As of 2015, average rates for house sitters range from $30 to $50 per day, depending how long they stay at the house and the tasks they do. Some house sitters also care for pets for an additional fee, but many are not trained to provide care to elderly people.
If the house sitter only needs to be at the home a few hours a day, the pay rate is around $30 per day. If the house sitter needs to go to the home multiple times a day to care for pets or needs to stay overnight, the pay rate is $50 or more per day.
A house sitter, even a friend or relative, is not a substitute for professional care for an elderly person. As of 2015, trained respite care professionals average about $150 per day, but overnight care costs more.