Define caregiving relationship
A 2009 Evercare survey placed the value of services family caregivers provide for "free" at an estimated $375 billion a year, almost twice as much as the amount spent on home care and nursing home services combined.
A detailed caregiver agreement makes clear the extent of the services being provided by a family caregiver and the amount of money the caregiver is getting paid, Caring.com's Matthews says.
"Everybody knows exactly what the terms are," Matthews says.
Agreeing to a personal-care contract is a good way for the caregiver and care recipient to iron out the terms of the relationship.
"The parent knows what to expect the child to do, and there's a limit," Matthews says. "It sets boundaries."