Resume App Helps Caregivers Prepare for Job Search

Looking for a new job in any field can be stressful. Particularly for caregivers in the digital age, learning the various online tools to search and knowing how to present yourself the right way to get hired can be puzzling, to say the least. The PathSource Resume app gives users the ability to build a professional resume right on their phone. 

When users first open the app, they are presented with a series of intro screens detailing all of the functions of the app. After caregivers swipe through all of the options, they come to the final screen which shows them a button to begin building a resume, and a claim that it will take under 10 minutes. 

The first part of the guided process takes caregivers through a list of contact information, such as name, address, etc. Then it asks for employment status. If you indicate that you are currently employed, then it asks for all of the information about your current position, such as company name, job title, dates of employment, and responsibilities. Private caregivers might list private family, individual caregiver, self-employed or another fitting phrase under the company name. For more help building your resume, read Caregiverlist's resume tips and tricks.

The next section asks about education information, including any degrees and certificates earned in the past or ones that a caregiver is actively pursuing right now. Then, the app asks users to select the industry in which they plan to use their resume for. Home care or caregiving is not an option. Caregivers may need to settle for the closest category they can find, which might be Nursing Assistant or something similar. 

Then the basics of building a resume have been completed. Caregivers can then go to the design tool and choose between several pre-designed templates available in the app. Remembering that the goal of a resume is simply to display pertinent information about your job history, picking a clean layout without too much excess frill will make your information stand out best. 

When users move to export their resume, the app also analyzes it and makes suggestions for future actions to strengthen your career, such as school programs to pursue. It also provides a market outlook on job growth and salary information. Once their resume has been completed, caregivers can apply for caregiver jobs on Caregiverlist. 

The PathSource Resume app is available for Apple and Android platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko 

Stress Relief Photo: Beauty in the Brazilian Sky

We never tire of a beautiful sunset. This week's stress relief photo was taken in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, just before the start of the Olympic Games. Caregiverlist invites you to enjoy the photo and share it with loved ones. At Caregiverlist we know the realities of caregiver stress. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and caring for our seniors. Please refer your friends to apply for part-time and full-time job positions on and visit our career center for additional career tools. Have a great week.

"Every sunset brings a promise of a new dawn."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Establish New Habits and Track Progress Using App

They say the key to forming a new habit is repetition. Once you've completed a task several times, it becomes part of your daily or weekly routine. For senior caregivers, habits might include working out for 30 minutes a day, checking in with the family of a senior client or something as small as checking in on finances once a week. The Habitify app allows senior caregivers to keep track of new and existing habits. 

When users first download the app, they need to create a profile to keep track of their progress. The app offers the option to sign up using e-mail or an existing Facebook account. Then, users see the home screen of the app, which will be blank. To create new habits, caregivers simply need to click the button with a plus sign at the bottom of the screen. 

To create a new goal, caregivers need to give it a name, select how often it should repeat, a starting date and designate if they'd like a reminder to complete the task. Tasks can be repeated on a daily basis, specific days or non-specific days. For specific days, caregivers need to pick which days of the week the habit should be completed on. For non-specific days, caregivers need to pick how frequently the habit should happen each week, i.e. 3 times a week. 

The home screen of the app then displays all of the habits created and a bar across the top allows caregivers to click between days and see which habits need to be completed on each day. When users complete a task, they can click on it, select Done and then a blue check mark will appear next to it in the app. 

Having a list of habits to complete on a regular basis can help caregivers manage the stressors in their daily life. By seeing a list of habits and regularly check them off, caregivers can more easily establish a pattern and the to-do list may seem less overwhelming. The free version of the app limits the number of habits that can be entered to only three, but if caregivers would like more then they can upgrade to the paid version of the app.

The Habitify app is available for Apple platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko 

New York Nursing Home Cost Infographic for October 2016

Caregiverlist has released the updated daily costs of nursing homes in New York state. We found 655 nursing homes in New York; the average cost for which is about $333 per day for a semi-private room. New York nursing homes have an average Caregiverlist Star Rating of 2.8 out of 5 stars. New York's nursing homes are now the 2nd costliest in the nation, surpassing Connecticut. Only Alaska is more expensive at $751 per day. All of New York's neighboring state nursing homes are less expensive, with Pennsylvania coming in at least expensive with a daily cost of $226 per day for a shared room.

