3 reasons to not hire a caregiver at the cheapest rate

caregiver rateHave you ever heard the expression “you get what you pay for”? 

Here are 3 reasons to not hire a caregiver at the cheapest rate

We usually all want the best service or product for the lowest possible price. In some cases their are exceptions to the rule, but from experience over the years as a caregiver myself I can tell you that most often it does not pay to hire a caregiver at the cheapest rate.

You may find this article informative and not exactly what you wanted to hear.  Searching for the perfect caregiver for your senior loved one can be a very touchy and complex venture. It is important to know a few key things to safeguard your sanity while going through this process. With so many care search sites you will have a greater reach and have the database to help narrow your search. 

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Without flexibility in the senior care budget you may potentially miss out on the caregiver that will work well with your family for just a few dollars more an hour. Try to keep an open mind and be willing to pay a little more for a caregiver with experience, **good references**, a caregiver who has reliable transportation and a clean driving record. Your investment will pay in dividends!

Make sure to check references, this is one of the most crucial steps when you hire a caregiver and it often overlooked.

By selecting a caregiver solely based on rate, you may run the risk of getting someone who may fill the position but not really express any real interest or demonstrate initiative to do anything extra outside of the agreed upon job description, and the position will be treated as a temporary position, or stepping stone to the next job. Essentially you run the risk of only attracting caregivers that are only in it for the money and believe me when I say your loved one(s) will feel this and not enjoy or look forward to seeing their caregiver. Having a caregiver inside a personal space when it feels awkward is a terrible feeling for your senior loved one(s) especially if the visit is for the purpose of company and conversation.

Now you may say to yourself after reading this that it works for me for right now, and for the most part it will for a while, however In a relatively short period of time you will start to see the result of the quality of work, or lack therer of. It starts with the little extra things that you wish your caregiver would do for your loved one(s) directly or around the place of residence. It is the small yet thoughtful gestures that make all the difference in the world to you and your senior loved one(s). Soon the issues begin to compound and you find that you now have 3 major issues that you did not have before you decided to hire a caregiver.

3 reasons to not hire a caregiver at the cheapest rate

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    If you add up the time it takes to find, hire, train and then fire each caregiver you can clearly see that your time is being drained and for what? To find help for your senior loved one all to need more help yourself with your own daily tasks? You may find yourself needing to hire someone for yourself and how on earth does this make sense? Your time to do the things you need and would like to do are valuable too!

    It takes a great amount of energy to deal with each individual caregiver as the issues start to arise. Some of the issues can really start from lack of response to your communications, punctuality (in some cases where you rely on the exact timing for a change in shift, punctuality is crucial), no initiative to do anything even a little outside of the job description.

    This is really where you see first hand that paying less per hour for a caregiver in the long run will not add up to any savings. Can we first point out that your money was earned in exchange for your time and or expertise and to simply let it fly out the window so to speak is probably not what you had in mind when you decided to hire caregiver support. Where it most concerns you is again “time”. Time is money and your time is valuable!

So really how important it is to find the right caregiver from the start? MEGA IMPORTANT. 

This cost for the care may be coming direct from your loved one and so if it is, didn’t they work for it? they responsibly saved for years to be sure that they would be well taken care of in the later stage of life. Of course you already realize this, but it is so important to remember that with a little extra money  and sifting patience you will be able to find a very good caregiver to assist your senior loved one(s). A good caregiver knows their value, and will usually only work for families who choose quality and appreciate the value of a good caregiver.

Try this exercise, add an extra 3-5$/hr to your initial compensation amount in your offer. This will attract the best caregivers to your ad or profile. Although the rate will attract many caregivers your job description in your ad should filter many of the caregivers that do not initially match up to your criteria.

Your offer will let your caregiver applicants know that you are looking for:

  • Experience
  • Flexibility
  • Good instincts
  • Listening skills
  • Patience
  • Work alone or in a team
  • Communicate effectively
  • Adaptability
  • Compassion
  • Commitment
  • Natural affinity
  • Initiative and drive
  • Well presented and polished
  • Transportation

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