This site has truly been a godsend to me over the last few years! My husband of eight years and I live in northern Florida; my mom(84)has Parkinson’s and has lived with me for 13 years. I have MS, my husband is retired with cancer in remission. My husband and I are both military vets; dad was a vet so mom has medical covered and enough income to cover most of her expenses. It’s a stretch—- but we are ok.
I am interested in this community’s opinions on the following email conversation regarding my request for an aide. My request offered $12/hr plus gas and mileage whenever the aide transported my mom and overtime for hours over 40 hours/week. And yeah, in re-reading my response, I can “hear” my oh-so-polite snippiness. [respondent to my request]:
“For 2 days a week(12 hours) plus one weekend a month(12 hours) then you stated SOME overnights......this is NOT full-time hours therefore your rate should be a minimum of $20.00 per hour!!!! I am NOT applying for this position but this is ridiculous!!!”
[me]: “Good Evening, [#####] Firstly, thank-you- I have found that oftentimes the most critical feedback is the most valuable. You and I are around the same age-- I wonder if you are in charge of your mother's or mother-in-law's care? If so, how do you finance her care? If that's not a concern- honestly I'm envious ! After reading your email regarding the amount of money we're offering for the hours we need, I went back and re-read my job posting. I believe the amount we're paying is fair--and yes it's part-time. And it's an excellent opportunity; our current main full time caretaker started as a part time aide and has earned raises over the years. Additionally, we give bonuses, paid sick days, paid holidays off ( Thanksgiving, Christmas, News Years, etc.) and pay double time when one does work (on a volunteer basis) a holiday. Regards, “