Go Back-to-School with BookJane!

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Ready, Set, Go! It’s that time of the year again! We’re super excited to see the little ones on their 1st day of school, and we’ve got just the contest for you!

For a chance to win an amazing three hours of child care submit your favourite back to school photos to BookJane by:

  • Posting your child’s Back to School photo on Facebook or Instagram,
  • Tagging BookJane on the photo and,
  • Using the hashtag #BookJaneKids on your post description.

Hurry! Submit your entries by September 12, 2016! Winner will be announced on September 15th, and your photo will be featured on BookJane!

10 steps to picking the perfect caregiver

Picking the perfect caregiver can be a daunting, laborious task. Caregivers are an important component of your child’s development. Positive childhood experiences can impact your child’s future, which is why these decisions require due diligence. So what steps should you take to ensure that you pick the perfect caregiver for your child? We’ve compiled a list of top ten things to look for when hiring the best of the best for your bundle of joy or your senior parents.

 

1First aid certification 

Check whether your caregiver holds a valid First Aid Certification. While there are many levels of CPR certifications, for caregivers, ask to see a CPR C-level certification. First aid certificates are valid for 3 years from the issue date so ensure that the certificate provided is active. This will ensure that your child’s caregiver will have the training necessary to respond to emergency situations that may arise. It is also a good idea to inquire whether their CPR C-level certification covered the child and infant CPR training component required for child caregivers.

 

2Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC)

Requesting a VSC is an important step in vetting a caregiver. A VSC is an enhanced criminal record check. It is necessary when an individual is working with seniors and children. It is also applicable when working with people with disabilities or in circumstances under which individuals are at a greater risk of being harmed by a person with higher authority or trust. In addition to a search within the RCMP National Repository of Criminal Records, it also searches for any sexual offense convictions for which an individual has received a pardon.

 

3Liability and Work Safety and Insurance Board Coverage

Ask for proof of liability insurance and Work Safety Insurance Board Coverage. This is important as you may be held accountable for any injuries sustained by the caregiver or personal support worker. More over without these documents in place, you may also be liable for any damages caused by them.

 

4Training and Experience

Your caregiver will spend a lot of time with your child. Finding someone that is able to foster a positive learning, inclusive, and fun environment is crucial for their development. Look for a caregiver with formal training. Typically an Early Childcare Assistant (ECA) diploma provides training to develop skills and techniques through a classroom and “hands-on” experience. An Early Childhood Educator diploma is a more in-depth qualification which requires the completion of a two to four year college program. While education does provide training, finding someone that has extensive work experience outside of this formal training can be a bonus. On the senior care side, a Personal Support Worker certificate and or extensive experience working with seniors should be required.

 

5Immunization Check

The health and safety of your child is important. Ensuring that your caregiver has the proper vaccinations will reduce the risk of them passing on an undiagnosed communicable disease. Child care workers could themselves be exposed to communicable diseases and should have a complete immunization record including Tdap, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Meningococcal, Pertussis, Rubella, and Varicella. Verifying whether a child care worker has received/ will be receiving the annual flu shot is a good idea, especially if working with children less than 60 months of age.

 

6References

Ask for two references (professional and personal) from a potential care giver. Professional references can include trainers, teachers, and colleagues with whom they have worked with previously. You may want to verify the legitimacy of professional references by asking for work emails or work phone numbers. Follow up with the references and don’t make any decisions until you have.

 

7Interview

Set up a time to have a face to face (best case) or online interview on a platform such as Skype with your potential caregiver. Ask them about their experience, whether they smoke, whether they are comfortable with pets (should you have any), any meal prep experience, their ability to be responsive to email, text, and calls. Any scenario type questions that can assess their behavior such as “What would you do if a child is unresponsive” are also important to ask.

 

8Scheduling/ Proximity

When will you need a caregiver? Will you need him/ her to be available on the fly? What is their availability like and are they close enough to your child’s school or your home? Ensuring their schedule matches your needs is important to establish before putting in time and effort into requesting documents. Establish whether they have any planned time off, to confirm whether or not there will be a future scheduling conflict.

