Elder Care Series: The Strong Willed Elder

Caring for a strong willed loved one can be a challenge. If your elder has dementia, you likely have an added layer of strain built in. One way to ease the stress in your day is to learn to pick your battles. By following the tips below, you may be able to make your day more positive and avoid some of the common arguments you and your elder may have....

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Elder Care: Tips for Dealing with Caregiver Burnout

Being a caregiver to an elder can be tough yet rewarding. At times, it can be fun and other times it can emotionally taxing. If you’re a member of the “sandwich generation,” caring for your child and an elderly relative, it can be easy to feel at times like you’re at the end of your rope. Caregiver burnout is very real and something many of us deal with. The good...

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The Pros of Nanny Care

Hiring a nanny to look after the kids is actually a pretty smart decision. There are many benefits to hiring a nanny over sending the kids to daycare for hours on end. Just in case you are on the fence about using nanny care, we have some reasons as to why it could be the right choice for you! Your Child Gets Lots of One-on-One Attention Have you seen a...

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UPDATED 2017 Baby and Toddler Recalls on Items Sold in Canada

In January 2017, we brought you 2017 Baby and Toddler Recalled Items Sold in Canada. Now that we are almost halfway through the year, we’ve updated the list to include the newest recalls added. 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 Sock and Accessory Brands Global recalls John Deere Infant Caps...

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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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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