Activity Ideas for Elder Caregivers and Seniors- Keeping Seniors Stimulated & Happy

One year ago today my grandmother peacefully past away in Toronto. She was 99 years old and fabulous! She cooked and baked for her children and grandchildren almost every day until the day she passed. The highlight of her day was when the kids called to tell her how fantastic her food was. Her face glowed as she told them to enjoy and she then planned with her live in caregiver what she was going to make next day.

I firmly believe that my grandmothers cooking and baking added years to her life. People need to feel accomplished, acknowledged and appreciated.

It is important for caregivers and families to discuss what activities can be done to keep the senior happy and feeling accomplished. What does the senior like to do? What is he good at? What makes her feel happy?

Here are some activities that caregivers can do together with the seniors they are taking care of:

1) Baking & Cooking- Have fun experimenting with food in the kitchen. Try cooking soup for a neighbor or baking cookies for the grandchildren.

2) Games – Card games, Scrabble, Trivia and Bingo are all stimulating and fun to play.

3) Arts & Crafts- Painting, Drawing, Beading, woodworking and Sculpting can be relaxing and entertaining. Make something special for a friend, child, or grandchild.

4) Sewing – If sewing or knitting is something they know how to do try making blankets, hats or scarves for a loved one.

5) Dancing- Blast the music and sing & dance to his or her favorite oldies.

6) Talk about the past- Ask about childhood experiences, how he or she met their spouse, first job, best vacations….

7) Watch old movies- Watch old movies together and act and sing along.

8) Walks – Air is good for the mind and body. Try and get out every day. You can stop and pick flowers to give to a friend or to put on the dining room table.

9) Shopping- Going to the mall or grocery store can be a nice outing.

10) Look at old photo Albums- Ask questions about the pictures. Every photo has a story and you can ask about them all.

11) Spa Day- A manicure, pedicure or new hairdo is a great way to spend the day.

12) Massage- A nice warm bath followed by a back rub is therapeutic and relaxing

Should I Hire A Live In Nanny? Pros & Cons

Live-In Nanny Versus Live-Out Nanny

Many Moms love having their Nanny living at home with them and their family.

Others feel a lot more comfortable when their Nannies live out.

Here is what a few of our mom’s had to say.

Pro Live-In NANNY

“Our Live in nanny costs us much less  and I get more hours.”

“I love having  someone that is almost always available for evening babysitting.”

“Its great to have someone that is there and ready to help first thing in the morning.”

“I like having  someone in the house in case of a night time emergency.”

“Its easier to leave the children and go on vacation with my Hubby.”

“My nanny is so  flexible with my work schedule.”

” It’s great that there is no commute. Our nanny never misses work because of bad weather.”

“Having her live with us really makes her part of the family.”

Pro Live-Out Nanny

“I like my privacy.”

“I wouldnt want to have to be worrying about having food around that she likes.”

” I am not used to walking around appropriately dressed all the time.”

“Another person in the house means more utilities, more food.”

“We do not want to lose our guest bedroom and bathroom”


Live in Nanny? Live Out Nanny? Its a personal choice. Nothing is ever perfect. Know your families needs, budget and personality and  make the best decision possible.  

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How to Get the Most Out of your Cleaning Help

Cleaners and Nannies are not mind readers. While you may feel that dusting the blinds is critical, she may think that folding the laundry perfectly is essential. It is important to communicate with your Nanny or Cleaning Help. I find making a list with numbered tasks in order of what is most important to you is a good idea. To get the most out of your Cleaning Help, make sure to communicate what your priorities are.

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Want to Sponsor a Nanny Under The Live In Caregiver Program? LMO FEE is now $1000!

Previously, a LMO cost $275 per position.  The application fee has been increased to $1,000 for every position that an employer requests.

There will be no refund in the event of a negative LMO (Now renamed LMIA) or if the employer cancels or withdraws the application.

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Hi Rochel.

I don’t know if this is your company or not, but it is the best tool on the market. In the past it has been the hardest thing to find domestic help.  With the Nanny Pages the response has been overwhelming.

I can now even find help for the odd days or evenings that I may need.

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Birthday Gift Ideas for your Nanny

Showing appreciation to the person who cares for your children and home is extremely important. Your Nannies birthday is the perfect opportunity to say thank you for all that she does.

Here are some ideas of what you can buy your Nanny for her birthday on any budget. Its not about how much you spend, its the thought that counts!!

Mall gift card


Make her a Birthday Party – Make a Cake and let the kids write her cards

Spa day


Good Warm Winter Gear

Restaurant Gift Card

Electronics / Ipod, MP3 Player..

Nice Card and Balloons

Wonderland Tickets / Passes

Movie Tickets

Netflix Subscription

Top 10 Favorite Nanny / Caregiver Interview Questions

Top 10 Favorite Nanny / Caregiver Interview Questions 

1) Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

2) What do you like best about being a Nanny / Caregiver?

3) What do you find most challenging about the job?

4) What do you like to do in your spare time?

5) Do you have brothers and sisters? Are you married? Do you have a child / children?

6) How many years of experience do you have being a Nanny / Elder Caregiver?

7) Are you trained in CPR and First Aid?

8) Do you have experience cooking and preparing meals?

9) Why did you leave your last job?

10) Have you ever had to deal with an emergency situation while watching children or an elderly person? What was it? How did you handle it?

Did you know that Minimum Wage is going up?

Are you paying your nanny minimum wage? Minimum wage is the lowest wage rate an employer can pay an employee.

Effective June 1, 2014, the general minimum wage in Ontario will increase to $11.00 per hour.

Both Ontario and Nunavut will have the highest minimum wage rate in Canada. The student minimum wage will also increase from $9.60 to $10.30 per hour.

What are the Statutory Holidays in Ontario?

What days are considered Statutory Holidays in Ontario?

New Years Day – January 1

Family Day – Third Monday in February

Good Friday- Friday before Easter Sunday

Victoria Day – Monday before May 25

Canada Day – July 1

Labour Day – First Monday in September

Thanksgiving Day – Second Monday in October

Christmas Day – December 25

Boxing Day  – December 26

*Civic Holiday (Simcoe Day)  – First Monday in August – This is an optional holiday.  Provincially regulated employers are not required by law to give this day off.

* Easter Monday – Government Employees Only.  Only federal employers are required to give the day off.