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10 Reasons why and how much to tip a private caregiver

Guidelines on how much to tip a private caregiver 

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To tip a private caregiver is a personal choice. Here are some of the reasons you might want to really consider it if your caregiver was an exceptional part of the care team 

When and how much to tip your private caregiver

Many people don’t know when to leave a gratuity, or how much. Knowing a few guidelines can take the awkwardness and uncertainty out of tipping. And it’s a good time to learn, given how the COVID-19 pandemic has such an impact on our vulnerable population, and the people who are caring for them.

Consider the following:

  • Length of time in position
  • Degree of reliability
  • Loyalty

how much to tip a private caregiver when senior passes away

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, and are immediately out of a job and could possibly lack financial stability.

Yes, it is a paid position to be a formal caregiver for seniors, and they do assume the financial uncertainty, but they provide personalized assistance, and are fully committed to their private senior client(s). Tipping is a great way to thank your caregiver for services provided over the period of the care mandate. 

How to deal with the last invoice without it being awkward

You can send send a note expressing your gratitude and ask that your caregiver to send the last invoice so that you can settle up. Hold off on sending your tip until you receive invoice, only then should send a tip with the final amount. If you send the tip early your caregiver may feel guilty, and no longer want to send the invoice for any previous services rendered.

If you were satisfied with the caregiver’s job performance, then you should absolutely compensate him/her. Most noteworthy, caregivers are not paid very much and work on an hourly basis as you already know, so to offer a traditional gift is nice but probably not what is needed. What a caregiver really needs is a financial cushion. Something worth noting is that caregivers do not usually have any extra savings set aside.

Top 10 important reasons to tip a private caregiver

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

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

General suggested amount to tip a private caregiver

Always default on the side of generosity 

1 MONTH COMPENSATION for respite private caregiver helps part time (less than 15 hours/week)
(take average of the last 6 months)

2 MONTHS COMPENSATION for full time live-out private caregiver (take average of the last 6 months)

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

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