 

9Social Media

When it comes to finding that perfect caregiver, you may want to put your Sherlock Holmes hat on. According to the Jobvites 2014 Social Media Survey, 93% of recruiters will review a candidate’s social profile before making a hiring decision. Hiring your child’s or senior parent’s caregiver should be no different. Look for any red flags on your potential hire on social media.

 

10Assess your child’s response

Start off with getting your potential caregiver to spend short periods of time, half an hour or so, with your loved one. If you’re looking for a caregiver for your child, assess your child’s response to their new caregiver. Every child is different and can take varying amounts of time to warm up to their caregiver. However, if you see your child excited when they see their caregiver, its a good sign that you’ve made the right choice.

 

Finding a good caregiver is difficult. And even when you do find someone who you absolutely love, availabilities can be difficult to coordinate. Companies such as BookJane do all the hard work for you. BookJane Caregivers have already passed Steps 1-7 and what’s more, each caregiver comes with real customer reviews that ensure that you can select the best caregiver as rated by people just like you! Touching on point 8, you can look for AND book caregivers within your vicinity and confirm that they are available during your requested time. Locations of caregivers can also be traced 15 minutes prior to their scheduled shift as well as throughout the duration of the shift. Additionally, BookJane also provides assurance when something goes wrong. BookJane has a general liability coverage of up to $5 million and their caregivers are fully covered under the Work Safety Insurance Board. This covers the caregiver for any incidents should they sustain an injury on the job.

 

Let BookJane take the trouble out of finding caregivers for you!

What are Adult Care Centers?

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Adult Care Centers have been increasing in popularity as the baby boomer generation hits the retirement age. These facilities provide a place where, during the day, seniors can be cared for and have the opportunity to spend time with other seniors. These centers are great at keeping seniors motivated and energized. They provide opportunities for seniors to engage in social activities while being cared for in a comfortable environment.

Adult Care Centers, also known as Adult Day Programs and Adult Day Services help to empower seniors by promoting a social and more active environment for the elderly. These centers often provide a needed respite for families with seniors, that are no longer fully independent, by taking care of their needs and providing a helping hand with the tasks that seniors may require.

Different Adult Care Centers offer varying levels of activities and services. Before registering a senior for an Adult Care Program you should guarantee that they provide the services you are looking for.

Services may include:

  • Hot meals
  • Snacks
  • Therapeutic and social programing
  • Recreational activities
  • Hairdressing and Barbering
  • Physician directed health assessments
  • Exercise programs
  • Transportation

The Adult Day Programs are generally rated highly, and well received by families and seniors alike. The pricing for these services can vary significantly by center, and in parts of Canada the government even subsides these programs reducing the cost for individual families. If you are interested, calling or researching your local center online can give you the specific information needed to make decisions. 

Adult Care Centers are yet another way the sandwich generation is evolving to meet the demands of the older generations. We continually need to find new ways to provide quality care to our families when they need it. BookJane staff are dependable, qualified caregivers, and can be found working in Adult Day Services. We have seen it make a difference for some of our customers, and fully endorse this service for the families  and centers. However, there are still many circumstances where care is needed outside of these services. These include times where one is not up to going to the center, the center is closed, or they have appointments outside of the center.  In some cases the transportation, or unfamiliar environments can be uncomfortable or unsettling for vulnerable individuals. Additionally, the centers in your area may not be able to provide the necessary services. In these circumstances, know that you can rely on BookJane for trusted on-demand care.

Creating Quality Moments

So you finally have some time with the family and you want to make it count. How do you make sure you end up with quality moments? Well, we don’t have all of the answers, but we talked to some families and this is what we got. If you think there is something important that we missed please comment and let us know!

 Put your phone away

To get the most out of time with your family you should be actively in the moment. Using your phone can distract you from the present and at times can communicate a lack of interest towards the people around you.

