Should I pay rent to the patient I am taking care of?

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Been working for the same lady for 4years now. I only work 10 hours/day. With hourly rates. She offered one of her rooms for me and my husband 3years ago. Since my husband was sick, we accepted her offer, I pay $525, utilities included.That way I could take care of both of them. My husband died 2 years ago. I am still the same rent amount. Never got paid for holidays, no day off. Sometimes I Eben give her my food. Sometimes I have to take care of her after hours and she calls me to help her, even though I am off duty already.

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I believe the going rate in Oregon for caregiving is about $13/hr. Check your local caregiving service for the avg rates for the level of care you provide. You may have other questions they could answer.
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Here is one way to look at it... I too am a caregiver but live in a rental house with my son. I pay $800/mo for rent and another $100 for utilities which works out to 3/4 of my income which does not include fuel to get to my jobs, food, internet to keep advertising and more. I am an independent worker not thru any service (yet).
There are plenty of live-in caregiver jobs to look into.... do your financial homework before you quit.
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Depends on your hourly rate. You should get at least minimum wage.
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Look for a fair employer and also go in with a business attitude. You are performing an act of love but your business is not a charity!
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Thank you Jeannegibbs for your reply. I like taking care of the elderly. I think I am good at it. I just feel sometimes that my kindness is being taken advantage of. If only she would realise that U need to be compensated fairly and I do not mind paying rent, just not that much. Since I what I do sometimes is beyond my job description already. Mea culpa, I let her... It is best to look for a new employer who is fair. That is the only solution.
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The question of rent aside, if this job really makes you unhappy it is time to look for something that would be more satisfying. Life is too short to spend your days unhappy. Do you want to stay in the caregiving field? with three years experience I hope you will soon find something else that suits you. If you want to change careers, it may take longer to get into a different field, but in either case, the sooner you start looking, the sooner you can switch jobs.
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Thank you for your reply FREQFLYER, it would help me a lot if she reduces the rent. But, I do not know how to ask her, she is still very sharp. But she uses emotional blackmail a lot.... I am looking for better work another job, because working for her really makes me unhappy. It's been 2 years dince my husband fied, but I was not given time to grieve.
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If your patient is of clear mind, tell her you are finding it difficult to pay the rent since your husband had passed away. If she wants you to continue to care for her, she might either reduce the rent or eliminate it all together. If there is a reduced rent or no rent to pay, would that make it easier to work after hours and on holidays?
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