Why is sponsoring Nannies from overseas becoming less and less popular? Should I sponsor a Nanny from overseas or hire someone already in Canada?
There area several reasons why families are not sponsoring nannies as much as they used to.
Firstly, On Jan 1 2018, minimum wage was raised to $14 an hour. Ever since the minimum wage increase, it seems like less and less people are sponsoring nannies and caregivers from overseas. Sponsoring a nanny from overseas comes with many financial obligations as well as a lot of paperwork. With the minimum wage increase, many families are finding that the financial benefits along with the hassle are no longer worth it.
Secondly, in order to sponsor a nanny from overseas families must be ready to spend $1000 on the LMIA processing fee. This fee is not refundable. One of the reasons for this fee is that the government is trying to encourage families to hire Canadians.
Thirdly, families must also pay for all transportation costs as well as health insurance until the worker is covered by the appropriate provincial/territorial health insurance plan. Employers must also buy workplace safety insurance.
Lastly, many families enjoyed having their nanny live in with them as well. Nannies are no longer obligated to live with the family that sponsors them! Nannies may choose to live out if they desire.
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Some families still choose to sponsor a nanny from overseas even though it is an inconvenience, because they want someone who is reliable and will stay with them for a long period of time. Even though they are able to leave at any time, it is a hassle to find a new employer and do the paperwork again.
My dear Grandmother was recently moved from her beautiful Condo to Baycrest Nursing Home. When I heard about the move, my stomach turned. I was so heartbroken to think of my grandmother moving to a nursing home. I remembered the sad feeling I felt when I used to visit my great aunt in the 90’s. I can still smell the stench of dirty diapers mixed with the smell of hospital meals. I can see the sadness on the faces of the seniors.
I walked into Baycrest Hospital yesterday and I was amazed. The place felt like a resort. My grandmothers room felt like a hotel room. She was busy in the music room listening to music with her wonderful caregiver Jenny at her side. She looked peaceful and happy.
Home Care is wonderful and my grandmother enjoyed living in the comfort of her own home for many years. I thought that was the utopia for her. I think I was wrong. My grandmother is busy with activities. Baycrest is a fresh and happy place for her to call home. My heart is at peace. I am overjoyed. My grandmother is happy.
We get this question all the time. Is a live in caregiver responsible to care for the senior during the night, or does another caregiver need to be hired to do the night shift?
A live in Caregiver can not be expected to work a 24 hour shift. If the senior requires care during the night, you do need to hire someone that can be responsible for the night shift.
If care at night is not required, and the caregiver is there only in case of emergency, most caregivers would be comfortable with that arrangement. You can possibly arrange with the caregiver that if an emergency ever comes up, you will pay her for her time.
It was a Thursday. My grandmother fell again and we all looked at each other and knew that it was time. Our Grandmother who cooked and baked and prided herself on her independence, could no longer be alone. Who would tell her? Nobody wanted that dreaded job. She would be angry. She would say it was a complete waste of money. She would hate having a stranger invade her personal space.
Telling someone you love, that they need care can be difficult and very painful. Here are some questions to ask yourself to help determine if care may be needed:
1) Has your senior been falling or getting hurt?
2) Is your senior more forgetful? Is he paying the bills? Is she missing appointments?
3) How is her/ his mental health? Is he lonely or depressed? Does she socialize?
4) Can he keep the house clean?
5) Can she get dressed, shower, make meals?
6) Is he taking his medication properly?
My Grandmother was very resistant when we brought up the idea. As a young widow, she had been on her own for almost 45 years. We were lucky enough to find a wonderful caregiver name Connie. She took care of my grandmother for 5 years. They cooked and baked together. They talked and went to appointments together. Connie kept the house clean and was there for my grandmother always. Although it was a huge adjustment for my grandmother, it did not take long for her to grow to love Connie.