Reply To: family members as paid carers


Rebecca Washbourn

good question!
in my experience family members are either paid by ACC directly and are actually ‘self employed’ and therefore have to arrange their own tax, acc levies and training etc; or they are paid via the claimant, who is then their employer.

i always STRONGLY recommend that family are paid carers via an agency. there is often resistance to this from family members but it is really worth selling to them for the following reasons:
-higher hourly rate
-sick leave and annual leave opportunities and pay
-care coordinator who is (meant to be) supportive
-access to training etc as it is now the responsibility of the agency.
easiest if they ask ACC for a list of care agencies and then they chose a provider they want to work with.

if the Case Manager is really fabulous – then you could ask if they will fund a TI programme for education with H&S as a goal if there are concerns for the claimant…