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How much does companion care usually cost?

User
June 24, 2018

I'd like to hire a caregiver for my mother, but she doesn't need an in-home nurse or any medical care. How much would it cost to hire someone just to help her go on errands, take her to her piano lessons and keep her company during the week?

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Although the agencies may charge clients that, that is not the amount going to the home health aide directly. It is best to pay the worker directly. And I disagree with postings saying you get what you pay for. Many qualified people will work for less then $15 simply bc they enjoy the clients.

15.00_20.00 hr is what most clients have payed

Susan Alexander
Oct. 31, 2018

I think care givers are worth much more. It is a disservice to you and all workers to settle for a low wage. I think 18.00 to 20.00 is reasonable.

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User in Hamilton, OH
Oct. 30, 2018

I agree with the above answer. That is, depends on the economy and location. Here in the midwest, Ohio, standard rate for an agency is $19.00 - 20.00/hr if three or more hours. If anything less, plan on paying around $25.00/hour. I too have extensive background and experience. I decided to charge accordingly, that is more for anything that involves personal care I charge more per hour. If just errands and light housework I charge less. Anywhere from $10.00 - $15.00/hour. Keep in mind it is very competitive and people are still looking for a deal if not going through a company. I do tell my clients I have a four hour minimum to make it worth my time. I hope this helps.

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Geri in Ashland, MA
Feb. 7, 2019

My friend- client passed away last Monday.   I took care of he and his wife. She passed away 4 1/2 years ago.  I took care of him till he went into the hospital and rehab.  9 1/2 years  At first they paid me $50.00 plus 5 for gas.  I mostly did laundry light housekeeping at that time.  As things changed.  I started going there 3 mornings a week. Then 5 when the Mrs started to fail.   

I was paid $20.00 an hour    I started to do everything, help them shower, cooking and preparing meals , organized their Meds. Laundry, changed linens, ironed,cleaned.  Bathrooms, floors dusted Took them to stores Dr appointments  whatever was needed  I became part of their family  He and I became dear friends   

I am am an Independent Contractor I will be asking for $25 an hour for next clients.   I took care of a Parkinson's patient for a few years before. I worked for a company.  I worked my butt off for $10.25. Never again. 

How do you find jobs Word of mouth or postings

Susan Alexander
Oct. 31, 2018

Good thoughts.

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User in Groton, CT
March 16, 2019

Most caregivers that I know charge $20 per hour plus .50 per mile if they are driving places. I agree with Erin, you get what you pay for in most cases. I would be wary of someone who would be willing to work for less than $15. It can be tough finding a balance, what you can afford and getting excellent care. I wish you well and hope you find the perfect one!

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User in Maryville, TN
March 8, 2019

Im a caregiver that has 10 years work experience with the elderly. I work 730pm to 730am 6 nights a week. They told me that the rate will be $60 nightly that comes to $5 per hour. I have been telling them that Im not happy and I think the should give me a raise. They said the reason Im getting paid $60 is because I sleep over here. Im still on call though. Sometimes she wakes up 3 to 4 times in the night to go to bathroom, ect. I really enjoy working with this elderly lady and its sad that her family doesnt want to pay for good care??? Well...something has to change, I either get a raise and stay(which is what I hope) Or I might have to find work elsewhere. Please tell me what you would charge for overnight care 730am-730pm 12 hours. Thank you Darla

You should be charging at least $10 per hour. With your experience though it should be more like $12 - $15.

Cindy in Warren, MI
Dec. 23, 2017

I'm with an agency now and occasionally do a 24 hour shift and get a flat rate of $150....FOR AN ENTIRE DAY! So yea, $6.50/hr just don't cut it for me! Like you said, even though they sleep, whether they get up once, twice or not at all, we (the caregivers) should still be looking in on them occasionally. So.....this is why I am here on Care.com! Just because I enjoy what I do, I still have to get the bills paid! Good luck to you! !

Betty in Trenton, SC
Feb. 2, 2018

I live in rural south.... I will not work overnight for less than $10 per hour. How I justify it to people is you are paying for the peace of mind knowing that if anything were to be needed I am here. You will not be disturbed, your loved one will be well taken care of so goodnight.

