A phone call or e-mail starts the process.
The rate of caregiver compensation is determined between the caregiver and client.
Clients Hire & Pay Caregivers Directly
Caregivers normally charge around $18-$25+/hourly or $350-450+ per 24-hour shift, up to $600 per 24 hour shift, as determined by you and your caregiver.
Pay-as-you-go Referral Fee (most popular). Recommended for short-term situations, i.e. hospice. $3.50/hour - up to $35/day for 24-hour care.
One-time Referral Fee “Buyout”. ONLY recommended for permanent caregivers. A referral fee is charged equivalent to one month’s caregivers’ salary (minimum $1500; whichever is greater). Due within first 60 days.
Is my Caregiver my employee?
Caregivers are considered under the tax code as employees of clients when they earn more than $2,000 in a calendar year. We do not track or report caregiver earnings. We recommend consulting with a tax or accounting professional and/or enlisting a payroll service such as MyHomePay or Paychex. These services are experts at pay rolling domestic employees.
To learn more about the tax code for household employers, please review IRS Publication 926: Household Employer’s Tax Guide on the IRS website. The Guide includes information about obtaining an Employer Identification Number (EIN), withholding and reporting state and federal taxes, forms an employee must complete, and keeping important records. The IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service can also be reached by phone at 1-877-777-4778. We recommend considering a payroll service such as MyHomePay or Paychex for compensating your Caregiver and help alleviate payroll concerns.
Am I required to pay overtime to my Caregiver?
The State of Oregon regulates some aspects of in-home care services. Find useful answers to frequently asked questions on the Oregon.gov website.