Medication Management Podcasts for Senior Caregivers

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the United Hospital Fund's Next Step in Care campaign have collaborated on a series of podcasts on medication management for family caregivers and health care providers. 

Designed to assist senior caregivers and family members think about the steps involved in medication management, the 6  free educational podcasts are free.

Medication management can be a challenge and especially difficult during transitions to or from a hospital or nursing home or Assisted Living community.  Short and long-term care needs can vary and the organization of medications is necessary to help caregiving services go smoothly. 

Medications can become confusing for people at any age, but then when you combine the switching in and out fo generic medications and changes in doses with memory loss, medication management is even more of a challenge.

Senior caregivers, clinicians and senior care companies may all click to hear the podcasts:

Helping Patients and Caregivers Take the Next step in Care:  Medication Management

Senior caregivers can find tools for caregiver skills and apply for a caregiving position in their area on Caregiverlist.


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Daily Activities Can Help Stave Off Alzheimer's and Dementia

Exercise for seniors is a good idea. It promotes healthy aging, improves health and increases longevity. Now a recent study published in the journal Neurology, shows that exercise can help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, even in those over 80 years old.

We’re not talking about lifting weights or running for miles. Simple daily chores such as cooking, cleaning, washing dishes — even moving around more, showed that active seniors are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than their less active counterparts.

According to Dr. Aron S. Buchman, lead author of the study and associate professor of neurological sciences at Rush, “These results provide support for efforts to encourage all types of physical activity even in very old adults who might not be able to participate in formal exercise, but can still benefit from a more active lifestyle.”

Doctors at Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center monitored the daily activity of 716 people without dementia by use of a device called an actigraph, on their nondominant wrist for 10 days. All activity was recorded and subjects were given annual cognitive tests for the next 3.5 years.

Results showed that those test subjects in the bottom 10 percent of daily physical activity were more than twice as likely (2.3 times) to develop Alzheimer’s disease as people in the top 10 percent of daily activity.

So much of the fear associated with Alzheimer’s and dementia comes from the feeling that one has no control over the disease. This study gives the hope that there is something we can do to prevent the onset of those devastating conditions. My 82-year-old mother still washes her kitchen floor every other day, sometimes on her hands and knees. She refuses my help, insisting that it’s her activity that has kept “Old Timer’s disease” at bay. It looks like once again, mom may be right.

The Study on Frailty in Aging (SOFIA) is a sub-study of the ongoing Rush Memory and Aging Project. Rush is still actively recruiting participants for the SOFIA study. Those interested in becoming part of the Rush Memory and Aging Project and SOFIA can contact study coordinator Tracey Nowakowski at (312) 942-2214. Participants must be 65 years of age or older with no previous diagnosis of dementia.

If you are already caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia, Caregiverlist has partnered with the leading producer of training videos for the caregiving industry, Terra Nova Films, to assist our caregiving community with understanding how to care for the physical, emotional and psychosocial needs of older adults.

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Hearing Aid Challenges: Costs and Convincing Dad to Get One

Hearing aids.....just mention the word and a lively conversation will begin - even if you can't hear every word spoken because you are the person who needs ones.  Senior caregivers know the challenges of assisting someone who just cannot hear and witness the isolation this can cause for them.

My Father very much needs a hearing aid.  We have been trying to get him to buy one for the last 5 years.  We even did a suprise visit to a hearing aide clinic one year at Thanksgiving and he was actually very impressed by the state-of-the art hearing aids.  Did you know they even have ones now that will fit inside the ear and nobody will ever see it?

He heard the Chicago El trains going by for the first time while he was in the hearing aid clinic - and they are loud!  Without the hearing aid, he didn't hear the trains which ran right by the outside window of the hearing aid clinic.  If that is not reason enough to purchase one, what is, right?

Every excuse you can imagine has been given.  I even asked him what the real reason might be and he did admit to me that once he turns this corner he feels like he is headed down a road where he doesn't want to go.  I can understand this.  It is an acceptance of growing older that you begin to develop age-related problems.

However, there are many younger people who need hearing aids and wear them.  When hearing becomes impaired, it can also place a person's safety at risk and it impacts their relationships as they simply misunderstand things sometimes.

Finally, at the holidays this year, I convinced my Dad to get a hearing aid and we set it as a goal to accomplish in January.  He did find yet another hearing doctor to visit (this is another excuse - you just want to shop around for price and options and find one more hearing aid clinic).  He did this the last week of January...........but then he wanted to go to one more and so this task was accomplished but still no hearing aid was ordered.  He said he was going to do a demo where he had it for 1 month first. 