I agree with Cindy. For overnight Iget a flat rate between 150-180 per night. You still have to be on call all night so "sleep" is not an option. I wouldn't do it for less than $12-14 an hour at least. Good luck

In NYC at at Right at home Agency i recently did an 8pm-8am shift that paid 14.09 an hour. Live in is flat rate $251 for 24 hrs. Your pay is unacceptable. Find another agency or work privately. I understand not wanting to work private if your older and need work on the books. When I was younger I did private. I also became a CNA which was a waste of time for me because in my city HAH and CNA get paid the same unless in a hospital and unionized.

I worked as a live in for 1-1/2 years caring for a lady with Alzheimer's. Eventually, her children put her in a 6 bed care facility close to a daughter's home. I charged $150 per day and after 4 months, the family raised my pay to $175. I did housework, laundry, cooked meals, errands, Dr appts, etc. I also had use of a vehicle for all outings. The family always had $300 in the house for when we went out to eat, the movies, groceries, stores, etc.

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All agencies charge clients $21.50 an hour. If you are an experienced stna and have an extensive background in your field you should charge accordingly for your services. You have to be careful people will try to take advantage of you and under charge you.

Cindy in Warren, MI
Dec. 23, 2017

I currently work for an agency and on average, they charge $25/hr and up. My uncle just hired an agency just for a few hours a week and they're charging him $35/hr.!!

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Hi I am a Care Giver. I charge according to what each case involves.

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User in Watsonville, CA
March 19, 2019

I have been a care provider for the past 10 years and have accepted many different pay rates some weekly, hourly or salary based for live in Care. The best advice I can give is when hiring keep in mind that your loved one may not need much hands on care now and more companionship but this can and will change with time so leave room to adjust the rate of pay accordingly. If the care plan changes I believe it's only fair the rate of pay should as well 😊

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User in Le Mars, IA
Dec. 4, 2018

Hiring privately does put the Client in the position of an employer and is therefore responsible for workmans comp. , payroll taxes, and liability and disability insurance.

Susan Alexander
Oct. 31, 2018

Not if you are a private contractor

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User in Sedalia, MO
May 24, 2018

Depending on how many hours of service. If it is only part time 3 - 4 hours a day the fee is usually a little higher at 14 or 15 per hour or you can pay per visit for less hours. Appox $30.00 per visit. If it is full time 8 hours a day it is usually 10 - 12 per hour. This is for a private Home Health Caregiver. You will pay up to 18 per hour though a Company such as a Home Health Agency.

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User in Spokane, WA
May 24, 2018

I am a caregiver with an extensive background and work history. The cost of care depends a lot on the economy of your location. Recently I lived in a rural area where 10.00 an hour was the norm. Now I am in a larger city where 12.00 - 15.00 is more typical. Finding a good personal match is most important. For light care, you might be able to find someone just getting into the field for a little less.

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User in Severn, MD
Sept. 3, 2018

I had good experiences with hiring persons for less than 15 an hour. Which is all I can afford. Our caretaker and past caretakers were hardworking, reliable, and genuine. Unfortunately, we do not have long term insurance and pay out of pocket. So, the companies are too expensive and prefer folks whom have insurance. Ultimately, I heard that these companies pay less than that to their employees. I prefer to choose the caretaker.

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User in Homestead, FL
Feb. 28, 2019

I have always charged a minimum of $15.00 per hour for my services. Overnight stays I charged a flat rate.

Carlye, what is the average flat rate for overnight? I am new to this and looking to be a caregiver in my community. I have no professional experience/certificates, but have much personal experience with aging/disabled family. Is there anything important I need to know/do to help me find work?

User in Larkspur, CO
April 10, 2018

would like to know opinions ere: a 'flat rate' for night,

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User in Longview, WA
March 5, 2019

Companion care doesn't have to be costly. It depends on what services the person will provide. If it is more along the side of grown-up nannying, meaning playing cards and cooking for them, shopping and going out to eat, a lower price is absolutely justified and appropriate. Like $10-$15 / hour. Senior Aid, like someone with Dementia, Parkinson's and Alzheimers, even in the beginning stages, puts a lot of stress on the caregiver as you try to manage someone while respecting their boundaries, so $15-25 / hour (depending on your budget, the hours needed, and the services requested) is appropriate. Regarding taxes, you can pay privately with consent of the caregiver bypassing taxes or you can go through HomePay by Care.com and they will do the dirty work for you and your caregiver. https://www.care.com/homepay/n...

