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    #16
    Originally posted by SurfCat
    What do you think we should do?!
    Keep her while you interview several others, get a feel for what type of people are applying, and/or if you find someone you think is good for the job then let her go. If you dont find what your "looking for" well then she'll still be around unless its so dire she'll break your bank at $3 more per hour.

    I currently pay privately $13 to $14/hr and in the past have paid $24 first hr and $12 each hour after that. That was when I had just got off Ohio Medicaid and had Independant Providers and was beginning the search for people privately after getting off Medicaid. Good luck.

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      #17
      Looking for Possible employer

      Hello, I am interested into caregiving position. Is anyone here looking for great one? I graduated as a BS Physical Therapy,under license. Presently looking for employer who is interested into sponsorship program. This is for live-in, I dont have any prefer places as long as you can assist and provide all necessary documents needed. I can start work as soon as i get my permit.
      For my salary you can approach me. I didnt ask for a high one as long as we are both satisfied.

      If you are interested!Please feel free to inform me...My e-mail: soul_can@yahoo.com.....Thank you

      I am looking forward to hear from you..

      REgards,
      Angelo
      "It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving"

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        #18
        Surfcat - price is only an issue in absence of value.

        If your pca is as valuable as you have indicated then $18 is a bargain.

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          #19
          is this right or wrong

          My bf passed away of 13 years ..now 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 jobs..money market etc..i would like to have some input on this as to help me in what is right or wrong on how i feel in this situation..thank you :/

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            #20
            How does she qualify for IHSS if she has "a lot of money"?? Is she fraudulently reporting her income or assets to the state?

            IHSS employers are not required to provide free room and board to their PCAs. $400/month in CA is pretty cheap rent.

            The state and county set the payment rate/hour for IHSS workers. It varies by county, but is usually around or just a little over minimum wage (which is about where you are now), and in most counties there are no benefits (insurance, etc.).

            What is her disability?? Does she have a dementia? Have you considered looking for another PCA job (live in or not) instead? There are other people looking for attendants.

            (KLD)
            The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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              #21
              it's worth looking for a replacement if you're getting strong armed for a raise. I agree with lizbv,...keep the caregiver and look for a replacement. Personally, after 17 yrs of paying caregivers I know the feeling/fear of changing only to find the replacement worked out better. Over time caregivers get complacent and do less/poor work but want more $$ THEN the new hire works harder for less $$ - DON'T FEAR CHANGE

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                #22
                anyone can be replaced do not let any one blackmail you

                why are we on this old thread??

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                  #23
                  These wages seem quite low. Imagine trying to survive on these wages? That wouldn't cut it in the NY metro area. If someone else pays, you have no choice. If you do, then you need to consider your financial resources, rate of burn, investment return (if any), age, dependents, etc.. Then you can establish a upper limit. How you progress someone along to that limit depends on loyalty, safety, security, quality, etc. You don't want to peak too soon. You can also stay a bit lower and give quarterly or semi-annual bonuses depending on performance and your financial situation. Once you establish a new salary, you're locked in, unlike bonuses.

                  But always consider how much the caregiver depends on your salary for survival and how much you can afford the extra, say $20/week. Sounds small but 20/week is 1000/year, not inconsequential, especially in today's very poor investing environment.

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                    #24
                    I was a care giver for seniors suffering with Alzheimer's and dementia for three years, and I loved it. Because of the pay rates, I chose to go into medical assisting instead. I'm very sad because it came down to money and being able to survive. I too live in Orange County and have a young daughter. Her father passed away so it is just is. If you look at what a caregiver really does, I believe the pay should be much higher. Heavy lifting, assisting with continence issues, feeding, bed soars, fall risks, vitals, bringing joy into their lives, maintaining their integrity, and with Alzheimer's/dementia there are the emotional demands and patience that goes along with the mood swings, possible outbursts or physical attacks. I started at $10 and after three years only went to 11.25. I loved my clients so much. I loved helping them and making their days brighter. I wish I could get paid to do what I love so much, but a months pay only covers daycare costs and a little gas and food. Many times I got pinched nerves in my back, and because you get attached, it is very hard when they pass away. I think one needs to think about the whole picture that is involved in the care of a loved one. You entrust a person with their life, and quality of life, and it is quite hard work. If I could make $15 an hour as a starting point that would be ideal. I still would not be able to afford my own apartment, even a one bedroom, but at least I could provide quality care to seniors in need and still be able to provide for my family. God bless.

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                      #25
                      10.00 a hr 2 hr 3 times a week. but mine she does light house keeping help me transfer to bath chair and standing frame

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                        #26
                        Amazing, this thread was started in 2005 and rates have stayed the same or even gone down.

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                          #27
                          Mine went from $295 to $345 cdn.
                          www.worldonwheels.ca

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                            #28
                            i would just explain to your attendant that's all you can afford...if she cares she will understand.

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                              #29
                              I pay the one who has been with me 3 1/2 years $18 an hour and the one who has been with me 2 years $15.

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                                #30
                                Originally posted by christopher View Post
                                Mine went from $295 to $345 cdn.
                                Given the change in the USD-CDN exchange rate her rate has gone down (in US dollars)

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