Being Paid to be a Family Caregiver
The DES Division of Aging and Adult Services offers non-medical home and community based services and supports for individuals that qualify through our aging contactors, the local Area Agencies on Aging (AAA). Caregiver support services may also be provided through the local Area Agency on Aging.
The DES 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. We are often asked the question about being “paid” to be a caregiver to someone in need. The only organization that has such a plan in place is the Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS), this program is located in a different state department than the Department of Economic Security, and is the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), Arizona’s state Medicaid System. In order to potentially be eligible for this program, the person requiring care must already be receiving or is eligible to receive benefits and services under ALTCS programs and services. Then at which point the caregiver wishing to provide the care technically would apply to become an employee of one of AHCCCS/ALTCS contracted home health care agencies, after passing a rigorous screening and eligibility process themselves. Below is a link to the AHCCCS/ALTCS office locator. The application process is started by calling the local AHCCCS/ALTCS office and they will take it from there. Please call the AHCCCS/ALTCS program at (602) 417-6600 or visit their website locater online at the following link: ALTCS Offices