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Welcome to CareNotes. In this special section we will feature a reader's letter and provide an opportunity for an interactive exchange that will help find some answers and possible solutions to concerns. If you wish to respond to this letter, simple follow the link provided at the end of the letter and add your comments and thoughts to our CareNotes Board.
  

This Week's Carenote - 2/18/14

 

The caregiver for my parents was hired when my dad was still walking with a walker and pretty much caring for himself. My mom has dementia. Now, my dad is wheelchair bound and needs much more assistance, and my mom still has the dementia issues. We hired the caregiver a year ago for $12.50 an hour. We want to give her a raise, given the increased work load, but don't know how much.
Any ideas, please.

Deb


Caregivers Reply



Shared by: Sandi
Fargo
2/18/14

Deb....how wonderful that you are thinking of the hired caregiver! I would suggest that you call a local Home Health Agency and ask their rates for certified nursing assistants and homemakers. Your note does not say if the caregiver is certified, bonded, or with an agency. If with an agency, the payment has to go as billed. You can give gift cards (gas, groceries, etc) however to the individual (in most states). A lot of this depends on the individuals education level and personal health also. Question: are your parents safe in their home? Falls happening? Getting lost? Do you need to re-evaluate their situation and consider assisted living or nursing home care? Irrespective of any other answer to any question when caregiving for elderly parents is: SAFETY. It is the trump card for any other decision. Good luck!


Shared by: Joe
Kittery, ME
2/18/14

I take care of my mother, she has MS, I wish that I could be paid for it. Give her as much as you can. She will be happy, just explain that you would like to do more but you can't right now.








 

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