Hey, all my fellow caregivers! Hope you are all having a good night! Anyway, the AFH I work at has an policy where the caregivers are paid an hourly wage from 8:00am until 9:00pm and if it's your turn to stay the night you get a flat rate of $25.00 per sleepover and from 9:00pm until 8:00am you are technically off duty. When I started working there last year there wasn't much to do after nine but answer the very rare call light.
But, now, due to circumstances beyond our control one particular resident has been hitting her call button, (it makes a loud auditory announcement which resident needs aide), for whoever is doing the sleepover to help her to the commode, which in itself isn't a problem it's what we're here for, but she has been needing to use the bedside commode every fifteen to twenty minutes from 10:30am until around 5 or 6 am. And we get up at 7:30am and start work at 8:00am.
She used to help herself but she has fallen several times over the last few weeks while attempting to get from her bed to her commode, so she is now a fall risk and we encourage her to buzz us if she needs to go during the night. During the times when I can go home the next morning the lack of sleep doesn't bother me, it's when I'm working my back to back weekend doubles with sleepovers from Friday pm til Monday am, that the lack of a rest period has me concerned for my, (and my coworkers who switch off the weekday sleepover doubles), about how well we will be able to take care of our residents the next day when/if we are on duty after having gotten almost no sleep the night before.
I guess my question(s) is/are this, (and it's really more of a gathering opinions, advice and information); 1. Does it seem fair to say a caregiver is not on duty during a certain time and yet they are working with residents most of the night after having been buzzed and to not pay them hourly during this but a flat rate no matter how often or not they are doing stuff for residents after 9:00pm?
2. At what point would you think it might be necessary to have a caregiver hired to work nights/graves and actually be paid hourly for working? Right now we have three caregivers who switch off/on but there is no night/graveyard shift, (that's what doing the sleepover is suppose to be for); there's Morning shift 8am to 2pm and Afternoon/Evening shift 2pm to 9pm.
Anyway, Thanks for reading this! Happy early Easter!