10 Reasons to tip caregiver after senior passes away

Should you tip caregiver? 

To tip caregiver is a personal choice. Here are some of the reasons you might consider it.

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YES : Consider Length of time in position and degree of reliability.

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First of all world ready or not, needs to see the value in private caregivers, and what they contribute to the lives of seniors in our society. 

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. 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. 

To send an invoice for the last month of the senior’s life is, by far one of the most stressful things a caregiver has to do when a senior client passes away. A caregiver feels intense guilt and would rather not send the last invoice, but needs the income especially now that the income has come to a unexpected halt. If you (the family) would rather avoid this awkward situation from ever taking place then please read on. It is important to remember that above all, it is important to make your caregiver feel appreciated for all the quality care they did provide.

If you were satisfied with the caregiver’s job performance, then you should absolutely tip caregiver. Most noteworthy, caregivers are not paid very much and work on an hourly basis so to offer a traditional gift is nice but probably not necessary. What a caregiver really needs is a financial cushion between your loved one passing away and time to find a new senior client to assist. Caregivers do not set aside for moments like this for the reason that they do not make enough money.


10 important reasons to tip caregiver:

  • Your caregiver gave you the gift of time to yourself.
  • Sick days, personal days, holidays, and vacations were not paid for.
  • Taxes are paid on earnings by caregiver.
  • Caregiver 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 any issues.
  • Any risks (financial/ethical/physical) is on the end of the caregiver.
  • Income lost without senior to provide care for, and as a result it takes 2-3 months to find a new senior client.
  • Income is never steady due to the reasons above, as well as any hospital stays, vacation, or family visits.

***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 false. Seniors obtain tax benefits from having private caregivers which means caregivers need to present a valid invoice to clients.

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Tip Caregiver: 1 yr +

1 MONTH PAY for respite private caregiver helps part time
(take average of the last 6 months)

2 MONTHS PAY for full time private caregiver live out (take average)

3 MONTHS PAY for full time private caregiver live-in
(usually the same every month)

***My hope is that you see this article before it is too late, and decide to tip caregiver because you appreciate him/her.

Click to see this forum (tip caregiver) by family members who discuss this topic


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