Chicago Certified Nursing Assistant and Caregiver Appreciation Day June 16, 2017

C.N.A. Day of Celebration 2017

Caregivers and Certified Nursing Assistants provide the hands-on care to assist seniors to age-in-place and to live a healthy lifestyle.

Chicago Caregivers and C.N.A.'s and any individual interested in becoming a C.N.A. or Caregiver are invited to join us in celebrating the 40th Annual National Nursing Assistants Week. Genevieve Gipson, a Registered Nurse in Ohio, created the C.N.A. Network and advocated for professional certification for nursing assistants. Her efforts enabled national legislation for the training and certification of nursing assistants nationwide.

Free C.N.A. Day of Celebration

Friday, June 16, 2017

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Morning Workshops from 9 a.m. to 12 noon will be repeated in afternoon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.)

Midwestern Career College, located on Chicago River near Metra train and El trains

100 South Wacker Drive, Lower Level

RSVP to Attend 

More Caregivers and C.N.A.'s are needed as America's seniors continue to live longer lives while needing senior care to assist them with their Activities of Daily Living (ADL's).

Become a professional senior caregiver in Illinois by taking an online 8-hour course meeting the state's training requirements. Certified Nursing Aides are required to attend an approved C.N.A. school such as the Midwestern Career College and to then pass the state exam for official "certification" as a nursing aide. This is the first step in the career ladder for working in the healthcare field which is predicted to be a top employer in the coming decade.

You may begin your caregiving career by applying for a job on Caregiverlist and you will then be considered for employment as a companion caregiver or C.N.A. by licensed senior home care agencies.

Join us on June 16th for Workshops on how to pay for C.N.A. school (you can qualify for funding of your tuition), attend mini-training courses by C.N.A. instructors and meet employers. View the agenda for the C.N.A. Appreciation Day - and you also receive a goody bag and free food and snacks!


Caregiver Stress Relief: Greek Island Serenity

We are lucky when we get the chance to relax in a beautiful place away from home. This week's stress relief photo is of a house overlooking the Aegean, and was taken on the island of Santorini in Greece. Please enjoy and feel free to share the photo and inspirational quote with loved ones. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and caring for our seniors. Senior care training assists caregivers to better manage a senior's care needs and manage caregiver stress. We hope you have a great week.


"Every heart sings a song incomplete until another heart whispers back."
-Plato

Beauty in Brooklyn: Stress Relief Photo

We hope you all enjoyed a happy Mother's Day-- whether you are a mother, celebrated with your mother, or honored the memory of those no longer with us. 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 was taken in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. It is simply a mural on a wall, but its beauty struck me. 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.


"When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. 
A mother always has to think twice, once for herself, and once for her child." 
 -Sophia Loren

Patient Education App Helps Caregivers, Senior Clients Understand Medical Issues

For caregivers, looking after senior clients with specific medical issues can be challenging. It's important to fully understand the health issue and the steps being taken to prevent or lessen the effects of the issue at hand. The primary source of information should always be a medical professional, but for caregivers and senior clients looking for more information, the Complete Ortho app offers detailed patient education materials.

When caregivers first open the app, they don't have to create an account, which is refreshing. It brings users directly to a screen to select an area of the body to drill down to the information they're seeking. Body area options include: shoulder, elbow, hand & wrist, spine, hip, knee, and ankle & foot. Caregivers and their senior clients can use these to drill down to an area where they may be experiencing pain, or to an area where they already have a doctor's diagnosis but would like more information. The descriptions in the app will help caregivers and their senior clients get more information about what could be causing pain or difficulty before visiting the doctor. Of course. all information should be verified with a physician. 

Once caregivers select a body part, they will be taken to a screen with a close-up on a skeletal view of that part of the body on the left and a menu with several options on the right. Caregivers can see on the right a tab for anatomy, which goes into detail about all of the different aspects of that body part. For example, when looking at the foot diagram, you can click on "Achilles Tendon." When users click on it, a diagram within the app highlights the tendon and whirls to the correct position to display it. So if a senior client finds out they're having an issue with their Achilles Tendon, now they can see exactly where it's located on their body and where the problem may be stemming from. 


The next tab in this area of the app is dedicated to conditions concerning that area of the body. This area offers short videos explaining the function and structure of the different parts of anatomy in the first tab and then offering explanations of why an issues has occurred with them and where the pain is stemming from. For example, with the Achille' Tendon, the app explains that users might experience pain from frequent running or jumping. 

