I am 34 year old male live-in caregiver taking care of a 94 year old dementia patient. The original Arrangement cited free room and board prior to my boss doing some investigating on Maryland labor laws for live-in caregiver. Since said investigation has been done and the contract has been drawn up I am now being paid minimum wage because of the amount of hours that I work. Obviously anything over 40 hours is time and a half. Originally I was to be paid $1,200 a week with free room and board. My work includes but is not limited to bathing my patient feeding him, cooking, cleaning the house, doing the laundry, doing the grocery shopping, changing his catheter, as well as doing his wound care as he came home from the hospital with a severe bed sore. As I am not a nurse I am however trained as an emergency medical technician and do have prior wound care training from my previous patient who was a paraplegic. On top of all said duties, I also at my own accord provide lawn care, as well as Plumbing maintenance in the house and fixing the washing machine when it broke. I do not mind doing these jobs as my patient becomes very upset when there are new people in and out of the house. I also enjoy fixing things. My boss, who is my patients son age lives in Michigan, had stated that after studying Maryland labor laws for a live in caregiver that I am required to pay rent, as well as 50% of the cost of groceries. I am very concerned that I'm being taken advantage of. As my patients level of dementia increases, the amount of sleep that I get decreases substantially. As of this week I get about 3 hours of sleep a night. Monday Wednesday and Friday when I get my 4-Hour breaks, I usually end up spending it in bed, and I also burn up a significant amount of time from my 12 hour break (of which I get every other Saturday) sleeping. I also spend EVERY HOLIDAY with my patient, and thus far have received no extra compensation. I am acutely aware, and was aware, that by taking this job I would end up sacrificing my social life. I am fine with this as long as I am duly compensated. And this is my main concern. I feel as though I'm being not only taken advantage of but financially ripped off. Could someone please provide me with some feedback advising me as to what Maryland laws are for a live-in caregiver who provides said services? I have become very emotionally attached to my patient, and do not want to risk being separated from him. I gave him my word that I would be by his side until the very end and I am a man of my word. I care so deeply for this man that I would not want to leave him as I am certain it would not only upset him to see me go but ultimately lead to his demise. Any feedback and or help would be greatly appreciated as I am extremely confused at this point on what to do. I also would like to know how best to approach this with my boss without seeming over zealous or too forward. Thank you so much for your time and information I greatly appreciate it.