One way to protect the caregiver and the person in care is to document the care relationship. They create a contractual relationship between employers (care recipients) and workers (caregivers), a relationship that requires withholding and paying taxes. Other considerations are whether to provide workers` benefits such as health insurance or workers` compensation. In the area of tax and social security, you could seek the advice of a lawyer to confirm what is true in your situation. Consider a vacation pay plan to compensate for caregiver stress or an increase after a year for a job well done. Is there a pension plan for room and meal expenses if the patient resides with the caregiver (in proportion to incidental costs, mortgage, insurance, taxes)? Think about what happens when the patient moves into a health centre. Is health insurance or long-term care insurance taken out to cover family caregivers? If so, put it in the personal care agreement and be specific without being rigid. Consider adding an allowance for expenses that are easy to ignore out of your pocket. The Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) aims to improve the quality of life of caregivers through education, services, research and advocacy. Through its National Center on Caregiving, FCA provides information on current social, political and care issues and provides assistance in the development of public and private programs for caregivers. For residents of the San Francisco Bay Area, FCA provides direct support services for people with Alzheimer`s disease, stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson`s disease, and other extenuating health conditions that affect adults.
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