Compensation for Caregiving

Many family caregivers providing unpaid care for their relative or loved one with special needs may have the opportunity to be reimbursed or paid for some of their time spent caregiving. Such opportunities may benefit the primary caregiver and family unit. Family caregivers are sometimes unable to work, or must work reduced hours, because of the care their loved one requires.

Being compensated for caregiving allows family caregivers to support themselves and their family. Eligibility and care type supported by each program differs. Family caregivers and the individual receiving care should carefully consider their options and discuss in depth with their support network and care manager if possible. 

For Health First Colorado Members (Colorado's Medicaid Program) and their Families 

  • Family Caregiver
  • Family Member as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • In Home Support Services (IHSS) Attendant
  • Pediatric Personal Care
  • Consumer Directed Attendant Support Services (CDASS)

For Veterans and their Families

  • Veteran-Directed Home and Community-Based Services (VD-HCBS)
  • Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers Program

Turn to page 46 of our Respite Navigation Guide to learn more about these options, including where to go to get set up:

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Family Caregiver as a CNA Supporting Agencies

Certified nursing assistants can provide skilled care with activities of daily living (ADLs). Colorado permits family caregivers that become a CNA to be reimbursed through a licensed home care agency to provide CNA-level care through Colorado Medicaid or Colorado Medicaid Waivers. The following home health agencies can help caregivers pay for their CNA qualification and hire family and/or friends to care for their loved ones. The Colorado Respite Coalition does not endorse or suggest any particular agency over another. 

Team Select Home Care: If you are a parent, family member, or friend and your loved one qualifies for CNA care you may be eligible to attend our CNA course and get certified at no cost to you, to be able to get paid to take care of your loved one. Contact Mark Prussin at (720) 577-1804 to find out more details about our potentially life changing program.
PASCO Home Health: Family members can attend an accredited Ceritifed Nursing Assistant school paid for by PASCO for primary caregiver and one back-up provider, becoming an employee of PASCO. There is also the option of being matched with an existing CNA for care assistance. Contact (303) 233-3122 for more information.

MGA Home Healthcare: Specializing in pediatric care (birth to 21 years) MGA will pay for the upfront costs of CNA school and then have the family caregiver pay that fee back incrementally through paychecks. Contact 303-749-0424 for more information.

Non-CNA Employed Family Caregiver Supporting Agencies

Through the Family Caregiver Act, family members who are not a CNA may also provide care for their loved one. Similar to the Family Member as a CNA model, family caregivers are hired by a Home Health agency and reimbursed via Medicaid (paid by agency).  

Apex Caring Services: Will hire family caregivers of individuals using either the C-HCBS, EBD, or SCI waivers, to provide paid care for their loved one(s). In most cases, Apex can provide similar hours to caregivers who have not completed the CNA course, as those who utilize this route. Contact Todd Daniels at (303) 501-0461 for more information. 


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