Compensate private caregiver during COVID-19
To compensate your caregiver is a personal choice. Here are some of the reasons you might want to really consider it if your caregiver is out of work due to the coronavirus.
Some considerations before you compensate your private caregiver
- Length of time in position and degree of reliability, loyalty, and innovativeness of your caregiver.
- There is no way of telling how long some private caregivers in certain locations will be told that they are not allowed to enter Public and Private Residences
- If you wish to find a way to hold on to your caregiver, then now is the time to take measures to ensure they have the support they need to get through this, and be there for your loved one(s) at the end of this pandemic.
For the many private caregivers who are dedicated and go above and beyond for their senior clients, it is sad to report that they are often quickly cut off emotionally and financially by the family members when a senior loved one dies, or an unprecedented situation such as this one (Coronavirus), and your caregiver is not permitted to enter a senior home.
Yes, it is a paid position to be a formal caregiver for seniors, but caregivers also get to know the senior they provide assistance for on a very personal level, and are committed to their client(s). The entire world coming to a halt was not what any of us could have predicted.
Most caregivers can get through a two week period at the most without an income, but months?? This is going to be very hard on your caregiver financially.
COVID-19 Compensate Caregiver Options- How can you help your caregiver during this time?
Send 50% of what you normally do (average last three months) in order to retain your caregivers services
Send advance payment for services in the future.
**As the owner of this site, and a private caregiver myself I can assure you that every bit of financial assistance counts for a caregivers that are suddenly out of work. Some private caregivers are not covered with unemployment insurance, or business insurance. I can not stress enough to make sure that it is so important to not forget the people whom have helped you and cared for your seniors loved one(s). Your caregiver did not quit, they are simply temporarily out of work.
The last invoice from the caregiver does not have to be awkward
You can send send a note expressing your gratitude and ask that your caregiver to send the last invoice so that you can settle up. Hold off on sending your tip until you receive invoice, only then should send a tip with the final amount. If you send the tip early your caregiver may feel guilty, and no longer want to send the invoice for any previous services rendered.
If you were satisfied with the caregiver’s job performance, then you should absolutely compensate him/her. Most noteworthy, caregivers are not paid very much and work on an hourly basis as you already know, so to offer a traditional gift is nice but probably not necessary at this time. What a caregiver really needs is a financial cushion to get through this difficult period without any work. Caregivers do not have any extra savings set aside to get through moments like this.
Top 10 important reasons to compensate private caregiver during this tough time
- Your caregiver gave you the gift of time for yourself
- Sick days, personal days, holidays, and vacations were not paid to caregiver (in most cases)
- Taxes are paid on earnings by caregiver
- Caregiver typically covers the cost of the accounting throughout the year
- Extra care time given to the senior periodically and not added to the invoices
- Additional duties not originally discussed in the salary were happily completed
- All extra time spent to communicate by phone, text or email for any reason
- Any risks (financial/ethical/physical) is on the end of the caregiver
- Income lost without senior to provide care for, and could result in taking 2-3 months to find a new senior client
- Income never steady due to the reasons above, as well as any hospital stays, vacation, family visits, or in this case a global pandemic.
***As small business owners, private caregivers claim their earnings to the government and pay taxes on earnings. The idea that most private caregivers work under the table is in most cases is false. Seniors obtain tax benefits from having private caregivers which means caregivers need to present a valid invoice to senior clients.
Optional appropriate $ Amount to compensate private caregiver all at once
The truth is we do not know how long this pandemic will go on for. Keep in mind that this situation is very fluid and private caregivers may be able at any time to return to work.
NOTE: Your caregiver may already be working in your loved one(s) home during this time making them an essential worker. If this is the case then you may want to offer a little more per hour, or consider presenting your caregiver with a lump sum at the end of this pandemic.
1 MONTH PAY for respite private caregiver helps part time (less than 15 hours/week)
(take average of the last 6 months)
2 MONTHS PAY for full time live-out private caregiver live out (take average of the last 6 months)
3 MONTHS PAY for full time live-in private caregiver
(usually the same every month)
We have 3 options in life when it comes to making decisions
- You make a decision and you are RIGHT
- You make a decision and it is WRONG, and then you CORRECT IT
- You DO NOT MAKE A DECISION and nothing is ever resolved, this option is by far the worst one of all
***My hope is that you see this article before it is too late, and decide to tip your caregiver because you appreciate him/her.
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