How Likely is an Impaired Senior to Wander?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Aug 30, 2016 8:00:00 AM

We often hear of impaired seniors “wandering off” but the stereotype can be far too general, and often linked to a disease like Alzheimer’s after it has been diagnosed. However, there are warning signs of this disease or dementia that you should be aware of so you can help keep your loved one safe without limiting their independence. Here, we provide helpful tips on caring for an aging loved one who is showing signs of being confused, forgetful, or disoriented.

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Topics: senior caregivers, eldercare

Paying Your Nanny Legally: Step by Step

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Aug 23, 2016 8:00:00 AM

For many working parents, finding a hired caregiver/nanny that they trust to be with their children during the workday is extremely important. It may be convenient to pay your nanny under the table, but not only is this illegal, but it can be incredibly costly if you get caught. If you do not pay nanny taxes, there are heft fines and penalties, sometimes ranging upwards of $25,000.

Many families find this both complicated and time consuming. Prefering to dedicate this time to their family, they outsource the nanny payroll to a specialty nanny payroll service like HomeWork Solutions.  

If you’re determined to figure out how to pay the nanny taxes yourself, here are the steps on how to pay your nanny legally.

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Topics: nanny tax

Formally Evaluating your Nanny's or Senior Caregiver's Performance

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Aug 15, 2016 8:00:00 AM

When it comes to performance reviews, employers are looking for efficient and effective strategies that allow for two-way conversation, feedback, and the ability to set goals while raising morale. Traditional performance reviews have a history of being unhelpful which in turn can lower employee morale, forcing employers to readjust how they review their employee’s performance. If you’re looking for ways to formally evaluate your senior caregiver or your nanny, here are some new strategies that can improve communication and bolster your employee’s confidence and productivity at the same time.

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Topics: nanny employment practices, senior caregiver employment practices

Offering a Nanny a Salary: What You Need To Know

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Aug 9, 2016 8:00:00 AM

As employers, we’re required to provide fair compensation to our nanny and that means either providing a solid hourly, weekly, or monthly rate. Many families feel that paying a flat rate is the simplest and most efficient way to do things; however by law a nanny is an hourly employee and entitled to pay for all hours worked at the hourly rate, and may be entitled to overtime. Because the Fair Labor Standards Act specifies that household workers are to be paid hourly, improperly wording your compensation offer to the nanny can put you at risk to unpaid wage and unpaid overtime claims.

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Topics: nanny salary, nanny wage

In-home Senior Care: Emergency Preparedness

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Aug 2, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Life with a senior citizen can be unpredictable at times and for this reason, employers need to have plans in place in the event that an emergency happens. Senior citizens are some of the most vulnerable victims when weather disasters happen and they often live with health issues that require close monitoring, so having an emergency preparedness plan in place should be top priority. Here are some tips on how to prepare for emergency situations that can happen unexpectedly.

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Topics: senior safety, emergency plans

Writing a Nanny Contract: Things You Need to Know

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jul 26, 2016 7:30:00 AM

As an employer, writing a nanny contract is a very important step in the employment process. Even though it’s not legally required to have a written contract with your nanny, it can be a very helpful thing to have in order to prevent misunderstandings and set ground rules from the very beginning. A contract can also protect both parties in problems arise, because you can refer to it in order to resolve certain issues.

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Topics: nanny contract

Are All Homecare Agencies Telling the Truth?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jul 19, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Starting in-home care for your loved one is a big decision. It requires careful planning, a close look at the budget, and significant research on what agencies and caretakers are available. Selecting the type of agency that’s right for you and your loved one is one of the biggest choices you will make and it can be overwhelming at first. Here are some helpful tips that can help make things a little bit easier.

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Topics: eldercare, senior home care

Nanny Taxes for Your Live-In Nanny

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jul 12, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Are you hiring a live-in nanny and wondering where to start figuring out your "nanny tax" obligations? HWS can help - we have counseled families just like yours for more than 20 years. 

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Topics: live-in nanny

3 Little Known Reasons Why Paying Nanny Taxes Pays Off In the Long Run

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jul 5, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Despite the best efforts of Congress, the number of families that that fail to pay their nanny taxes each year is estimated to be 1.8 million. Aside from the fact that these families technically commit perjury on their family tax returns every year, they also deny their household employee (nanny, housekeeper, senior care nurse, etc.) of retirement and unemployment benefits. As if these weren’t reason enough, here is a list of five more important reasons why you should pay your nanny taxes (and some of them might surprise you!).

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Topics: nanny taxes, household payroll tax

Background Screening for Senior Home Care

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jun 28, 2016 7:00:00 AM


Our aging parents deal with physical and sometimes mental declines that challenge their ability to completely take care of themselves on their own.  They don’t like the idea of moving out of their homes to a senior care facility.  How will they safely age at home, in a safe and happy environment?  

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Topics: caregiver background screening

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