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When I needed a sitter for less hours than anyone was willing to provide, I used the additional hours to care for me - haircut, browse through a store, go to the library, take my kids out for ice cream. The "forced" hours were a blessing. Things in our world have changed, so no longer using the service, but no regrets!
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jshorty60, if you are using a professionally licensed caregiving Agency, it all depends on the Agency. The Agency I used, the least amount of time was 3 hours. You need to check around to see if there are any Agencies that will do 2 hours.

Honestly, it's difficult to find someone to only work 2 or 3 hours a day, as most workers need to make a living, thus filling up all their hours, not counting travel time between clients each day.

Depending on the amount of care that is needed, don't be surprised that some chores take a lot longer than one thinks, especially if one has never been down the road.
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What I have found here is 3 hours a day, 6 a week, with the first 2 weeks in advance. You may not get all the protections of going through an agency but you may be looking for a CNA with the experience you want. My facility only paid CNA's (too little) but it was 12 USD. The agency I found was 21 USD. You could always run an add like seeking a babysitter; but use today's approach to babysitting and get references and do a background check. Honestly, nearly every facility I have been in has a sign by the fridge for staff to not take residents food, so you do need to be careful and interview.
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It depends. On who's paying, how far the caregiver has to travel to work, what the requirements are...

Local authorities in the UK have been lambasted for providing 15 minute visits. The regulatory minimum is now supposed to be 30 minutes. These time slots are allocated, typically, to state-funded care receivers who need assistance with remembering medication, heating ready meals, that kind of thing. They are *obviously* inadequate, but resources are stretched very thin in these difficult times.

If one were hiring privately through an agency, I would expect one hour to be the minimum you could contract for. But if there's travel time involved...

What exactly is the caregiver you have in mind needed for?
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