Stress Relief Photo: Under the Palms

We invite you to take a moment to relax and enjoy our stress relief photo and inspirational quote and share them with loved ones. This week's photo of palm trees and a bright blue sky was taken in Orlando, Florida. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and the care you provide for our seniors. More caregivers are always needed as seniors in America are living longer. You can learn more about becoming a senior caregiver and apply for a job near you. We hope you have a great week.

"Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later."
-Og Mandino

Caregivers Stay Up-To-Date on Weather With Radar App

With warnings of Hurricane Matthew hitting Florida and South Carolina this weekend and potentially moving up the East Coast, staying up-to-date with the most recent information and warnings holds utmost importance. For caregivers with senior clients in the affected areas, ensuring that they're prepared for the storm and a potential evacuation is the highest priority. To stay abreast of the latest with the storm, the MyRadar app offers a look at the most recent radar data. 

A radar shows any precipitation or storms in the area using a scale of severity ranging from light blue at the low end to bright pink at the high end. When users first open the MyRadar app, they only need to allow it to use their current location to get see their radar data. As a default, the app shows what the radar has looked like in your area for the past hour. Cloud formations move across the map as a ticker at the bottom updates the time in increments of five minutes. The coloring of the formations changes with the severity of the storm in real time to offer an accurate measure of the storm. 

On the upper bar, caregivers can see a summary of the weather forecast for their area. If they place their finger on that top banner and pull it down, then it brings up a full hourly forecast for the next 24 hours plus a summary of the five-day forecast including the chance of rain. The detailed forecast for the day continues below that with a summary plus Wind and Pressure information. This area of the app proves useful for caregivers on any given day to get a detailed snapshot of the forecast. This enables caregivers to properly plan their day with their senior clients if they need to run errands or planned to spend a little time outside. The forecast will be increasingly useful as the winter months approach and some areas of the US might experience more extreme weather. 

For caregivers currently in the predicted path of Hurricane Matthew, it is important to note that the radar does not show predictions of the next hour or two. Instead, the only data available is from the previous hour. But caregivers can follow along in real-time with the storm over their specific area to see as it hits and can get an idea of when the worst might have passed over them. However, no one should assume the storm is over and moved on to other areas until the local media deems it so. Pay attention to local news and all warnings from the government in addition to watching the storm radar on your own. There is a Hurricane Watch area of the app, but activating it requires an upgrade to the paid version. 

For senior caregivers and their clients, disaster preparedness during storms and extreme weather is key. Create a plan with your senior clients and their families in case of future events. The MyRadar app is available for Apple and Android platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko 

Raindrops on Roses: Stress Awareness Photo

This week's stress awareness photo was taken at Portobello Market in London, England, and features roses, full of promise as they are about to blossom. We invite you to take a moment to enjoy the photo and the inspirational quote and feel free to share them with loved ones. Caregivers provide companionship and caregiving to seniors, and must remember to "care for the caregiver." Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and caring for our seniors. We hope you have a great week. 

"We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, 
or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses."
-Abraham Lincoln

Virginia Nursing Home Costs and Star Ratings Updated

“Virginia is for lovers”, so say the ads, and it’s a beautiful state -- from the Appalachian Mountains to Chesapeake Bay. Virginia has a rich history, of course, and Jamestown, founded in 1607, was the first permanent English settlement in North America. It’s the birthplace of many U.S. founding fathers and home to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. Colonial Williamsburg is still the vacation place of choice if you want to see what life was like during the Revolution.

It is estimated that by 2030, Virginians ages 65 and older will grow to about 1.8 million. Many of those seniors and their families will begin to look ahead to needed nursing home care for themselves or for their loved ones.

Right now, the average annual price of a semi-private room in a Virginia nursing home is $70,080 or $5,840 per month. The average daily price of a private nursing home in a Virginia is $217, or $6,600 per month and $79,205 annually. While Virginia’s nursing home are the 27th costliest in the nation, they are more expensive than the nursing homes in their neighboring states of Tennessee, Kentucky, and North Carolina but less expensive than the neighboring Maryland, West Virginia, and District of Columbia nursing home averages.