Fast forward to April.  My Dad still does not have a hearing aid.  I mention it each time we talk - at the end of the conversation.  And he says he is working on it and hangs up.

My niece knows she needs to yell when she is on the phone talking to Grandpa.  I can only imagine the confusion that has been caused when he is with others, just because he does not hear them right.  Our family will keep trying.  And I will keep you posted.

In the meantime, it helps to know you are not alone if you are a caregiver who assists someone who needs a hearing aid.  The New York Times brings us an entertaining and informative report below.

Separtely, as this article mentions, hearing aids do cost a few thousand dollars.  Contact your local Area Agency on Aging to find out about special loaner programs for hearing aids and for recycled hearing aids.

The Starkey Hearing Foundation in Minnesota provides hearing aids to those who cannot financially afford them and also will recycle hearing aids, just in case you have a loved one who passes away who has a hearing aid.  Your donation can assist others to have the gift of hearing.

Let us know if you know about other programs to assist seniors with obtaining hearing aides.......or know how to get my Dad to finally get one!  He also won't use e-mail or the internet and he doesn't use voicemail on his cell phone but we are just tackling one battle at a time.

From the New York Times:

Why Won’t They Get Hearing Aids?


While visiting my parents recently, I overheard a conversation between them that went something like this.

Mom, in the dining room: “Did you take out the trash?”

Dad, in the living room: “I have plenty of cash. What do you need money for?”

“What? I don’t want any money.” “Why did you ask for it?” “What did you say? You’re mumbling again.”

I felt as if I was in the middle of that Abbott and Costello routine. The only difference is that after a while, the daily misunderstandings and frustrations of having to repeat yourself become a lot less funny.

When I suggested to my parents that they might want to get their hearing tested, their first reaction (after exasperated sighs) was that they didn’t want to be bothered. Turns out, they’ve got a lot of company.

“The average person has been having trouble hearing for 7 to 10 years before they come in — they say it’s only been a few months, but we’ve found it’s years,” said Dr. Eric Hagberg, an audiologist in Youngstown, Ohio, and president of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology.

Of the 26.7 million people over age 50 with a hearing impairment, only one in seven, a meager 14 percent, use a hearing aid, said Dr. Frank Lin, assistant professor of otolaryngology and epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University. “If you think you have a hearing loss, you probably do,” he said.

Why so much resistance to getting hearing impairment diagnosed and treated? First, denial. Many older adults just don’t think they have a problem.

“The No. 1 thing I get from patients is ‘I hear what I want to hear,’ ” said Dr. Linda S. Remensnyder, an audiologist in Libertyville, Ill. “What they don’t understand is that in order to be fully engaged in life, you have to be fully engaged everywhere.”

The person with a hearing problem is often the last to notice it, because the change comes on gradually over years and starts subtly. Adults with hearing loss typically say, “I can hear just fine if people would just stop mumbling.”

They’re half right. It isn’t that they can’t hear — they can. The problem is that they can’t understand. The first clue to a hearing impairment is mixing up consonants. Age-related hearing loss often occurs in the high-frequency ranges that, in English, tend to carry the consonants.

And many older adults think it’s normal to lose some hearing ability. If a majority of older people have hearing loss – and 55 percent of those over age 70 do — then it can’t be that harmful, right?

Wrong. Because the ear plays a role in balance, hearing loss can lead to falls. “Even mild hearing loss can triple the risk of falling,” said Dr. Lin, citing his own research as well as a study of Finnish twins.

And then there is the mysterious link to dementia. Some studies have suggested that mild hearing loss is linked to a doubling of dementia risk, and that moderate hearing loss can triple it. With severe hearing loss, the risk can be five times as high, according to Dr. Lin’s 2011 study in Archives of Neurology and a report last month in The Journal of the American Medical Association.

It is possible that hearing loss leads to social isolation, itself a risk factor for dementia, said Dr. Lin.

In addition, few people realize that delayed treatment may make hearing loss worse. “If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it,” said Dr. Remensnyder. “I have a retired nurse, age 90, who has lived alone with no auditory stimulation for years. She doesn’t understand 50 percent of the words, and I can’t reverse that now.”

Even among the enlightened, hearing aids still carry a stigma. “Men think, ‘It’s a sign of weakness,’ and women think, ‘It’s showing my age,’ ” said Dr. Hagberg. Anyone over 60 remembers when the words “deaf and dumb” were always uttered together – and “dumb” was not used to mean “mute.”

