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    Looking to find out what a descent wage for attendant care is. Several times a week I need somone with me to help with exercise and some stuff around the house. What would be a descent wage for this? I was think anywhere from $10 to $15. Is this a good range?

  • #2
    It would also depend on the hours you were hiring them for and what their duties were.
    Daniel

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    • #3
      It depends on the wage rates in your area. While living in rural Nova Scotia, I was paying $10-15 and had no end of willing workers. But in Vancouver with its high cost of living, I train at $16 an hour for three months. Then it's $17-18 an hour. But I do have one long, long time employee making $20 an hour and she's worth every penny.

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      • #4
        Most of it is for after I work out. Need help in the locker room, driving home afterward. Some light duty house work. About 3 times a week 3-4 hrs.

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        • #5
          One hundred million dollars.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by northquad View Post
            one hundred million dollars.
            nice!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by NorthQuad View Post
              One hundred million dollars.
              I will work for you NorthQuad. That is a very generous wage that you pay. I can't do the work mself but am prepared to assemble and subcontract out a skilled team.

              medic1,
              Here is one strategy: You can call a few agencies and ask what they pay their personal support workers (pretend you are looking for work as one, they might not want to tell you how much they pay their PSWs if they think you are a potential client because then you will know that they are charging you an extra $10-15). This gives you an idea of how much to offer someone you hire.

              If you find someone good who you want to keep around then if you can offer to pay them a few more dollars per hour then the agencies pay they will be happier and more likely to stay instead of being lured away by the first job that offers more hours (it's hard to keep good staff at 3 shifts of 3-4 hours per week) or pay and you still save money compared to paying an agency. I would suggest leaving yourself a little breathing room so that you can "reward" a good worker with a small raise if you need to keep them interested.

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              • #8
                try a couple dollars over the minumum wage. General rule is the more you pay the better help you get but not always the case. Be sure to check background & references. I pay 10.00 per hour.

                Good Luck

                David
                David

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                • #9
                  I would say

                  $8.00 - $8.50

                  Depends on work hx related to your needs. Lots of people in need of work. Check references and be careful.
                  Lynarrd Skynyrd Lives

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Van Quad View Post
                    It depends on the wage rates in your area. While living in rural Nova Scotia, I was paying $10-15 and had no end of willing workers. But in Vancouver with its high cost of living, I train at $16 an hour for three months. Then it's $17-18 an hour. But I do have one long, long time employee making $20 an hour and she's worth every penny.
                    Here the wage is $ 22 an hour for the PA without education. After 2 years they get $ 24. But Oslo is the second expensive city in the world after Tokio. That is the minimum wage for all jobs.
                    TH 12, 43 years post

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by FreeBird View Post
                      $8.00 - $8.50

                      Depends on work hx related to your needs. Lots of people in need of work. Check references and be careful.
                      Do you actually find PCAs for that kind of wage in CA? We don't. We pay those with no previous experience who don't do bowel and bladder care starting at $12/hour, going up to $16/hour for those who have a lot of experience and do bowel/bladder (that include the attendant who has been working for my mother for 9 years now).

                      Even IHSS pays $8.75/hour in my area, but it is hard to find people who take that kind of money considering you are not providing any benefits at all.

                      (KLD)
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                      • #12
                        I just use a PA for an hour or hour and a half 2-3 times a week. Agencies here start people at about $9.00. Agency PAs do not work in my situation because agencies have a minimum charge for 3-4 hours. Moreover, they charge $20-$25 but pay the PAs $9. I start my PAs at $12, but pay $18 minimum for the first hour even if the actual time is less than an hour. Any time over an hour is then paid at $3 for each 15 minutes. I do this because they do spend time commuting.

                        I try to get people who are working in hospitals, and other places who are looking to supplement their income. They have had background checks and experience. Still, there is a constant turnover and I am constantly recruiting. Advertising is the worst way to get people here in the city. You get all the addicts and alcoholics that have been fired by HC facilities/agencies. The nearby VA has a shortage of nurse techs because most of the applicants fail the required drug test. Sad.

                        Even in this time when the unemployment rate is 12 percent around here, I have not been able to find someone to wash and wax my van for $60...not even a teenager. To do a good job it takes about 4 hours.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by SCIfor55yrs. View Post
                          I just use a PA for an hour or hour and a half 2-3 times a week. Agencies here start people at about $9.00. Agency PAs do not work in my situation because agencies have a minimum charge for 3-4 hours. Moreover, they charge $20-$25 but pay the PAs $9. I start my PAs at $12, but pay $18 minimum for the first hour even if the actual time is less than an hour. Any time over an hour is then paid at $3 for each 15 minutes. I do this because they do spend time commuting.

                          I try to get people who are working in hospitals, and other places who are looking to supplement their income. They have had background checks and experience. Still, there is a constant turnover and I am constantly recruiting. Advertising is the worst way to get people here in the city. You get all the addicts and alcoholics that have been fired by HC facilities/agencies. The nearby VA has a shortage of nurse techs because most of the applicants fail the required drug test. Sad.

                          Even in this time when the unemployment rate is 12 percent around here, I have not been able to find someone to wash and wax my van for $60...not even a teenager. To do a good job it takes about 4 hours.
                          In Texas depending on what program you are on if you are on one. You can opt to bypass the agency by getting on CDS and pay them more money. If you are able to hire someone and do the required checking & complete the application then why have an agency?
                          That's more money going directly for caregivers and not an agencies bottom line.
                          One can find someone for less money but in most cases the more you pay the better caregiver you will get. They will feel more appreciated and stay longer in most cases. NOT ALL CASES!!! but most. Not all people care to work in a hospital or instituton it can be very demanding because of the patient to caregiver ratio.
                          I am glad I do not have to pay 18.00 to 22.00 per hour to find a decent caregiver. That must be one heck of a caregiver.
                          It is a shame most do fail drug test. Also you have to watch your medications if you have them. Just because a person passes a UA or background does not mean they will not steal. Sometimes it can be hard to find a good PCA no matter what you do. You just do not give up.

                          Thanks,

                          David
                          Last edited by reedyd; 08-24-2009, 07:41 PM.

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