Lewy Body Dementia – The Very Common Yet Unknown Dementia

Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) is the second most common type of progressive dementia, but many people haven’t heard of it. It’s closely related to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and shares many of the symptoms with these two more widely known disorders. LBD is often misdiagnosed because it does resemble other disorders. LBD is hard to diagnose, due to the fact that it does resemble other disorders. Like Parkinson’s, patients can suffer...

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The Negatives of Paying an Elder Caregiver in Cash

Many people assume paying a caregiver in cash keeps the situation simple, but this method has many negatives involved that outweigh the simplicity. Paying an employee under the table means you don’t get your tax breaks, the employee doesn’t get their benefits, and you could be in for steep fines and penalties later on. Wave Goodbye to Tax Credits When Paying in Cash Paying for your elder’s medical expenses, including...

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Travelling with Grandma: The Do’s and Don’ts

This guest post is courtesy of SOSsitter.ca! How to win at the intergenerational vacation game. What’s that old saying? “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time”.” ― John Lydgate. Truer words were never spoken, particularly when it comes to intergenerational family vacations. Family getaways...

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The Golden Perks of Choosing a Nanny over a Daycare

According to Statistics Canada, the number 1 reason a parent chooses a specific daycare is based on the location of the center. Parents need to drop their kids off in a place that is either close to home or close to work. Coming in 2nd for deciding on which centre was “trust in the care provider.” Below we cover the reasons why a nanny wins over a daycare setting for...

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Hire a Nanny to Save BIG on Childcare

Do your children go to a daycare center? Did you know it may cost less to hire a nanny than what you’re currently paying? In this post we’ll cover both the out of pocket side and tax benefits of choosing a nanny over a childcare center. How much are you currently paying for childcare? If you have more than 1 child, chances are you are paying an arm and a...

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Assess Your Elder’s Needs Before Hiring a Caregiver

Before hiring a caregiver, you need to Assess Your Elder’s Needs and decide which types of care and services are required. For example, you wouldn’t hire a non-medical skilled homemaker if your loved one needs skilled nursing services. As your senior’s advocate, you need to decide which areas need help before hiring a job candidate. Think about what ways or tasks can best utilize the time of a paid employee, and...

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The Nanny Hiring Process

The thought of having someone else watch your children is probably one of the scariest and daunting feelings to date. Where do you start in the nanny hiring process? How can you possibly entrust your child in someone else’s care? A great start is to look into the different options available – daycare or nanny? Write a list of pros and cons for both! If Nanny is the route you...

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Is Your Elder Safe to Drive?

Does your elder drive? According to Statistics Canada, over 75% of Canadians 65 and older have a drivers license. While many older adults are safe behind the wheel, a large number of the aging population may no longer be. Is your elder safe to drive? Health conditions do affect a person’s ability to drive. Dementia, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, arthritis, Parkinson’s, stroke, vision issues, physical conditions, and mental conditions can be red...

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What to Do Before Your Child Gets Lost

Planning a holiday getaway this summer? Even if you’re planning to stay home, you and your child should know what to do in case they get lost or separated. It can happen any day of the year at the grocery store or the mall, but can be much scarier if you lose sight of your child on holiday in an unfamiliar setting. Snap a Pic Before you leave home, the...

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Caffeine: Is it Hiding in Your Kids Snacks?

Caffeine is famous for making adults jittery and causing insomnia. In kiddos, the effects are magnified due to their smaller size. In your little one this stimulant can affect blood pressure, heart rates, focus, sleep, and more. You may think your kiddo is safe, as you never allow them to have caffeinated beverages, but caffeine is now put in everything from flavoured waters to snack bars. Read below for 7...

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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