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I'm in California... Clients know and "TRUST" me with everything!! $20 an hour at least.

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I would also say 15.00$ per hour. Anything less will get you a substandard caregiver in the area

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User in Stuart, FL
Nov. 18, 2017

In make $16 an hour doing overnights for mainly one elderly and keeping an eye on her Husband suffering dementia. The family was being charged $21.50 per hour per patient by a Caregiver service. So they were paying $43.00 and hour and decided to hire me through Care.com. the next job I will charge $19 an hour for overnights!

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User in Galway, NY
Nov. 18, 2017

Agencies charge a ridiculous amount per hr ranging from $19-$25 per hour depending on what is required. In my experience working in private homes of many clients along with agency, agency aides are very limited on what they can do and some won't do what they are required and requested. Also sometimes they don't send the same aide as with hiring your own private aide/companion- your loved one will have a consistent aide which will make it easier for them. Depending on what's services are required along with the aide experience, the pay range is usually between $15-25 hr. I would be Leary of someone wanting only $10 unless they have no experience. The great thing with care.com is that you can request a background check on a potential person your interested in hiring.

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Katie in Leesburg, FL
March 7, 2019

Marie from FL, I feel the same way only I'm a caregiver. Caregivers have the choice to pay monthly to be able to contact potential clients. This is the second time trying to see if I have more luck. Unfortunately, I have a serious problem when you call headquarters and had to listen to automated recordings, which I did today. The last time I spent 40.00 for 3 months and not one client. There web site needs some work, make it easier to navigate,, which it is not. Good luck to you.

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My wife gets paid private duty for just standing by for safety,light cleaning, and meal prep 9-4 monday through friday and gets paid 400 a week.

That's exactly what I am looking for, maybe a few days a week.

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User in Bronx, NY
Nov. 12, 2017

I still see agencies paying $8.25 in my state which is NY; which I believe is against the law because it's $10 a hour that caregiver has to receive. If I had a case on my own I would only charge $10.

how many hours would you require and would you come to Queens. Do you have valid drivers license?

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Beby in Newark, NJ
June 4, 2018

I'm a caregiver with 4 years experience and now I work only 6 hours for 7 days, I charge them $15 per hour

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User in Stratford, CT
Nov. 16, 2017

Normally cost 15 per hour on up depending on the care. I wish you the best. Enjoy your holidays.

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The fee of 10.00 -15.00 a hour and that depends on the needs of the patient on a daily or night basic

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User in Rochester, NY
March 23, 2015

We are not through an agency, so those hourly rates do not concern us. Also, believing a law exist as opposed to stating true facts does not help the person with a question. So please, as in any case, be knowledgeable before responding.

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How do I change hourly rate? Can't find the option? Is there anyway to chat with customer service live?

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I am a private in home caregiver. I believe we are all underpaid. I realize for myself, I do this work for the love of it, but we all need to make a living. Please know if we are willing to accept 10:00 - 15:00 an hour, that is not sustainable if you are the only person bringing home money. I believe that as a private caregiver, I took the time to become very education in elder care, and I went to several classes to educate myself. Because my resume states all of this, and I am extremely dependable and have alot of common sense regarding all of this, my rates are between $25.00 and $35.00 per hour. Remember we all need to pay taxes out of this money. I do not charge them for mileage if I need to take my client anywhere. Remember this is your time. We are all fundamentally a very underpaid organization, and if people are paid what they think they are worth then it is a win win. Agencies charge clients between $35.00 - $65.00 per hour, just for alot of administrative fees. All I am encouraging is why take a job for 13 and hour and be unhappy about it. I give my clients so much more, I treat them to little things, I am able to be much more flexible because of the environment. My clients will call me on off hours and I am absolutely happy to help them. Sometimes I will stop by and drop off something they may need. I realize that every situation is different, but when people are paid what they feel they are worth they feel good about themselves. If a client pays you the least amount they can, remember that that is unfair to you. I realize overnight is much different and would just give a flat rate. Saying all this I realize I am from Washington State, and that is a very thriving economy, and you need to remember where you are and what people are willing to pay. We are a Village of great Caregivers and we need to stick together. One day at a time. Debbie

