My carers for Mum have usually been self employed so the hourly rate is normally what they have asked, around £10 ph which allows for their fuel etc. I haven't worried too much about this as they are so wonderful, taking Mum out to lunch, to the park to places where she can indulge in her favourite pastime-people watching.
They also do all the laundry and most of the housework while they are in with Mum and they get her a midday meal and get her washed and changed. I think I get good value for money, Mum is having a great time and they are cheaper than the agency girl who used to come, ask Mum if she wanted a wash, Mum would say no then she would pop something in the microwave and sit with Mum for 2 hrs at £12 per hour! I think the rate would have been increased if I'd had care at the weekend but I never asked for that.
I was recently talking to a sw about the rates I pay and she said I was paying far too much-£7 is the going rate and ss will take a dim view at the review. I also pay time and a half for Saturdays but I understand this is no longer done in the care 'industry'.
My question has arisen because I have just taken on a new carer who is directly employed by me. She is a relative of the self employed carer and so assumed she would be on the same rate as her. Apart from being now well over budget I'm worrying that ss may ask for the money back from me if they aren't happy.
This situation won't go on for much longer as Mum's continence problems are making her continued stay at home difficult (details on another thread) but I realise this isn't my money I'm spending and I do want to do what's fair to everyone.
I guess, in a nutshell, my question is, what's a fair rate to pay an employed carer who does 'everything' ?