Please read Amy Goyer's article in the November issue of AARP Bulletin. (If you don't have the Bulletin, here is the link.) In it, she discusses the difficulty of her full-time "paid" job, and balancing that with her full-time caregiving job.
While Amy's paid job may be a bit more flexible than a typical 9-5 regiment, her issues are identical to every caregiver. One of the most important things she brings up is getting paid for the work that you do.
If you are a caregiver for a family member, here are Amy's highlights:
- Create a caregiver agreement
- Pay your taxes and Social Security
- Have loved ones count your payment as a medical expense for tax purposes
- Be professional
Here in Nevada, there is financial assistance available for caregivers, please follow this link for the Nevada's Care Connection.
(Amy Goyer lost her mother (pictured with Amy above on the cover of the AARP Bulletin) shortly after the Bulletin went to press. Our condolences go out to Amy and her father.)
The Senior Sage