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What to Do When Your Caregiver or Nanny Calls in Sick

It’s no secret that your life is busy. Work projects, helping kids with homework, extracurricular activities – they all take time. Planning ahead can prevent a scramble to fill the gap when sickness or other life emergencies happen and your caregiver or nanny is not able to make it to your home.

Tip #1: Plan ahead of time for ‘just in case’ moments.

In the event that your nanny or caregiver cannot make it to work, having an emergency plan for childcare or care for your elderly loved one is important. For example, what other family members are in the area and available to help? What people can you have lined up for temporary drop-in daycare for your child? Who could help grocery shop or sit with your elderly loved one for the day to ensure they are kept safe? Have these people confirmed as options ahead of time so you can call on them in the event of an emergency.

Tip #2: Cancel non-essential outings.

If your caregiver or nanny is out sick, review the daily schedule and cancel anything that is non-essential. For example, cancel medical appointments that can be rescheduled or move playdates to another time. This relieves pressure on the person that is standing in temporarily and will make it easier for you to find help.

Tip #3: Keep things guilt-free.

Your caregiver and nanny understand that they are providing a necessary service for you. For that reason, quality caregivers won’t play hooky or call in sick when they really aren’t. Do not make them feel guilty by telling them that you are now in a dilemma because they are not there. These types of statements are not helpful and could cause frustration or resentment later down the road.

Tip #4: Do your due diligence.

The coronavirus pandemic has made people more aware of the spread of illness and how to mitigate risk. If your nanny or caregiver calls in sick, do not be afraid to ask them about their possible exposure to COVID-19. If there is a chance that they have been exposed, talk to them about getting tested and be in contact with them after that. If they believe they have been exposed, limit their exposure to your family for an appropriate amount of time. Following medical guidelines and recommendations regarding exposure or positive testing will help keep you and your loved ones safe.

Reposted with a permission from Home Work Solutions (

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