Agency secures grant program to help caregivers earn bonuses

At Home Nursing Care is proud to announce that 47 of its caregivers earned $90,000 in bonuses in 2023, thanks to a state funded grant to help caregivers stay in the homecare workforce.

“I wanted to express my heartfelt gratitude for the monetary gift I received as a reward for the training I recently completed. Your generosity and recognition mean a lot to me, and I appreciate it immensely,” wrote one employee in response to the program.

Caregivers earn bonuses of $68,000 for completing training.
Caregivers Earn Bonuses of $68,000 for a great job on training in one week!

She and her colleagues each earned $2200 in Visa Gift Cards after completing 10 hours of online training in just one week. Across the agency, that added up to more than 330 hours of training during the last week of September alone!

“I gladly paid $4,000 to access the software so caregivers could earn bonuses just by completing the training,” said Lauren Reynolds, owner of At Home Nursing Care, a licensed and accredited homecare and home health company launched in 2010.

“We are always looking for ways to help our caregivers earn bonuses and also have the competencies for the increasingly serious conditions of the patients we serve at home.”

How did Caregivers Earn Bonuses?

The grant money stemmed from a California grant program and was open to agencies that provide direct in home care. The goal of the program is to provide direct payments of the grant to caregivers, bypassing agencies so that it’s not considered regular salary and is not included in employer taxes or worker’s compensation charges.

This grant money, funded by the state and paid through a direct third party, was not available to employees in nursing homes or hospitals, as the program was designed to boost the community based workforce with incentives for learning more skills.

How are employees paid the grant money?

Employees started receiving the first gift card as payouts to the bonuses caregivers earned in early October, adding up to $1450 total. As part of a retention bonus, if those employees continue to work with At Home Nursing Care through the rest of the year, they’ll receive another $750 Visa Gift card in January.

This is another reason At Home Nursing Care has been named Best in North Coast for in home care each year since 2017.

The money is taxable and so each employee had to fill out a 1099 through a company called “Tremendous”, which is handing the disbursements of the grant. That’s how caregivers earn bonuses legally. The visa gift cards are digital, but can be linked to the caregivers Apple Pay app or Google Pay app, and then used at stores such as Amazon, Starbucks, grocery stores and gas stations that take those payments. It cannot be traded for cash or deposited into the bank.

What were the topics of the trainings?

The topics that At Home Nursing Care chose as part of the 10 hours include Working with Veterans, Shingles, Human Trafficking, Dealing with Violence in Home Care, Professionalism, and Customer Service.

“The training was not only a valuable learning experience, but it also reaffirmed my belief in At Home Nursing Care commitment to the professional growth and well-being of its employees. Your support is truly motivating and makes me proud to be a part of such a caring and supportive team,” wrote a caregiver who has worked with the agency since 2015.

Why work with us?

At Home Nursing Care has a wonderful base of long term caregivers and nurses. Ten percent of our staff have worked with us for more than 10 years, and our average length of service is four years. That’s much longer than the industry average. The agency is well-known for employee recognition, including handing out uniforms, shirts, sweatshirts, gifts, snacks, hosting parties and making sure caregivers feel appreciated.

While At Home Nursing Care pays competitive hourly rates, most clients pay from their life savings and so the rates charged to customers can’t be raised more than is sustainable. Having the state support the industry with grant programs provides extra incentives to a workforce that works very hard to enhance the lives of everyone they serve at home.

But wait, we’re not done helping caregivers earn bonuses!

The response to our grant program was so good that we want to continue helping caregivers earn bonuses for training. So, we are launching another way that caregivers earn bonuses in 2024. for our in home care staff in 2024. Thanks to a partnership between Nevvon, a software provider, At Home Nursing Care, and the State of California, Caregivers will be able to earn another $1250 in bonuses for completing required and extra training in 2024. It’s our way of boosting the professionalism and morale of the wonderful caregivers and nurses who help our clients everyday.

Want to join our team? Apply Here.