Family Caregivers

Compensation For Caregiving


Family caregivers provide unpaid care to their loved ones, and Colorado has some unique opportunities to be paid for some of their time spent caregiving. Eligibility varies across programs.

Getting Compensated

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) & 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 & Families

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

Family Caregiver as a CNA Supporting Agencies

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) 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.

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 by being hired by a Home Health agency and reimbursed via Medicaid (paid by agency).