Vanity, too, is still a deterrent. But that may be receding now that new hearing aids are smaller and less visible than ever. Besides, it’s increasingly commonplace to see young and old alike walking around with devices plugged into their ears. (A good thing, too, because the bigger, more noticeable devices tend to produce better sound.)

Money can also be a serious obstacle. Hearing aids can run from $1,800 to $6,800 or more per pair, according to Consumer Reports. They are not covered by Medicare or most insurance. (Caregivers should ask if the audiologist will set up a payment plan – many do.)

Bottom line: Caregivers have a lot of obstacles to overcome, but they also have a lot of ammunition to explain that the health pros in getting hearing help outweigh the cons.

Start with something simple. “Stop being a living hearing aid,” Dr. Hagberg advised. “Everybody has one — a seemingly helpful caregiver, husband or wife who feeds back the information so the other person doesn’t need to seek help.”

Second, “I tell patients who deny they have a problem, even after testing, to go home and pay attention to every time they say, ‘What?’ or they miss the punchline on TV or ask people to repeat something,” said Dr. Hagberg. “They usually come back in a week” – ready for a hearing aid.

Primary care doctors often fail to test for hearing loss. It helps to line up a certified audiologist who is patient and passionate about working with the elderly. Interview certified audiologists (listed here and here) until you find one you like.

Don’t be fooled by the misconception that hearing aids are plug-and-play. “There’s still an art to programming hearing aids,” said Dr. Remensnyder. “I spend 80 percent of my time making adjustments and showing patients how to use them properly.”

Caregivers and patients alike should be realistic about their expectations. Hearing aids won’t solve everything. “I am absolutely pro-hearing aids, but there is vast room for improvement in them,” said Richard Einhorn, whose use of hearing aids and other high-tech devices has enabled him to continue his successful career in New York as a classical composer. Mr. Einhorn pointed out that the sound quality can be especially disappointing in noisy restaurants, where the devices cannot filter out much of the background clatter.

Still, a majority of those who finally get hearing aids — and do the necessary follow-up visits with an audiologist — experience positive results.

“It’s thrilling,” said Barb Merry, age 68, from Appleton, Wis., describing life after she got hearing aids — especially the improvement in watching TV. She uses an additional device in the TV area that operates much the way metal induction loops installed in many theaters, concert halls and public institutions do – transmitting sound directly into a telecoil in her hearing aids.

“When I used to watch ‘Downton Abbey,’ that English series, my understanding was maybe 40 percent at best — I thought the problem was their English accents,” Mrs. Merry said. “But now I understand 95 percent. Only 5 percent is the English thing.”

She continued, “I want to talk to everyone I know and say, ‘Get over the shyness about hearing aids – life can be better.’ 


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Instagram: Tool for Connecting Seniors with Families

Senior caregivers often have the challenge of updating family members on the senior's activities or, they may be working with seniors who have very busy adult children and may need efficient ways to keep updated on care services.  Technology provides new ways to connect caregivers and seniors with family members.

Instagram brings an easy-to-use photo album to everyone's finger tips and can assist caregivers in communicating.

A picture is worth a thousand words and caregivers can share those pictures with just a few clicks on their smartphones using the application Instagram.  People use their smartphones to take pictures and want to share them in real time - without having to wait to connect their device to a computer and upload it.  Instagram allows this to happen and creates a feed of photos that have been uploaded for every user.  For caregivers, Instagram provides the opportunity to document their time with their senior clients.  

Four Uses of Instagram for Senior Caregivers:

  1. Document Shared Hobbies or Activities with a Senior Client. Taking on a project such as learning how to knit can create a bond with your senior client and you can use Instagram when you finish your projects to showcase your work.  Also, if you go for a walk, visit a museum or just enjoy making a flower arrangement together, you can take a photo and share this with the senior's family members.  After a few months, you'll have a collection of photos to look through and see your own progress.  When family members come to visit, they can also view the senior's activities.
  2. Share Photos with a Senior Client's Adult Children. Your senior client may not be plugged into the technological world but if their adult children have smartphones, you can use Instagram to post photos for them to see.  In return, you can also share photos the children post to their own profiles with your senior client so that the parent can feel connected to their adult childrens' daily lives. Caregivers can even help senior clients exchange comments back and forth on their children's photos.                                                                                                                                                                   
  3. Edit Photo's without Photo Editing Software.  Add an extra touch to photos without needing to learn photo editing software.  Instagram offers various “filters” for photos.  All you have to do is take the picture then pick from different 
    colorations and frame options. It adds an extra flair to preserve a moment exactly as you want it to look.
  4. Document a Day in the Senior's Life.  Many people use instagram almost like a photo journal of their day. Caregivers are often under-appreciated because their work is not visible to many people, but Instagram provides an opportunity to document your day. Try taking a picture at the start of every hour for one day if you want to share more about what you do with someone in your life.

