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Vanessa Vidal, FPC

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State Overtime Rules for Senior Care Workers

Posted by Vanessa Vidal, FPC on 10/25/13 12:41 PM

Today's retired seniors by an overwhelming 9:1 ration fully expect to "age in place," staying in their private homes as long as they can and resisting moves to institutionalized settings. Increasingly these seniors private hire senior caregivers who help with mobility challenges, transportation and general household activities as a way to stay in their homes. When you hire a senior care worker directly, you become an employer.

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Topics: aging in place, household payroll tax, Hiring Elder care, hiring care for seniors

Household Workers: Employee vs. Independent Contractor

Posted by Vanessa Vidal, FPC on 10/22/13 4:43 PM

HWS client care specialists field inquiries about worker classification - whether a household worker is an employee or an independent contractor - all the time.  Families call questioning whether they can treat their household employee as an independent contractor, provide them a 1099 Form instead of a W-2, and avoid the entire issue of payroll taxes.

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

Seniors and Driving: Accessing Safety

Posted by Vanessa Vidal, FPC on 10/14/13 3:17 PM

Most older Americans have been driving since they were teenagers and want to retain the independence that comes with being at the wheel. Growing older does not necessarily mean a driver is less capable; in fact, years of driving experience may make them a more conscientious driver. But changes that occur as we age, even for those who are in very good health, may affect a senior’s ability to be a fully safe driver.

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Topics: elder care, senior safety, seniors and driving, elderly drivers, Hiring Elder care

Overtime Rules for Senior Home Care Providers

Posted by Vanessa Vidal, FPC on 10/9/13 3:15 PM

As more and more senior are opting to "age in place", the direct hiring of senior caregivers are being sought out by family members. Families have questions about minimum wage, overtime and questions about what constitutes payable hours during the care day. Often, they are not aware of the tax obligations of employing a household employee.

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Topics: elder care, senior caregivers, companionship services, companionship exemption

Nannies, Social Media, and Family Privacy

Posted by Vanessa Vidal, FPC on 10/8/13 4:00 PM

Welcome to the social media era, where our friends are called "contacts", our thoughts "comments" and experiences "posts" … 

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Topics: nanny employment practices, time tracking, nanny

Research Costs for In-Home Senior Care

Posted by Vanessa Vidal, FPC on 9/30/13 3:52 AM

More families are considering the possibility of privately hiring senior home care for someone it their family as a way to help their loved ones age in place in a safe and happy environment. This is uncharted territory for most people, and adult children who may have hired nannies to care for their children years ago wonder what they need to consider when hiring senior home care assistance.

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Topics: elder care, homecare, Hiring Elder care, hiring care for seniors

Background Screening for Senior Home Care

Posted by Vanessa Vidal, FPC on 9/25/13 3:42 PM
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?

Today an estimated 3.4 million senior home care givers provide support services to an aging population that emphatically wants to ‘age in place.’ To meet continued demand, the U.S. needs an additional 1.6 million caregivers by 2020. While most families turn to senior care agencies to provide support personnel to aging family members, an increasing number of families prefer to hire directly, citing both reduced costs and greater control over caregiver selection as their primary motivations.

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Topics: caregiver background screening, nanny background screening

National Nanny Recognition Week - From HomeWork Solutions

Posted by Vanessa Vidal, FPC on 9/24/13 3:12 PM

The Nanny Community is formed by a hard working, hands on team of professionals.  I am so fortunate to network with nannies across the country, and regularly attend nanny educational forums.  I am amazed by the commitment, continuous learning, effort and passion of these women, dedicated to the wellbeing of our children and to make this world a better one! 

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Topics: nanny, national nanny recognition week

Understanding Senior Health: When is Help Needed?

Posted by Vanessa Vidal, FPC on 9/23/13 3:24 AM

Monitoring an aging parent’s health

Each year, projections for the average life expectancy of Americans trend up. There are differences by gender, a man reaching age 65 today can expect to live, on average, until age 84; for a woman the average expectation is 86. In addition to these averages from the Social Security Administration, about one out of every four 65-year-olds today is expected to live past age 90, and one out of 10 past age 95.

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Topics: elder care, senior caregivers, companionship services

Guide to Privately Hiring Senior Home Care

Posted by Vanessa Vidal, FPC on 9/18/13 3:20 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, senior caregivers, companionship services

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