The final tab on this area explains the treatments for the conditions listed in the previous tab. These contain more videos that go into detail about the purpose of certain medical procedures. This area will be particularly useful for senior clients who may already know they need a specific surgery or procedure to gain a thorough understanding of what will be done.

The Complete Ortho 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


Caregiver Stress Relief: Chicago Blossoms

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. This week's stress relief photo was taken in the Chicago Women's Park in the South Loop area of Chicago, Illinois. The time to savor these delicate blossoms is fleeting, so I love to admire them as much as I can. We invite you to take a moment to enjoy the photo and the inspirational quote and share them with loved ones. We hope you have a great week. 


"It's the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all."
-Laura Ingalls Wilder

Fields of Gold: Caregiver Stress Relief

This week's stress relief photo was taken on the grounds of Castle Howard in Yorkshire, England. The yellow fields of rapeseed put on a magnificent display each spring. 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 Caregiverlist.com and visit our career center for additional career tools. Have a great week.


"Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, 
and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."  -A.A. Milne

Logic Game Helps Senior Clients Keep Brain Active

For seniors, one of the best ways to prevent the onset of dementia is to keep the mind active. This doesn't mean that seniors need to be constantly working on complex projects, though. Brain exercise as simple as reading a book, completing a crossword or playing a brain game will keep the cogs turning. The Logic Puzzles app provides caregivers and their senior clients a way to exercise their minds.

The premise of the games in this app is to read clues and figure out the breakdown of the scenario accordingly. For example, the first game in the app focuses on a bobsledding tournament. The clues at the bottom are designated to help users decide who in the puzzle belongs on the team from which country, which of them are partners and what color bobsled they compete in.

The grid above the clues shows all of the possible combinations and as seniors read the clues, they can mark the boxes below as red for not correct or green for the correct combination. For example, one of the clues says that Ted and his partner are the white sled, so the user would select a green box for Ted and the white sled. They could also select a red box for the white sled column under the other users, but they do still need to figure out who Ted's partner is.


Senior caregivers could work on figuring out the clues with their senior clients. Some of the clues offer straight answers about which boxes are correct, while others offer hints that need to be combined with other clues to solve. 

Once seniors complete the puzzle and think they know the correct answers, they can select "Check Answers" from the menu in the upper left corner of the app and see how well they did. The app contains 10 different puzzles, so senior caregivers can plan to do one each week with their client and then possibly repeat the puzzles after some time has passed. 

The Logic Puzzle 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


Long-term care insurance caregiver training

Long-term care insurance policies require caregivers to be trained to meet the policy requirements. The caregiver training requirements will vary based on the policy but usually require a caregiver to have professional training meeting their state requirements or to be a Certified Nursing Assistant (C.N.A.) by passing the state C.N.A. training course and state exam.

Learn about caregiver training requirements in your state to purchase training meeting your LTCI policy.

How to Become a Caregiver for Senior Care with State Approved Caregiver Training

Senior caregiver training requirements vary by state, based on state law requirements for licensed senior home care agencies and private duty senior care (caregivers hired and paid privately - this is still an old-school term used in the industry: "private duty").

Why do states regulate senior care? Because most senior care fraud starts in the home by a loved one or caregiver. Senior care can take an emotional toll on the caregiver and sometimes this can lead even good caregivers to take a wrong turn to justify financial, emotional or physical elder abuse.

In addition, many of our modern employment laws, such as payroll taxes which an employer takes out of each check for the employee and also contributes additional money for each payroll, provide for Social Security benefits, Worker's Compensation benefits and insurance protections and healthcare benefits.

States are passing legislation to protect both the caregiver and the senior. 

Caregiverlist provides a training portal to allow senior care companies to easily train all of their caregivers and track the training renewals while giving the caregivers a competency exam to test retention of the training skills.

Family caregivers and hire-direct caregivers can also take online caregiver training to learn basic caregiving skills to make sure they are maintaining safety and staying current with elder-abuse laws, privacy laws and the latest Alzhiemer's disease care and approved medications and other age-related disease care. Caregivers may view training required in their state and join the Professional Association of Caregivers to receive a t-shirt and lapel pin along with their online training course.




Receive Online Caregiver Training + T-shirt and Lapel Pin

Stress Relief Photo: Springtime Stroll

This is one of my favorite times of year, when the world is bursting with the colors of new life. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and caring for our seniors. Senior care training assists caregivers to better manage a senior's care needs and manage caregiver stress. This week's stress relief photo was taken in Lincoln Park in Chicago. Please enjoy and feel free to share the photo and inspirational quote with loved ones. We hope you have a great week.


"Dream without fear, love without limits, and let your life sing its song." -Dilip Bathjia
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