Instagram is available for iPhones and iPod Touch. The application also was recently introduced to Android model phones as well, so most smartphone users can take advantage of the quick photo sharing provided for free.

Senior caregivers can now have an instant photo album in their phone, all for free.

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Background Checks for Caregivers

Quality Background Checks for Senior Caregivers

Background checks, the official “criminal” background checks, are really only the starting point for senior care companies.  Why? Because understanding a background check and reading it properly takes skill and professional senior care companies have the skills required to properly read a background check.  It is also important to understand exactly what you are purchasing when you buy a background check on someone.

Online babysitter sites have had many babysitters hired who have used alias names and later been arrested for theft or had a criminal record.  This partly happens because these websites are easy-entry for these offenders and partly because those with criminal records know that many individuals do not know how to purchase quality background checks.  But this is also why hire-direct caregivers are also a risk for seniors and their families.  Bad guys look for hire-direct situations where they know someone may not do a multi-state background check.  Some consumers are not aware that some background check services are only a name and social security number match.  These bad guys specifically look for independent contractor hire-direct jobs because of this. 

The best way to avoid the bad guys and protect your senior loved one and the caregiver you are hiring is to do the following:

1)   Multi-state Background Check (include a minimum of 3 counties where the individual has lived)

2)   Match addresses on the Background Check report results to the addresses the person provides to you

3)   Research the Counties that require a Courthouse fee to be paid in order to access the criminal records because if you are not paying this additional fee, you are not receiving that county’s records

4)   Only hire a Senior Caregiver through a professionally licensed Senior Home Care Agency

Professional senior home care agencies will take care of all the necessary payroll taxes needed for a caregiver along with the professional liability insurance, Fidelity bond insurance and healthcare benefits.

Avoid “free” background check services.  As my Grandpa always said, when he took us to the General Store that had a basket of free candy –“if it is free don’t take too much”.  Sure, it is tempting and sounds good, but there is always a bad after-taste.

Also consider the source of information.  Anyone selling a background check should educate you on the process.  Caregiverlist provides information on the national law governing background checks, called the FCRA, or Fair Credit and Reporting Act.  Yes, the word “credit” is in this law but it does govern background checks, too.  There is the typical 7-year look-back limit, except in states that allow access to older criminal records if someone will be caring for seniors or children.  Caregiverlist provides the “By-State” Background Check Laws.

Here is what you should remember, too, the real bad guys move.  They are counting on you not reviewing their records from the past because you are only reviewing the criminal records for one county.

When I owned a senior home care agency I originally access the State Police background check records.  I then found out that your State Police service can only provide you with the information from your state.  How did I learn this?

A caregiver who we will call Yo-Yo seemed wonderful in every way.  Her Dad was a preacher and she wanted to be sure we knew this, and her background check came back clean.  She was very good with the client and made it a point to be good friends with her supervisor.  She even called her on Mother’s Day and was always very giving with compliments towards the company.

The best reason to use a senior home care agency to manage senior care services can be shown by the example of what later happened with Yo-Yo.

Yo-Yo provided live-in care for a senior lady who had some memory loss.  In live-in care situations, a minimum of two caregivers rotate during the week.  The caregivers do not actually “live” with the client.  The caregivers are able to go back to their own home each week and will usually work 3 days at a time.  They receive down-time in the evening and prepare and share meals with the client.  Some caregivers prefer live-in assignments as it allows them to manage a household in addition to providing care.

Our agency did regular check-in visits by Supervisors.  All senior home care agencies will monitor the care through interaction with both the caregiver and the senior and through daily Care Plan reports which are submitted weekly and “check-in” visits by Supervisors.

One weekend, when the Supervisor was “checking in” on Yo-Yo, it was discovered that the client’s car was not there.  Yo –Yo had decided to earn extra income by renting the car out to friends.

