Good morning, everyone. I have a few questions about caregiver contracts.
Both of my parents live with me. My father needs more care than my mother due to Parkinson’s, and other health issues.
1.) Does each parent need a separate Care Giver Contract?
2.) When it comes to sharing costs of living expenses, my father has more income due to VA disability than my mother with her SSI. He also requires more care. He does get an increase in his disability income due to them being married.
3.) In the contract I found here it has a mileage reimbursement. How do you decide on fair market mileage for taking them to the doctor and other travel that they need to do?
I take care of both of my parents and provide all the care they need. I gave up my career in nursing when my father moved in with us 15 years ago to take care of him. My father has handled his own finances, along with my mother. My mom was living with my older brother and helping take care of him, due to his health issues. My father would send money for her to contribute to her living expenses with my brother. That is no longer an option as my brother is being placed into a home. Due to her age and her own medical issues, she is not able to live with him or on her own.
I am trying to cover all bases. I know when my mom was discharged from the hospital a few months ago and need some home health when she was with my brother. We reached out to an agency and the going rate hourly for a Home Health Aid was $30 per hour.
I do plan on calling around and seeing what the rate is for Assisted Living for someone who is independent, but does needs assistance with bathing, meals, laundry, and transportation to Dr. appointments. I know my dad would have to go to a skilled nursing facility for 24-hour total care. So, that would be a more expensive rate. If something should happen to my father, my mom's income would drastically decrease. Widowers VA benefits are much smaller. I do know the VA has a caregiver program which we have not utilized yet. I am both of their DPOA’s for health, financial, etc.
I do realize that I would never get paid fair market rate for providing 24-hour care. But I do know we need something in place should either of them need Medicaid to help pay for nursing home or care in the future. So, I would like a contract in place.
I plan on having in the contract their contribution to living expenses. Shelter, utilities, food. Keeping receipts of their medical co-pays, prescriptions, personal expenses, incontinence supplies, but also putting into place a 40 hour per week hourly rate for care. Along with Mileage for travel. My father has chipped into these expenses all along and was the one to approach this idea years ago. But we did not have anything in a contract. His reasoning was that I had to give up my career to take care of him. He did not want to go to a Nursing Home. I do get coverage for my parents when I have my own appointments, someone to come and be with them while I’m out.