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Posted December 24, 2007

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Legal: Writing a Caregiver Contract

Q. I am working as a caregiver. I started with a small amount of work in the beginning, but now things are changing and the family is not wanting to pay more for more services. So, now I am thinking of moving to a different job. Please advise where I can find a great contract format on web. Thanks.

Pat S.

A. Finding a "great" contract format on the web is not going to be easy and may even be impossible. Here's why: Since caregivers provide very personal and personalized services, no one contract will cover all circumstances. However, there are some details that should always be covered, including the fee, the types of services to be provided, the number of hours to be worked, whether transportation and/or travel time is covered, how taxes are to be covered, etc.

One example of such a contract can be found at this web address connected to the Utah Coalition of Caregiver Support: www.caregivers.utah.gov/sample_contract.htm.  

These contracts are becoming more and more common, so you may find it helpful to continue your search online in order to find what details others are including in their documents.

This answer is provided by Paula S. McCarron, a writer with more than 20 years of experience in healthcare, including nursing homes and hospice. Her writing includes extensive reporting on caregiver compensation issues. She lives in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, and can be reached at paulamccarron@gmail.com.

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