In Oregon, family members can get paid for caregiving. Seniors and their loved ones can take advantage of Medicaid programs, tax incentives and additional veterans’ initiatives designed to support healthy aging at home. Various agencies also offer caregiver support and education. 

What Types of Payment Are Available to Family Caregivers in Oregon?

In Oregon, a few Medicaid programs allow recipients to pay family members for their care. One is the Independent Choices Program, or the 1915(j). Family members, friends or professionals can be paid for their caregiving through this initiative if they meet program requirements. The Independent Choices Program can cover the cost of medical supplies and other health-related support. 

Some programs open to veterans can provide further support. The Veteran Directed Care program allows veterans to hire their own caregivers with the assistance of a case manager. People caring for an aging or disabled relative in Oregon may also be eligible for a tax credit of up to $500 per dependent.

Where Can Family Caregivers Find Support?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around one-fifth of Oregon residents provide regular care to a family member or friend. Area Agencies on Aging are designed to support aging adults and the people who care for them. Social workers and case managers at this organization can provide education, information and referrals to trusted resources. Sixteen Area Agencies on Aging are located in Oregon. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers through which respite and mental health counseling are available for family caregivers.