How much should you pay an in-home caregiver?

caregiver for elderly

A co-worker of mine employs an in-home caregiver to help take care of her 80-year-old mother. The CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) is currently paid $12 per hour, 30 hours a week. Lately, the CNA has indicated she would like an increase in pay and hours. Unfortunately, due to the faltering economy, the family cannot pay any more than the current rate or provide the CNA with additional hours.

Do you think $12 an hour is a fair rate? Are you struggling to pay for outside help to provide caregiving services for your relatives?

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July 21st, 2010
7:18 pm

I am a caregiver and there is a great deal of responsibilities place upon a non-relative individual. But $12+ does not seem unreasonable. Most people can’t afford what it is worth. From experience I use an hourly rate for 3 to 12 hours, one lump overnight rate for up to 3 continuous 24 hours, and then a real discount rate for 4 to 7 continuous 24 hours I am negotiable. The need for care and the caregiver pay is a difficult thing for everyone. The lady/caregiver with the $200 a week … been there done that … may God especially bless you! I am negotiable if you need a care aide … give a email jingle. God bless you and yours.


July 21st, 2010
5:59 pm

I have to name an amount that I will be paid from Estate. I took care of my aunt for 1 yr. She was a very high acuity patient that required 24 hour care, she was not ambulatory and was incontinent of feces and urine. She also could not feed herself. I’m not sure wat to charge. I live in the state of Texas. Can you help?


July 11th, 2010
3:31 pm

2 years ago my 85 year old granny fell and now she is paralyzed. She’s very difficult to get along with. She was ordering hospital staff around like she was some queen. She’s a saavy business woman. She has 10 properties just sitting there not rented out. She doesn’t qualify for VA or Medicare/Medicaid…I don’t think. My two aunts cared for her for a total 1.5 years combined Now, I’m the next in line. I feel I need to go. I’m here in El Paso and she’s in San Antonio. My aunt was yelling at her because of some missing money. My 3 cousins live there all boys under age 25. They steal from her and leave her in dirty diapers. My granny can be a real control freak. We have a shaky past. I found out before her fall that she commited IRS fraud with my tax returns. She has always been there for me with support and I lived with her and she never asked for rent. Thing is she was double-dipping and adding dependents when I trusted her to do my tax returns. I live a simple life in El Paso with my husband and my dogs. My granny sent me money to drive to take care of her. I will be changing diapers and feeding her. I will also be setting things straight about our past. She said she will pay me in a Medina Lake property but I need to see that in writing first. Before I go to San Antonio I will want to know what my weekly salary will be for this and that. I’m going to be living there 24/7. I want 100 per week…

Eugene J

July 5th, 2010
4:01 am

Come to Warren, OH. Caregivers are paid min. wage ($7.25/hr.) and CNA’s get from $8.75 to $10.25/hr.


June 8th, 2010
7:12 pm

is this right or wrong

My bf passed away of 13 years i take care of his mother through ihss..she got a nice amount of money when he died..we all lived together, now its just me n her..i get paid for 62.2 hours monthly which is about maybe $520.00..She makes me give her $400.00 a month to live here without food..she yells at the top of her lungs wheres my money i’m broke as i said she got basically alot of money my bf worked for the city..actually had 2 city market etc..i would like to have some input on this as to help me in what is right or wrong on this situation..thank you :/