Caregivers don't make nearly enough. You have 3 different types of pay scales for Caregivers today. First, there is Priviate Pay, which is usually around $10.00 per hour, these are found through newspapers, word of mouth, and Registers or agency's who offer lists to Clients of Reciepents names and phone numbers for them to call and interview themselves. Second there is County and State funded programs, these pay only $7.50 per hour and are to go to $8.00 per hour on January 1st. Some examples of these programs are, In Home Supportive Services, State of California Department of Health Services, Public Authority, and the list goes on. These programs work with the Social Services programs and offer no benefits, raises, vacation, time and a half, etc. Lastly, there is the Union, fairly new to this business. They range from $8.15 per hour to $11.45 per hour and have very limited benefits. They are just starting to come into their own now and I believe will become stronger with time. Caregiving is a job that requires true "Compassion" to be able to do for any length of time for it is truly a "Thankless Job". It will be coming into it's own soon due to the fact that the "Baby Boomers" have just started retirement age. As the ole saying goes, "Who will take care of us", is going to hit home hard and fast shortly and in doing so this field will grow. Myself having been a Caregiver for over 15 years hopes this helps answer your questions along with a few starting places. Druski337
IHSS, Public Authority, State of California Department of Health Care Services, Golden Umbrella, Independant Living Services, PVA, VA, And myselft, a caregiver for over 15 years.
· 1 decade ago