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    Senior Member Van Quad's Avatar
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    Too high for six months experience in my opinion. After six months, I go from $16 to $17 an hour. After that 3% annually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liz321 View Post
    30 dollars an hour off the books/out of pocket?
    My friend pays $30 an hour on the books, NYC. Out of pocket, reimbursed.
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    If she's reliable, trustworthy and you feel safe with her then yes, she's worth it.

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    We re-evaluate for a raise every 12 months, and generally we would go from $15 to $16 at one time, not two dollars, but you know your PCA and need to determine what is right for you. You should at least discuss with her your terms for future raises and may want to consider adding that to your contract.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
    We re-evaluate for a raise every 12 months, and generally we would go from $15 to $16 at one time, not two dollars, but you know your PCA and need to determine what is right for you. You should at least discuss with her your terms for future raises and may want to consider adding that to your contract.

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    If what I am reading is that she is as good as you imply, if she were working for me I would pay her. I think you are getting reimbursed and really getting good/really good PCA help is hard to find.

    If she is working 3 hours a day for you and seven days a week that is $42 a week ...that is $6 a day more for her work. That is about $165 a month ... Is this reimbursed to you? She is getting $6 more a day.

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    Holy cow, I highest-paid caregiver makes $10 an hour in my daytime caregiver only makes nine dollars an hour. That's all the company offers us as reimbursement. And they're both very dependable and very good. I found them on Craig's list.
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    My PCA works 3-4 hours a day 5 days a week. John Hancock insurance gives me a maximum of $105 a day for PCAs. At $105 a day, seven days a week, my allotment will be gone in about 10 years.

    Within a year, I will have to add a night person for about 2 hours daily and a weekender. So I'll be using it up in 11 to 12 years.

    In the meantime, I'm considering a raise for the current PCA on the condition of a lot less downtime, i.e. she cleans the house or washes my wheelchair while I'm on the toilet or in the shower instead of reading or watching TV.

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    Mine does to those things too. I am only familiar with my area. Anyways you are private pay and if you are happy then pay what you want. Why ask anyone? If I could pay that much that would be between my worker and I.
    In my years as a SCI, I've found that a good worker will do just as well at 10.00 or 14.00. Some are in it for the money and some are in it to genuinely help people. It helps if they can make a living along the way. A bonus every now and then helps also.
    I ran and ad recently to fill a shift. I keep 3 workers. The phone rang off the wall. So right now in Texas it is an employers market. At least where I'm at.
    I'm sure you will make the right decison.
    I was just rereading your post and it says your allotement runs out in 10 years at 105.00 a day. So what is your long term plan? The older you get sometimes means the more help you will need. I have lived nearly 40 years having to have help. Don't depend on medicare helping with ADL hours.
    10 years will come and go sooner than you realize.
    Plan wisely.

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    Last edited by reedyd; 10-29-2009 at 03:15 PM.

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    It really depends on what you can afford and think its worth. The people we depend on typically are not exactly financially secure and a little more means a lot to them. It depends on whether you can absorb the hit. If you do not have other investments/resources to supplement the insurance, your problem is the future. Personally, I'm quite surprised at how low people are willing to take to do this work. IMO, anything less than $15, anywhere in the US, seems unacceptable, if I were a PCA. To do a bowel routine legally requires an LPN @ 35/hr, not to mention all the other minimum amt of services required by home care companies.

    But then again, multiplied by day, week and month, an seemingly small amt can add up, esp if you can a crew of 3 like I do.

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    IMO, I'd go up a buck and if she balks, explain the reimbursement problems to her. If she's good & is 'fair' with you, be 'fair' with her, but a big question, is she under contract? If so, make sure that's re-evaluated & the pay raise is noted somewhere!

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