Tag Archives: senior care

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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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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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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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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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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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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Eldercare Series: Why Your Elder May Not Be Eating and How To Help

If you’re a Club Sandwich member, aka a member of the “sandwich generation,” you may find yourself dealing with picky eaters of all ages. It can be frustrating to sit down to a nutritious home cooked meal only to have both your preschooler and your elder not eat. While being a picky eater can be a stage for growing kiddos, it could be a sign that something bigger is going...

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Are Those Store Bought Health Shakes Really Healthy?

As the person who plans the meals and buys the groceries, you try your best to buy an assortment of healthy foods for your family. If you have a picky eater or an elder with a small appetite, you may worry that your loved one isn’t getting the proper nutrition they need from food. If you supplement their meals with store bought “health drinks” and shakes, you are not alone....

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Warning Signs Your Elder May Need Help

While many elders are able to live in their own home and maintain their independence, this isn’t the case for all. We like to think that mom, dad, grandma, or grandpa does just fine on his or her own, but sometimes there are little clues that show they may need help. Here are some commonly missed signs that your senior citizen may need some type eldercare or additional assistance: Continue...

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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