No Wavering on Waivers
Hello, I am looking to get some response from nannies as well as parents. I am an experienced nanny that has worked with several special needs children as well as typical children. Lately every interview I go on for a nanny position for special needs is presented that I would be paid through a government respite care waiver (no problem have dealt with that before.)
Now here is the dilemma: the waiver only pays the care giver 8.77 an hour which is much lower than I start at for a typical child much less one with special needs. Pretty much every parent is insistent on the inflexibility of the pay. Also, there would be no hope in normal raises unless the government decides to up the pay which is unlikely. Plus I would not get paid for days parents take off or when I don't work when they go on vacation or child has appointments etc because I can't claim the hours to the waiver that I have not actually worked. In each interview when I have brought up the idea of the parents paying three or four dollars an hour in addition to the waiver pay I have been told no.
I understand that special needs children have a lot of extra costs but how can they really expect a high quality nanny with special needs experience to work for 8.77 an hour. Are there other nannies here that get paid through this type of waiver and if so how do you make it work? Are there parents that employ caregivers through this type of thing that can give me some insight? I have nannied for special needs children before and love it but not sure about this new trend of lower pay for watching a special needs child than a child without special needs. Am I being unreasonable? - Anonymous
at 5:04 AM