Have traditions

Having something to look forward towards can be a source of comfort and bonding for families. It does not matter if your tradition is to watch Survivor, or go out for dinner. The important part is that you have a consistent activity and time. Having trouble getting everyone to agree on the same thing? Try creating a tradition involving a consistent time, but a rotating activity. If everyone gets to do something they really want to do on their turn, they may be willing to go to other activities. You never know what you might like. Check out our blog on the best family traditions for some more ideas on what you could do together.

Work together to solve problems

There are always challenges to overcome, but enlisting your family to help can work towards bringing you together. This will not work for all challenges, but in many cases it can help you overcome obstacles faster and create a greater level of understanding for the challenges each of you are facing.

Talk together

Talking about your problems, your thoughts, and your opinions can help you understand who you are and how your family may be different than others. Talking is the best way to make sure your family is on the same page and avoid miscommunication.

Eat together

In order to talk to each other you need a time and a place to do so. Meals can be a time to relax, plan events, and catch up on developments in your lives.

Sleep Enough

A lack of sleep can put you in a bad mood and stop you from enjoying precious moments with your family. Try and make sure that everyone is well rested, and if you are not, make it clear to your family. If there is a reason why you are so tired consider sharing it with your family, maybe they can help.

Smile More

Smiling makes you happy. Smile more, be happier, and make those around you smile more. Sometimes you don’t want to smile, but you are always able to.

Be Grateful for the little things

It is not always easy to follow these tips and have quality moments. But trying is better than not. Do the best you can, and it will be worthwhile. There will be times when it works and times when it does not. Often it will be hard to tell which is which until much after the fact. Be grateful for the moments you have and enjoy them.

How to Juggle Family and Work

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Can You Juggle?

If you have a family and a job the answer is yes. Whether or not you can throw and catch three balls, when you need to balance between time at work and time at home something is always up in the air, and it is up to you to stop it from crashing on the ground.

 

How To Juggle?

It is not easy. Every person tries to manage this balance differently, some people are more successful at it than others. Here are a some tips from some of the most successful families we know:

1. Quality Means More Than Quantity

Time spent in the same place as your family is not the same as spending time them. What truly matters are the special moments that you share together. These are the moments you can look back on and remember with a smile. These moments dont happen every day, but there are some things you can do to facilitate these moments. These moments can be incredible, and it is really important that we make time and create the circumstances for them to happen.  Check out our blog on “Creating quality moments” for more details.

2. Be There For The Important Moments

Not all moments will seem important, but they may be meaningful in the lives of your loved ones. It can be hard to get away from your responsibilities for all the events you want to go to. The act of choosing what is important should not be easy, but if you can go, you should. You never know what is going to happen, and if there is a special moment you could be missing. Often important moments are not only special for you, but also those close to you.

3. Set Goals

A good way to make sure that you are balancing work and family is to set goals. Often people make goals for work; quotas or deadlines that help them stay on track. However, it is not a common practice for people’s personal lives. Goals could include to attend certain events, spend a set number of hours with the family, or have a weekly tradition for the year. No matter what your goals are they give you something to measure your success against. When you measure something, you can see how it can be improved. This can help you set the path for the type of life you would like to have.

4. Enjoy

The most important part of this balancing act is to enjoy yourself. It can be stressful when you are crunched for time, and constantly on the move, but the objective should be to enjoy all aspects of life. Time to relax and recharge should be easy to enjoy. If you are thinking about work constantly you are going to drop a ball. Taking a mental break from work is healthy, and will let you work better.

 

 

How BookJane Can Help You Juggle

There is just simply not enough time. Every day we all have to make choices about where we spend our time. We can’t be everywhere at the same time; sometimes it is necessary to stay late at work, while other times you need to leave work for something important. BookJane allows you the flexibility to decide what today will be.  It is not our place to tell you how to balance your life, but it is our place to help by adding an extra pair of hands that you can trust.

 

 

Comment and let us know how you balance work home. We hope that you find this helpful, and maybe soon you will be a pro juggler!