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01/13/2015 10:24 am ET Updated Jan 13, 2015

What's The Protocol When Your Nanny Gets Sick?

For many nannies, employment comes without healthcare benefits and an insurance policy, meaning getting sick can result in questions about how to handle care.

In a conversation with HuffPost Live on Monday, Kerri Zane, a single mom and lifestyle expert, recalled her family's nanny Gloria being diagnosed with cancer. Offering her assistance was a no-brainer, Zane said.

"When she went to the hospital, they weren't going to let me into her room because I wasn't a family member, and so I told them that I was her sister, and they let me in, and she became my Latina sister," she recalled. "To this day, we send each other birthday cards that say 'I love you sister,' so it's just this amazing bond."

Caring for Gloria "like a mother" came naturally to Zane, who considers her to be "an integral part" of her family.

"These are people that are so critical in our lives and they're taking care of our precious cargo -- how can you not support them and help them as they support and help you?" she asked. "There was no question that whatever Gloria needed from me, I was going to do to help her."

Watch more from HuffPost Live's conversation about caring for an infirmed nanny here.

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