Below is a snapshot of Virginia nursing home costs and ratings. You can also see our findings on our Virginia nursing home cost infographic.

Total Number of Nursing Homes: 301
Average Single Price: $217
Average Double Price: $192
Average Star Rating: 2.7 (out of 5)

Star Rating Snapshot:
5-Star: 10
4-Star: 75
3-Star: 159
2-Star: 41
1-Star: 16

The nursing home talk is a difficult one and most families avoid the discussion until the need is imminent. Caregiverlist believes and informed consumer is in the best position to make those critical long-term care choices. We are always updating our nursing home cost database and have released the latest costs and ratings for nursing homes nationwide.

Virginia seniors and their families should understand the costs of nursing homes in their chosen area, along with their overall ratings. Hospitals often discharge the senior to a nursing home for post-hospital stay rehabilitation after a stroke or major surgery. If the senior’s stay is longer than the Medicare-covered 100 days, those costs becomes out-of-pocket.

In-home caregiving can be an attractive option if 24-hour care is not needed. Many families will work with a quality home care agency for their senior care needs. The hourly rate for senior home care in Virginia can range from $14 to $28 per hour, depending on the location and level of care required, with the added benefit of one-on-one assistance. In home care agency caregivers are also fully vetted, insured, and taxed, per federal requirements.

Every family has to determine their own breaking point between cost and level of care. We recommend you consult with a professional who can come up with a financial action plan to anticipate future long-term care costs. They will help assess your future spending needs. Seniors and their family caregivers can research nursing home costs and ratings in any state nationwide through the Caregiverlist Nursing Home Directory, the only resource with this trademarked information.

Virginia Nursing Home Cost Infographic for October 2016

Caregiverlist has released the updated daily costs of nursing homes in Virginia. We found 301 nursing homes in Virginia; the average rate for a shared room is about $192 per day. Virginia nursing homes have an average Caregiverlist Star Rating of 2.7 out of 5 stars. Virginia's nursing homes are now the 27th costliest in the nation. Neighboring areas are both more expensive (West Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia) and less expensive (Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina.) 

Caregivers Buy and Sell Clothes Just in Time for Winter Using App

As the weather turns colder, it's time to pull the winter wardrobe out and examine what you might be missing plus what you don't wear anymore. For caregivers on a tight budget, shopping for new clothes can be challenging. The Saily app gives senior caregivers the ability to sell old clothes that are still in good condition and search for gently-used clothes to stock up for winter. 

A good rule of thumb when deciding whether or not to part with an article of clothing comes down to the last time you wore that piece of clothing. If it's been more than a year, it's safe to say you likely won't wear it again and can part with it. Go through your closet and pull out any items that meet these criteria and put them in a pile to sell, if they're still in good enough condition. 

Then, examine the clothes left and decide what you might be missing that you'll need for the next few months. Perhaps you're in need of a few sweaters for work, or you could use a new scarf to go with your winter coat. Make note of the items you're searching for and then open the Sally app. 

When caregivers first create an account in the app, it asks them to select the categories that fit their shopping interests. The options include Shoes & Sneakers, Laptops & Computers, Phones & Tablets, Handbags and Watches. While most of these don't fall into Wardrobe items, the app certainly has listings for all sorts of different types of clothing as well. 

From the home screen of the app, caregivers can scroll through a feed of various available listings, or search by a specific term. The prices are all set by the users selling the items and show the discount from the original price. Some items are priced at more of a discount than others, so caregivers may need to weed through the listings based on their own budget. In a search for "Sweaters," we scrolled down a little and found six listings in a row for less than $20, so it's not that difficult to find. 

Alternatively, to sell an item, all caregivers need to do is take a photo using the camera on their phone, and then enter some basic information. The requested information includes Title, Description, Category, Retail Price and Selling Price. The difference between the Retail Price and the Selling Price determines what percentage saving is shown on the listing for prospective buyers. Remember to consider how much you'd be willing to pay for the item in its current condition before selecting the price.

The Saily App is available for Apple platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko 

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