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So you want to get paid to take care of Grandma?

So you want to get paid to take care of Grandma?

We are often asked the question about being “paid” to be a caregiver to someone in need.

The Arizona Caregiver Coalition or Department of Economic Security Division of Aging and Adult Services does NOT offer any type of program or service by which a caregiver will be paid to care for a spouse, relative, neighbor, other loved one or another person.

The only organization that has such a plan in place is the Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS), this program is the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), Arizona’s state Medicaid System.

In order to potentially be eligible for this program, the care recipient must already be receiving or is eligible to receive benefits and services under ALTCS programs and services.  To be eligible, the care recipient must meet certain medical and financial requirements.

After passing a rigorous screening and eligibility process themselves, caregivers wishing to provide care would apply to become an employee of one of AHCCCS/ALTCS contracted home health care agencies.

The application process is started by calling the local AHCCCS/ALTCS office at 602-417-6600.

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