How much should you pay an in-home caregiver?

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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?

45 comments Add your comment

dee

May 28th, 2010
2:57 pm

hello,im about to start work in a eledry home,night shifts,and the supervier there offer me 8.25$ per hour..what do you guys think>shoul i accept that?thank you so much

CHARLESTINE OZAKI

May 23rd, 2010
3:09 pm

I AM CARETAKER FOR A FAMILY MEMBER,HOW CAN I GET PAYED BY CARE FOR A FAMILY MEMBER 24HRS.A DAY.HE HAD 15 MILD STROKS AND HAS DIABETES.I DO GIVE SHOTS TO RICHARD T. OZAKI EVERY MORNING AT 7AM.

CHARLESTINE OZAKI

May 23rd, 2010
3:03 pm

I AM A CARETAKER FOR A FAMILY MEMBER HOW CAN I GET PAYED BY CARE FOR FAMILY MEMBER 24HRS EVERY DAY.HE HAD 15 MILD STROKS AND HAS DIABETES,I DO GIVE DIABETES SHOT TO HIM EVERY MORNING.HIS NAME IS RICHARD T. OZAKI.

amy

May 19th, 2010
11:09 pm

i am uncertified caregiver for 83 yr old lady with alzheimers and dimencia. she recently broke hip and she is still is suppose to stay in bed. how much should i get paid?
should i ask to be paid by hour or flat fee?
thankyou, amy

Rebecca

May 17th, 2010
10:31 pm

My husband was diagnoised with Alzheimer’s in 2007. I quit my job to care for him. When we told his sons and family he had alzheimers, we haven’t heard from them since. We have had to mortgage our house, use our credit cards and do without. We have pension accounts, but when the stock market failed, we lost our investments.

We can not afford $12.00 an hour. A CNA, big deal!!! What is that a 6 week course??? Yes, I know that it is. The really sad thing is, my husband worked his whole life very hard and supported his family. We put our children through college. We thought we would be able to enjoy retirement. I lose another part of my husband everyday. It hurts him. But he and others like him are your paycheck! I realize money pays the bills. Do you think these old people want to be treated like they don’t matter. Change your own diaper. That is where the real crap is. My husband is dying a slow and painful death. I’ll gladly give you $12.00 an hour if I can have my husband back.

If you don’t like your job, you can change jobs. I can not walk out on my husband. Neither can he can his diease. Shame on you!

MARIA

May 13th, 2010
12:55 pm

I also have many years of experience as a caregiver. For many years I worked with a company who hired out our services. We were not required to have a C.N.A. Lic. just car insurance if we would be transferring the client in our vehicle. As I said I worked there for a few years till I found out how much the company was being paid for my services. The company was charging $25.00 or more an hour depending on care needed. I on the other hand was make a little over $8.00 which is a little more then what minimum wage was. I was infuriated that I was working for this company for so little money, they were making so much money off of me. I quit immediately and went out on my own. I now charge a basic rate of $15.00 an hour and have never had a problem with negotiating my rate depending on care. I never get paid less than $12.50 an hour. For all the caregiver out there please don’t let yourselves be taken for a ride by company based Home-care providers and employers and those of you in need of care for a loved one please note that when negotiating a fair price for your individual situation, make sure you ask what the provider thinks she should get paid. Remember that a happy caregiver is more likely to enjoy her time spent with your loved one and not loathe every moment of it. I hope this can help someone, I wish I knew then what I know now. GOODLUCK!

Mary

May 7th, 2010
7:32 am

I work as a night shift caregiver with 15 residents in the home and it’s only me at night. The day shift caregivers make the same as me and there is two people on the shift. I am wrong to think that the night shift should make more money not only for the fact that i am alone in the facility and it’s more responsibility but also because it’s a night job??

Jesse

May 6th, 2010
7:42 pm

As a professional in the field I have learned you get what you pay for. Companies charge 20-25 per hour and pay 10-12. The best private caregivers charge 18-25 and are worth it.

Kristine Johnson

April 25th, 2010
3:53 am

The first thing you need to do is set some boundaries. This sounds more like a control issue, rather than a need for companionship. If some people can’t control their own lives as when they were young and healthy, they will control something around them. And that something is you. Think about it, if it were your own mother, you would not be sitting with her 24/7. You would care for her appropriately and interact with her often during the day, but not be by her side constantly. Because you are being paid for certain serves, does not mean that they have the right to except you to be by their side every moment of the day. This is not healthy for either one of you. Try to make yourself less available to them during the day. Take care of their needs and interact with them often during the shift but, if there is a second TV set in another room watch a program or two on that set. Do little things to give yourself some distance from that person. Try not to eat every meal with them or staying with them the entire time while they are eating. She may not like it, but go for a walk by yourself, read a book, take your time at the store, don’t be rushing around all of the time, have a personal project to do. Example: scrap-booking or painting, or whatever. You must still have your own life. Make sure you speak with your friends by phone almost daily, at church have your own friends to visit with at the potluck, and you can still be loving and keep a little distance between you and her. As for one day off every two weeks, this is not enough time. Most caregivers have relief even when they are live-in. Two days per week. You may want to start with one day every week. This may also be a money issue for her. But the fact is you are being underpaid and over worked. You should be making at least the same amount and have 1-2 days off per week. Even with caregivers, there are labor laws. I don’t know what state you live in and the labor laws are some what different in caregiver cases, but still slavery was abolished some time ago!!! You need to stand up for yourself and you can do this in a nice way. But really, she needs you more than you need her. There is always another caregiver job out there, even in this economy. This is just my opinion, but it comes out of years of experience of having worked in the field. Food for Thought God Bless You

Alla

April 22nd, 2010
3:23 pm

hi. i work with lady for 24 hours, she is 88 years old. i have only one day off in two weeks n she pays me only $600 a week. i have to cook, do housekeeping, laundry, ironing her cloth, grocery, to go with her to doctors, church, her friends. And i even can do nothing, she wants me to be with her whole day. so she wake up at 8am , go to bed at 11.20pm. can u help me somehow? what i have to do?