I've been contacting home care agencies and find that the minimum number of hours an employee must be able to work for a client varies. One service stated that its employees have a minimum of 3 hours for each visit. Another stated their minimum is 20 hours per week.
It seems these mandatory hours vary widely, and understandably, are set by the agency, not the caregiver (based on caregiver's needs).
Something like a minimum of 20 hours a week puts their employees out of reach financially and workwise. We couldn't even have a cleaning service that worked 20 hours a week unless they scrubbed the house from top to bottom every week.
I do understand that some individuals may need a higher level of care, so the 20 hours might work for some.
I'm wondering though what others who have hired agency caregivers have found to be the minimum ranges the agency requires their employees to work for a caregiver.