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Has anyone ever called a care giver that lists a higher pay then you can give?
By Mindye J. on Sat Jun 2, 2012 at 2:34 PM EDT
What was the response? Most in my area post 10 & up. Mindy
By Pauline R. on Fri May 22, 2015 at 1:47 AM EDT
I have sent my "ad" to those seeking more money per hour.. I'm looking for people for 12 hour shifts. I usually say something like, "I noticed that you are seeking a higher salary , Perhaps your interested. I've never sent an "inquiry" to someone seeking over 20 dollars an hour.

I've found it really difficult to find people just searching on my own. So many places no longer allow flyers, or posts. The lowest the database goes is 10 an hour. If you need to offer less due to your particular situation.. perhaps you can explain why .. and someone may be able to help.

I also recently chatted with a very qualified woman who was seeking more money. In the long run we agreed that it was not a good fit.
I hope you find a good person to help you.
By Jane H. on Tue Jun 2, 2015 at 7:09 PM EDT
One of my principles of business (which works in all of life, as well) is, "People cannot say 'yes' if you don't ask the question." So in a verbal encounter, by all means ask the question.

When posting a job, I always state the starting pay rate. I always recommend having a starting rate, which you can increase after a training or trial period, even if that increase is tiny. It's a way to give a pat on the back, a way to be a good employer.

Along that line, the federal government is moving toward improving working conditions for home care workers, and I'm all for it. If you get funding for your caregivers from a government or insurance source, join the effort. My state legislature just dealt with this issue, very poorly, I might add. Some of the organizations of people with disabilities had a big $10 Campaign. Yes, we were seeking a minimum wage of $10/hr. for the people who take care of the most vulnerable among us, the young, the old and the disabled. The best they could propose was a $0.14 increase. The bums.

Not only do I stay on top of these things; I encourage my attendants to get involved, too. I see them as highly valuable and their work very important, and I want them to know that. I know I would pay them more if I could; what I can do is keep trying to influence the folks holding the purse strings.