March 18, 2011
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Most people who take care of an older relative do it for free - either because they have to, or they want to, or both. It may sound odd to even consider the idea that an older person might pay someone they love to look after them. But a growing minority of family caregivers is paid to do the job. I talked to the Fowler family in Ogallala, Nebraska for this piece - a real treat. Their payment arrangement is informal. But lawyers and the AARP advise family members to sign a so-called personal care contract to avoid running into problems with eachother - and Medicaid - later on. A slightly different version of this story also aired on VOA News.