This situation was quickly corrected and Yo-Yo was terminated, although in the meantime she had fled.  Through filing a police report we discovered that Yo-Yo did have criminal record for shop-lifting and a few other petty crimes in Wisconsin and Texas.  However, she had performed community service for one of the acts and thus it was never permanently on her record (we probably aren’t suppose to know about it either but policeman will share things with you).

The police do have access to all the charges and can view criminal charges along with convictions in other states.  Yo-Yo did show up a few years later and actually made contact with the police to rectify her situation.

Just know that another way to be protected from people who are looking to take advantage of a senior is to simply hire a professional company to do the care – they are a barrier to the bad guys and they also have systems in place to quickly correct situations when needed.

Senior care can be difficult.  I believe the stress of senior care can take a toll on even a good caregiver.  Imagine caring for a senior who may be grumpy each day, or even mean as sometimes this can happen when personalities change through memory loss.  Little by little, even good situations can turn bad if proper support for the caregiver is not in place.

Most professional senior home care agencies will also start at least one new senior care case each month that was a hire-direct caregiver situation that went bad.  Learn about being a quality caregiver by securing training and only work with experience senior care professionals. Caregivers need support and also need proper systems in place to implement quality care and professional care managers know how to provide these tools.  A 10-hour online caregiver training provides basic-training for senior caregivers.

Review the Background Check laws in your state and the FCRA.


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Nursing Homes Disaster Preparedness Plans Show Gaps

Senior safety during natural disasters is a topic we’ve blogged about before. Our elderly population is especially vulnerable during these times of high stress. A recently-released government report shows emergency plans in many nursing homes nationwide are distressfully unprepared to guard their senior residents from harm.

Using a sample of nursing homes that experienced floods, hurricanes, and wildfires during 2007–2010, the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services conducted a study to determine the quality of disaster preparedness plans They analyzed national survey data and conducted site visits to 24 selected nursing homes. Investigators interviewed nursing home administrators and staff, local emergency managers, and representatives from State Long Term Care ombudsman programs. What they found was cause for concern.

On paper, most of the nursing home fared well. 92% of the nursing homes met the Federal requirements for written emergency plans and disaster preparedness training. However, their findings also showed that:

  • On average, selected nursing homes’ emergency plans included about half of the CMS-recommended checklist tasks, and none included all of them.
  • Administrators from 17 of the 24 selected nursing homes reported substantial challenges in responding to disasters.
  • LTC ombudsmen were often unable to support nursing home residents during disasters.
The detailed study showed six areas of major concern: staffing; resident care; resident identification, information, and tracking; sheltering in place; evacuation; and communication and collaboration.

Concern over nursing home resident vulnerability came to light especially during Hurricane Katrina, when 35 residents of St. Rita's Nursing Home just outside New Orleans perished in the flooding.

The study includes recommendations to revise the specified requirements for emergency plans to protect residents during and after disasters. However, make sure disaster preparedness is a question on your checklist if you are looking into choosing a nursing home for your loved one.

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April is Stress Awareness Month

There’s no doubt that caregiver stress is a huge problem. It’s an unrelenting and sometimes underappreciated job. April is Stress Awareness Month and we at Caregiverlist invite you to assess the amount of stress you feel from the burden of caregiving and take steps to give yourself some much deserved relief.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Women’s Health Caregiver Stress sheet, caregiver stress can take many forms. For instance, you may feel:
  • Frustrated and angry taking care of someone with dementia who often wanders away or becomes easily upset
  • Guilty because you think that you should be able to provide better care, despite all the other things that you have to do
  • Lonely because all the time you spend caregiving has hurt your social life
  • Exhausted when you go to bed at night
Even though caregiving can be extremely stressful, it can also be extremely rewarding. Providing care—being there for someone and truly making a difference in their life can be much more gratifying than the average job, but what if it’s only a part of what you do?

Six out of 10 family caregivers are otherwise employed. Many family caregivers of seniors are taking care of children as well. With so many areas demanding one’s time, it is no wonder that stress and stress-related illnesses are so prevalent among caregivers. The majority of family caregivers are women (approximately 66%) and women, according to studies, seem to be more affected by the stress of caregiving. Often, caregivers feel the need to do everything themselves.

Consider some sort of caregiver training to help you better deal with the responsibilities at hand. The more comfortable you are with a job, the more confidence you have performing those tasks. That can go far to alleviate stress. Taking advantage of respite care is also important, especially for the family caregiver.

