Do home health care aides commonly charge for travel expenses?
Is it common to charge for travel expenses and travel time when an in-home health aide has to travel as far as one hour each way?
Home health aides are paid by the hour or by the visit. When a patient or client lives a distance away from the agency, or from a major metropolitan area where there is adequate public transportation, it is common to charge either a set fee for travel within a certain radius or to charge actual mileage, which is based on the IRS reimbursed rate of $.55 per mile as of Jan 1, 2009. These travel expenses for home health aides are necessary and important so it is feasible to have an aide travel to get to a job, which sometimes is only for a short time period.
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