Stop Germs by Keeping Toys Clean

You wash their bedding, you wash their sippy cups and pacifiers, but how often do you wash and clean your children’s toys? Those icky germs that cause the flu and winter colds are famous for latching on to toys and making little ones sick. By following the tips below, you can help prevent the spread of germs through toys and hopefully keep your little one healthier this cold and flu...

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5 Fabulous Nanny Traits and Skills

While anyone can call themselves a nanny, some people may be a better fit based on their personality, values, and life experiences. Below we cover five great topics/nanny traits to consider when interviewing for your new nanny. Also before you make the big decision on who to choose, check out our post on 5 Signs That Your Nanny is Perfect for Your Family for a little confirmation on your decision...

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The True Numbers of Caregiving

28% of Canadians age 15 and up are caregivers. To fall into this category, they provide at least 2 hours of care to another person each week. Of that number, 54% of caregivers are women. Out of the 8 million people in Canada who are caregivers, 1 in 4 are in the “sandwich generation,” meaning they care for both a parent (or other adult) plus their child. The most common...

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9 Ways to Help Your Nervous Child Feel Better

Like adults, children get stressed and anxious too. While their fears and worries may be pint sized, they can feel enormous and terrifying to your little one. Below we explore 9 simple ways to help your nervous child feel better in a flash. When your kiddo is feeling anxious, it’s likely because they feel like they have no control over the situation and aren’t sure what to expect. Remind them that you’re...

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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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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