When Your Elder with Alzheimer’s No Longer Recognizes You

One of the most difficult situations that can come along with Alzheimer’s is your loved one no longer recognizing you. Thankfully, this doesn’t happen in the early stages of the disorder. According to Newsmax Health, over time this form of dementia “leads to visual perception problems specifically with faces.” They still love you, even if they don’t recognize your face. This does not mean that your elder no longer knows...

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Why Sleep is a Right, Not a Luxury

If you are a parent of an infant, or a caregiver to a loved one, chances are you aren’t getting enough sleep. Maybe it’s overnight feedings keeping you up, an elder that needs help throughout the night getting to the restroom, or just the stress that comes along with being a member of the sandwich generation; whatever the reason for your missed zzzz’s, it could be affecting more than just...

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Does a Parent Make a Good Nanny?

When you’re looking to hire a nanny, you may have some candidates apply with pages of experience and references, and others who apply with only “mom” experience. Will a mom with zero outside childcare experience make a good nanny? She can, but it really depends on the person and their “other” life experiences. An example of a candidate you may come in contact with would be a stay at home mom of three...

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Quick Ways to Deal with Caregiver Stress

Caring for a loved one can be rewarding yet difficult. Many caregivers admit that at times caring for their elder can leave them feeling overwhelmed and stressed. While you may not be able to leave your elder unattended for more than a few minutes, there are several quick ways to de-stress that take 30 minutes or less. Some of the activities below can also be enjoyed with your elder, and...

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Make Your Nanny a Boo-Boo Box

Do your children go out to the park, library, or on an adventure with their nanny? Chances are they don’t spend 100% of their time at home, and when they do go out, you don’t wrap them from head to toe in bubble wrap. When your little ones are running around playing, the odds of a scrape, trip, splinter, or booboo are high. Help keep your nanny prepared by creating...

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What is Sundowning?

Does your elder suffer from sundowners? While someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia may be agitated, confused, or restless throughout the day, sundowning is when the persons symptoms increase as the sun sets in the late afternoon and evening hours. Sundowning is very common, and it’s estimated that 66% of people with dementia deal with this disorder. According to WebMD, “Fading light seems to be the trigger. The symptoms can get...

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2017 Baby and Toddler Recalled Items Sold in Canada

It’s a brand new year and already several recall announcements have gone out for items sold in Canada. Below you’ll find the latest recalls from late 2016 and January 2017 with items made especially for children. Read through the list, make sure you don’t have any of the recalled items, and if you do follow the instructions to return the item. Clothing Peekaboo Beans Inc. Bean Playsuits Do you have...

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Guest Post – When A New Nanny Arrives…

This guest post is courtesy of By SOSsitter.ca: Make sure you and your family are ready! Adding a full or part time nanny into your family life is not a small thing. This person will become, if all goes well, like a member of the family. You want to be sure that the family—at least those members who are old enough to understand—know what to expect and how to behave, particularly...

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16 TV Free Ways to Entertain The Kids While You Cook

After a long shift at the office, you come home to hungry kiddos and a million chores you need to do. In order to get dinner on the table, many frazzled moms and dads park the little ones in front of the TV while they cook. If you add in the time they watch TV in the morning while you run around getting ready, the time they may watch it...

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Prevent Wandering in Elders with Dementia

According to Alzheimer’s Society Canada, 564,000 Canadians have dementia, and another 25,000 people are diagnosed annually. Of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Lewy Body Dementia, or any another type of dementia, 6 people in every 10 will wander. Wandering occurs when a person “travels aimlessly from place to place.” This can mean getting lost on a walk around the neighborhood, your elder trying to go to travel to work even though...

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Deborah Shure answers the question about whether your nanny or elder caregiver is your employee or self employed
Deborah Shure answers the hard questions and discusses nanny & elder caregiver contracts, gross versus net pay & more
Deborah Shure discusses why paying your nanny or elder caregiver cash under the table is never a good idea
Deborah Shure discusses why an online calculator might not be the answer to your calculation frustration
Deborah Shure helps you get started with payroll for your nanny or elder caregiver