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Vanessa Vidal, FPC

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HomeWork Solutions Celebrates the Holiday of Giving Thanks

Posted by Vanessa Vidal, FPC on 11/26/13 6:30 PM

This year, we celebrated our 20th Anniversary.  We are grateful to all of you – the clients who have placed their trust in HomeWork Solutions over the last two decades, our referral agency partners and colleagues who confidently refer our services to their clients, and we are of course grateful to our wonderful staff, the team that provides service with a smile! This milestone anniversary achievement belongs to all of us, as it is only in working together and constantly striving to not just meet but to exceed the expectations of our clients and partners that we are all successful.

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Topics: household staffing agency, household payroll

Annual Performance Review - Tips & Tools from HomeWork Solutions

Posted by Vanessa Vidal, FPC on 11/14/13 4:20 PM

Every Human Resources Department knows the importance of having an Annual Performance Review  for all employees.  A performance review can be done at any time of the year, and preferably is completed at least once every year.

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Topics: nanny employment practices, nanny work agreement, nanny job description

Choosing the Right Assisted Living Facility

Posted by Vanessa Vidal, FPC on 11/11/13 11:08 AM

Perhaps caring for your aging relative has led you to wonder if an assisted living facility is a better solution. One of the toughest decisions that families have to consider is the care and safety of their elder. In addition to rapidly changing health issues, there are potentially isolated living conditions, increasingly difficult insurance matters and general home maintenance. Choosing the right assisted living facility for your loved one is crucial to their happiness- and yours.  

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Topics: assisted living, nanny background screening, Hiring Elder care, hiring care for seniors

A Friendly Reminder about Important Year End Deadlines

Posted by Vanessa Vidal, FPC on 11/10/13 6:01 PM

Another year has flown right by and the New Year is right around the corner. It seems like every year time moves faster, and it is harder to keep track of all the last minute, year end details.  

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Do you find the Nanny Taxes confusing?

Posted by Vanessa Vidal, FPC on 11/9/13 11:00 PM

Hiring a nanny or a housekeeper to help you out at home, a personal assistant to keep you organized, a senior caregiver to help you out with your aging parents, a gardener, cook or any other household worker to whom you pay directly (more than $1800 in calendar year 2013, $1900 in calendar year 2014) and you control the way the work is done and how, makes you a household employer!

According to the IRS's Publication 926 household employers who pay a worker more than $1800 cash wages in a calendar year, are required to file payroll taxes. 

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Topics: worker misclassification independent contractor, 1099 v w-2

Food Allergy Action Plan - The only way!

Posted by Vanessa Vidal, FPC on 11/4/13 4:30 PM

A food allergy is an adverse immune response to a food protein. They are distinct from other adverse responses to food, such as food intolerance, pharmacological reactions, and toxin-mediated reactions. [Wikipedia]

Worrying statistics reflect that the percent of children in the US suffering from allergic reactions is increasing each year. Approximately 1 in 20 children in the US has a food allergy. [Centers for Disease Control] The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America reports an alarming 1 in 50 Americans will experience an anaphylaxis attack. 

Allergic reactions vary depending on the type and severity of the allergy and can affect each person differently. Mild allergies can cause slight discomfort while life threatening reactions like "anaphylaxis" can occur in individuals with severe allergies.

Families who have children with allergies know the importance of prevention and most of them have an emergency plan in place.  When hiring a nanny, parents need to explain all emergency procedures and ALL details provided in writing and placed in a visible place (preferably in more than one place). Together review your Food Allergy Action Plan.

Most countries, including the US, require manufacturers to list the 8 most common allergy causing ingredients on food labels, in language even kids can understand.  Food manufacturers must also disclose if the factory produces these elements, even though they are not included in the specific product.

The most common foods that cause allergies are:

  • Nuts
  • Strawberries
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Fish
  • Shellfish (crab, shrimp, lobster)
  • Wheat
  • Soy

A wonderful resource for caregivers working with a child with food allergies is the Kids with Food Allergies Foundation, a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

Emergency Contact Form

Do you work with a child with food allergies? Share your tips on keeping your child safe.


Vanessa Vidal, FPC
HomeWork Solutions, Inc.

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Topics: nanny

8 Tips for a Happy and Safe Halloween!!

Posted by Vanessa Vidal, FPC on 10/30/13 5:56 PM

Halloween is one of the best memory-making holidays for every child. Those costumes that took hours to put together turn into timeless photos, and the generosity of neighbors can leave your children with a sugar rush that lasts for days ...

This fun tradition can also have some hidden hazards. As parents, guardians and/or child care providers, it is our responsibility to ensure the safety and well being of our children.  Please find below a list of safety tips and tricks to keep your child happy and safe this Halloween:

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Topics: nanny

Guide to Privately Hiring Senior Home Care

Posted by Vanessa Vidal, FPC on 10/30/13 3:35 PM

Families of aging seniors are confronted with many choices as they navigate options to help maintain a healthy and productive life for elderly family members.  Home safety, medication management and transportation are key concerns for every family facing the naturally changing capacities seniors face as they age.  In fact, according to the Congressional Budget Office, one third of seniors aged 65 and over need some assistance with activities of daily living such as dressing and personal hygiene, shopping and preparing meals

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Topics: elder care, independent elder care hire, private hire for elder care, senior care

Senior Home Care Employment Application

Posted by Vanessa Vidal, FPC on 10/28/13 3:33 PM

Is it really necessary?

Imagine this...

A lovely person is sitting in you mother’s living room. Lately you and mom acknowledge that it would be better if mom had some help at home so she could continue to live at home, even as living there has become somewhat difficult.  There are some essential tasks that mom simply cannot manage on her own. 

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Topics: interview guide for elder care, interview questions for senior in-home care, Hiring Elder care, hiring care for seniors, interviewing elder care applicants

Tips on Posting the Perfect Senior Care Job Description

Posted by Vanessa Vidal, FPC on 10/25/13 3:24 PM
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Topics: caregiver background screening, Hiring Elder care, hiring care for seniors, interviewing elder care applicants

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