What is an appropriate gift amount to give to a caregiver?

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What is an appropriate gift amount to give to a caregiver from the estate of the person they cared for ?

Expert Answer

As Founder and Director of Circles of Care, Ann Cason provides caregiving, consulting, and training services to individuals and public and private organizations involved in eldercare. She is the author of Circles of Care: How to Set Up Quality Home Care for Our Elders.

Gifts for caregivers can be a sensitive subject. Sometimes elders try to get caregivers to work for very low pay with the promise that they will be remembered in the will.

Also,it is not wise for a caregiver to accept a gift from a client. If a gift is given, it could be accepted graciously and then put back on the shelf. Or the family could be contacted to let them know.

As far as a gift from an estate,I was once told by a well to do family that the appropriate amount would be $2000 for each year worked. I don't think that formula is generallly known. But I think the gift, if at all, could be any amount that could best express the appreciation of the heirs, which the estate could afford.

One consideration is to be very sensitive to the feelings of all of the heirs about the amount given.

That said, caring for someone at the end of life can be difficult. Also, the loss of the client can be emotionally and financially hard. And while caregivers don't expect to be gifted, still it is a nice gesture. And the money can be very beneficial.