Perhaps one of our most asked questions is what does home care cost? Well before we get into caregiver costs in Los Angeles we need to know what the case of the client is. Not everyone is going to have the same rates as there are so many factors that play into home care rates. For example let us say you have an elderly mom named Sarah and all you need is 4 hours a day for companion care. You are looking at a rate of $ 24 dollars per hour for a caregiver. But now let us say you need someone for 8 hours per day for that same companionship type care you are now looking at a rate of just $ 22 dollars per hour. If you go as far as a 12 hour shift you get the rate for $ 20 dollars per hour. Please remember CA law requires anything over 8 hours is Time and half ( 1.5x). For example if you need companionship care for 12 hours a day at the rate of $ 20 dollars per for 5 days per week here is how your cost would be broken down.
8 hours (x) $ 20 = $ 160 dollars
4 Hours Overtime is $ 20 (x) ( 1.5-Time And Half) = $ 30 dollars (x) 4 = $ 120 dollars
So a 12 Hour Shift Would Cost $ 160 dollars (+) $ 120 dollars = $ 280 dollars
So if you are doing this by 5 days per week your cost weekly is $ 280 dollars (x) 5 days = $ 1,400.00 dollars
Now if you decide to break down the shift to two people for 6 hours each you avoid the overtime.
6 hours ( x) $ 20 = $ 120 dollars
6 hours (x) $ 20 = $ 120 dollars
so 12 hour shift is now just $ 240 dollars
$ 240 dollars ( x) 5 days + $ 1,200 dollars
The cost difference is $ 200 per week or $ 800 per month or $ 9,600,00 dollars per year.