants are another common option.

Home care can benefit people living with various physical disabilities by assisting with:

  • Basic household needs such as running errands and preparing meals
  • Daily personal needs such as toileting, dressing, grooming, bathing, etc.
  • Health related needs such as transportation to doctor appointments or motion exercises

An often overlooked benefit of physical disability home care is the companionship that comes with it. Simply having a friend to talk with can do wonders for the morale of an individual living with a physical disability.

Family caregivers providing home care for relatives with physical disabilities typically don’t consider compensation for their services. This should not be the case. There are many government programs that can provide funding for caregivers in these situations. Contact Best Home Care today to learn more about how to get paid for taking care of a family member living with a physical disability.

Best Home Care serves personal care assistants providing physical disability home care in the Twin Cities. Contact us today if you have any questions about physical disability home care and how it can benefit you or a loved one.

Transitional Home Care Can Benefit Recovery After a Surgery

After Surgery CareProper home care after a surgery is a critical part of the recovery process. While in the hospital, the patient will receive sufficient care from medical professionals – but what happens after he or she is discharged? Just because someone is out of the hospital does not necessarily mean that person is ready to jump back into a busy life. The patient will usually require a certain amount of transitional health care. Depending on the situation, this process can take anywhere from days to months.

In most cases, a relative will step in to provide home care for a patient recovering from surgery. First-time family caregivers should be sure to understand exactly what will be required of them before beginning. Here are some important tips to keep in mind when providing after-surgery care for a family member or friend:

  • Clearly understand the doctor’s orders for care, diet, and prescriptions
  • Act as an advocate and offer emotional support
  • Create a comfortable living environment for the patient
  • Attend appointments with the patient and take notes
  • Know what actions to take if complications arise

Caring for a relative or friend can be a time consuming commitment, and it is not unusual for family caregivers to feel overwhelmed by this task. In these instances, working with a home care professional may be the answer.

At Best Home Care, we feel that it’s important for caregivers to understand their resources as well as how to get paid for taking care of a family member. Many state and national programs exist that will compensate you for your work as a family caregiver in these situations. Becoming certified as a personal care assistant can help alleviate the stress that comes with providing home care services for a loved one recovering from surgery.

Contact Best Home Care today to learn more about post-surgery transitional care, training and certification options, and how you can get paid for taking care of a family member.

Programs & Resources for Family Caregivers of Minnesota Veterans

Minnesota Home Care for DisabledVeteransAccording to the Department of Veterans Affairs, Minnesota is home to over 360,000 veterans. Due to disabilities or old age, many of these service men and women receive daily care from personal care assistants or family home caregivers. Life can quickly become challenging for these caregivers. Relationships may be strained and wallets stretched as their soldier struggles to adjust back into civilian life.

Physical disabilities and aging aren’t the only foes that plague our vets. The Pew Research Center found that 37% of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Other psychological illnesses such as depression and anxiety are common tormentors as well. Family members and friends are typically the first to notice these illnesses and are often indirectly affected by them as well.

As a Minnesota home care agency that proudly serves veterans, Best Home Care understands the difficulties that family caregivers of soldiers face every day. The VA has various programs and home health care resources that provide family caregivers compensation and help decrease their stress. Here are a few of the most notable:

  • The Caregiver Toolbox: Provides useful home care resources and tips to help manage the stress of caring for your veteran.

It’s important for caregivers of veterans to understand the opportunities available for getting paid to take care of a family member. Best Home Care is honored to help ease the burdens of disabled veterans and their home caregivers by providing top in-home health services. Connect with us to learn about our professional PCA services and how to get paid for taking care of a family member or veteran.

How to Get Paid For Taking Care of a Family Member

Compensation for Taking Care of a Family MemberProviding home care for an elderly or disabled family member often begins out of love, but can quickly become a financial burden for the caregiver. These individuals may find themselves taking time off from work and, as a result, missing out on potential income as they take on this new caregiver job title.

The Minnesota Leadership Council on Aging states that each year in Minnesota 600,000 caregivers leave over $7 billion on the table as they provide care for their aging parents or disabled family members. These numbers are expected to grow rapidly in the coming years as Baby Boomers reach retirement age and the need for care rises. It is a little known fact that you can actually get paid to take care of a family member in the state of Minnesota.

Through the Personal Care Assistance Program administered by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, friends and family members may be compensated for their work with their loved ones. Personal care assistance services help a person with:

  • Activities of daily living.
  • Health related procedures and tasks.
  • Observation and redirection of behaviors.
  • Instrumental activities of daily living.

For caregivers to receive compensation for taking care of a family member, they must qualify to act as a Personal Care Assistant. Best Home Care will provide you with the necessary PCA training and assist you through the process of becoming qualified to work as a PCA. We will also take care of the billing and payment process so you can focus on continuing to provide in-home care for your loved one.

Contact Best Home Care today to learn how to enroll in the Personal Care Assistance Program and start receiving compensation for taking care of a family member!