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treating clients with love is essential i understand that man created money to drive the universe thus making it so we have to depend on this to live and pay bills... i know it seems unfair but this is what we have... currently... we have no more barter systems that will have order or fairness unless it will take care of all our expenses...everything is fair if providing a service that can help someone enhance their daily activities or help make them live a life full of comfort and joy and contentment ...so when we provide a service to help others live a better care free life let us care givers help and understand that its a great thing to pay a fair fee so everyone can take care of their needs for family and home lets negotiate have a great day

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I think the wage should be based on the person's qualifications. I hired a caregiver who is not a nurse to drive my mother and be a companion for her at the Senior Center. Since I work, I am unable to do this myself. I would not pay $20+ an hour for this service. I would be willing to pay $20+ and hour for a registered nurse. Fortunately, mom isn't in need of medical assistance. I did ask the company how much they would charge for nights (in case I needed to go out of town). I was told the same hourly fee. I would never pay that much for someone to sleep at my home (keep in mind, mom only needs the company, no assistance). Their total charge for a month (weekdays, 24 hours) for a non-medical person is almost $7000. Wow! For that mom could live in a retirement or assisted living center.

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I made $10 per hour through an agency 20 years ago working in California. It makes me sad to see caregivers expected to receive so little today. My private duty fees are between $15-25, with the $15 being for pretty basic duties. I will charge $25 for more involved care such as dementia.

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Lori in Oxnard, CA
June 24, 2018

In CA the rate is $25-27 per Hr with an Agency. Private independant caregiver $15-20 per Hr. overnights $200-300 agency will charge $500 per overnight. only pay the caregiver $150 and $12-14 per hr. No matter what you agree on the CA state law is time and a half after 9 hrs. Not withstanding any other agreement. you can actually sue an agency and a private home owner for back wages owed. Clients need to be aware of the laws. as well as caregivers.

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i'm trying to hire a Caregiver, bit this site has everything BUT how to contact her!!!

Dana in Brighton, CO
Jan. 9, 2018

I’m having the same issue!!

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I agree that agencies does charge more than the worker actually receives . My name is Lotacha and I have been in this field since 1999 and I have worked for agencies ,nursing homes , hospitals, and families . I charge $25.00 for less between 1-4 hours per day but for 8 hours or more $16.00 the cost of living in Houston ,Texas is constantly rising. I would suggest for you and the caregiver to negotiate a fair amount according to job duties. I also believe that a caregiver can offer better care when working with less than 13 clients at a time. In home care is much easier for the client to feel that they still have some control.

I have been a care provider for the past 10 years and have accepted many different pay rates some weekly, hourly or salary based for live in Care. The best advice I can give is when hiring keep in mind that your loved one may not need much hands on care now and more companionship but this can and will change with time so leave room to adjust the rate of pay accordingly. If the care plan changes I believe it's only fair the rate of pay should as well 😊

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User in Lemoore, CA
March 19, 2016

In California. If it's private duty and not under any agency it will be $15-$20per hr . If it's only an hour visit like a shower it's $40 for private duty.

Geri in Ashland, MA
Oct. 8, 2017

Thank you. I was wondering about if you just went there to shower thevclient.

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Beby in Newark, NJ
June 30, 2017

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I own a home health agency and the rate I would charge is 16-19 per hour for companion care. When hiring a caregiver, it is necessary to do a background check, sex offender registry screen, and drug test. You should also check their previous work references. It is important that these checks are done for the safety of the patient. If care requires incontinence care the rate is 22-24 per hour. I hope this information helps.

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User in Malone, NY
March 29, 2016

When i started in elderly care i was only charging 8.00 hours this was 20 years ago. Now I charge from 13-to 15 dollars an hour as things have change and I do more then is require in job description. But there or time I have drop those rates to keep the love ones home instead of a nursing home.

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I live in Wilmington DE normally about 10 to 15.00 per hour, that way you can get someone who will enjoy. Coming to work, that not it for me, I love working with the elderly

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User in Eatontown, NJ
March 13, 2015

In NJ an agency will charge $20/hr b/c they perform annual extensive background checks and drug tests and insure and bond their employees, as they should. If a caregiver is willing to provide those services as well then they can charge accordingly. If you are looking for less formal assistance, then try asking neighbors, friend from church or ask around. You will be surprised how many people are willing to help a senior around the house, usually another senior. Good luck

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