If you are a family caregiver in Maine, you may wonder if there is a way to get paid for the care you provide to your loved one. The answer is yes, depending on your situation and eligibility. In this article, we explore one of the Medicaid waivers in Maine that offers compensation for family caregivers: the ME Elderly and Adults with Disabilities Waiver (also called the Home and Community Benefits Waiver for the Elderly and Adults with Disabilities).
The ME Elderly and Adults with Disabilities Waiver is a Medicaid program that provides services to people ages 65 and older and those with physical disabilities ages 18 or older who require a nursing facility or hospital level of care. This waiver aims to help eligible individuals remain in their homes or other community settings instead of being institutionalized. The waiver also allows participants to choose their providers, including family members, through a self-direction option.
To qualify for the ME Elderly and Adults with Disabilities Waiver, you must meet the following criteria:
The ME Elderly and Adults with Disabilities Waiver offers various services and supports to help participants live independently and safely in their homes or communities. Some of the services include:
One of the benefits of the ME Elderly and Adults with Disabilities waiver is that it allows participants to self-direct their services. This means they can choose who provides their services, how they are delivered, and when they are scheduled. Participants can also hire and pay their family members as caregivers instead of using agency services. This option gives participants more control over their care and provides family caregivers recognition and compensation for their work.
To self-direct your services under this waiver, you must:
The amount of compensation that family caregivers receive depends on several factors, such as:
If you are interested in applying for this waiver or finding out if you are eligible, please fill out this form, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We want to support you and your loved one on your caregiving journey.