Take the American Medical Association’s Caregiver Self-Assessment. This questionnaire “is to be completed by the caregiver when he or she accompanies the patient for an office visit. By using the self-assessment score as an index of caregiver distress, the need for supportive services can be discussed, and the physician can then encourage utilization and make appropriate referrals to community resources.” Take advantage of this wonderful program at your next doctor’s visit.
You can also access services under the National Family Caregiver Support Program, contact your local Area Agency on Aging.

We at Caregiverlist are staunch advocates of Caring for the Caregiver. Whether you are a family caregiver or a seasoned professional, we appreciate that you are on the front lines, day-in and day-out, providing an invaluable service. Remember, although caregiving can make you feel cut off from the rest of the world, you are not alone. We would love to hear your story. Let us know what makes you feel overwhelmed, how you cope with stress, and why caregiving is so important to you.

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1940 Census Reveals Snapshot of American Life

The 1940 census was released online in its entirety by the National Archives and Records Administration and has provided a fascinating look at life in the United States in the post-depression, pre-war era of “The Great Generation.”

When the 72-year confidentiality ban was lifted Monday and the records were put online, making it possible to see what was the most extensive census questionnaire to date, over 22 million viewers caused government servers to slow to a crawl. In an effort to disseminate the information, the Census Bureau has taken the raw data and with it, created a very rich website exploring life in the 1940s.

For example, it points out that On January 31, 1940, Ida May Fuller became the first person to receive social security benefits. It also provides key comparisons between the 1940 and 2010 census, such as percentage of college-education (4.6% then, 28.2% now). Top industries show that manufacturing led in 1940, and in 2010, educational services, health care and social assistance dominates the workforce.

For many who lost fathers and sons during World War II, the census is the last documentation of those men with their families. Genealogy buffs and amateur researchers will find plenty of information to pour over. And while searching the database by name is not possible at this time, records can be accessed by address.

Looking at the answers to the 81 questions asked on the 1940 census (as opposed to the 10 questions asked on the 2010 census) gives you an opportunity to see how much this country and its population has changed (5.1 million farms in 1940, 610,000 farms in 2010), and how much it stayed the same (four out of five of the top populated cities in America in 1940 remained so in 2010.)

Very few families are untouched by this newly-released census. This 1940 census is a great opportunity to research your own family’s, city’s and nation’s roots.

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Caring for the Caregiver

Senior caregivers, both paid as professionals and family caregivers, are growing as the aging population increases.  In just the last decade, more than 4,000 new senior care agencies have opened their doors, to assist families in caregiving.

The National Alliance for Caregiving conducts research and advocacy for caregiving and pulls together both private corporations and associations who serve caregivers. 

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows eligible employees who work for a company with 50 or more employees and are caring for a spouse, parent or child with a serious health condition to take unpaid leave from work.  This means an adult child who needs to assist a parent with caregiving needs may take off 12 work weeks without pay during any 12-month period.

Family caregivers often work full-time, as a the Caregiving Alliance reports:

46% of Caregivers Work Full-time

11% of Caregivers Work Part-time

15% of Caregivers are Retired

10% of Caregivers are Homemakers

7% of Caregivers are Unemployed and Looking for Work

11% of Caregivers are Students or Disabled

Senior care options in the U.S.A. include senior home care, assisted living communities who may charge extra for caregiving and nursing home care.  You may research the costs of nursing homes nationwide on Caregiverlist.  Find the daily costs of a private or shared room in a nursing home and the Medicaid and Medicare nursing homes in your area.


Find Caregiving Jobs and C.N.A. Jobs

Amercian Society on Aging's annual Aging in America conference this past week in Washington, D.C., highlighted the needs aging Americans will have as they grow older while remaining active and engaged in life.

Senior caregivers will continue to be very much needed to help support seniors who choose to age-in-place.

Assistant Secretary of Aging and head of the U.S. Administration on Aging, Kathy Greenlee, presented a keynote address at the ASA's meeting, challenging everyone to continue talking positively about aging and to remain involved in the political issues affecting older adults. Greenlee has made a commitment to the prevention of elder abuse and is calling for a national response to the epidemic of abuse against older adults in America.

Senior caregivers may work part-time and full-time for a licesned senior home care agency or become a Certified Nursing Assitant to work for a nursing home, hospital, assisted living community, hospice and for home care clients needing C.N.A. skilled caregivers.

Review the caregiver job description, find caregiver training programs and C.N.A. jobs near you as you explore a career in the senior care field.  Senior care companies provide training and you may also apply to a C.N.A. school in your area.

Apply for a caregiving job to work as a professional senior caregiver.

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