Re: benefits for caregivers?
AS a social worker, I can tell you that there isn't any program that will benefit or pay a family member for taking care of another family member. Caring for each other is the expectation especially when it is family. On the other hand, you can apply for Family Medical LEave (FMLA) through you employer (it's a Federal law) that will allow you to take time away from work and secure your job. However, it will not "pay" you if you're not working.
Obivously, you can see the problem if people decided to take time off to care for family members and wanted to bill the state or the federal government. Right?