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L
Lv 5
L asked in Science & MathematicsMedicine · 2 months ago

If I have a person stay with me, after surgery, am I supposed to pay them?

I have a knee replacement surgery scheduled soon.  A neighbor has volunteered to be here 24/7 for a couple of weeks.  I had the other knee replaced in 2019 and my hubby was there but he passed not too long after the surgery.  Now, I live alone and want to get this surgery over with but scared at the same time.  Like I said, a neighbor has volunteered to be here 24/7 for a few weeks.  Am I supposed to pay her or what?

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  • Cammie
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Since she volunteered, get her a very nice gift of thanks.Perhaps a gift card to a restaurant or a store.A gift card for gas and a car wash.Some nice slippers.

  • Lv 4
    2 months ago

    Unless you're very close friends, yes. However, the government usually subsidizers her time, anyway. Speak to her about it, and the relevant gov. department. 

  • Dixon
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    If they have offered help and not mentioned payment then you are under no obligation or expectation of paying. However, if you can afford it, it might be appropriate to give a gift of money. These things can be hard to judge but my instinct would be to see how much help they actually provided after, say, 1 week and if it is  significant then put some notes in an envelope as a gift. And maybe again after another week. You need to think of it as a reciprocal gift rather than paying.

    Having said all that, I'm in the UK and social rules are different in different countries.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    I would pay her, maybe not in money but some service you can do for her in the future.

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  • jijawm
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    It's an awkward subject, when it comes ri remuneration for someone's act of kindness, but make an offer.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Volunteers are never paid. However you could make them coffee or maybe a cake?

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