Keep peace among family members
Having a caregiver agreement in place helps minimize battles among siblings and family members over the handling of an ailing loved one.
"It's a way of alleviating some, but not all, of the conflict among family members about who is doing the caregiving," Matthews says.
Often, an adult child who lives near a parent takes on the role of caregiver.
Other siblings and family members will be able to view the personal-care contract and understand the extent of caregiving being provided as well as the amount being paid by the care recipient.
"The existence of the contract helps elevate the validity of the arrangement," says Howard S. Krooks, a partner at Elder Law Associates PA in Boca Raton, Florida, and Of Counsel to Amoruso & Amoruso LLP in Westchester County, New York. "Anybody looking at it will see you did all those things, and that's exactly what Mom and Dad wanted."