Brightnest App Provides Tips for Living Healthier, Cleaner, Savvier Lifestyle: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

Making small changes here and there in daily routines can add up to a must greater quality of life for senior caregivers. When it comes to cleaning, home maintenance and health, living well doesn't necessarily need to be difficult or time consuming. The Brightnest app offers tips and tricks for projects and daily routine changes to make life easier and more efficient. 

The user experience in the app begins with a series of questions upon account set up- do you have kids or pets in the house, do you maintain a yard or keep a garage or an attic in order and what categories would you like to see tips in? The tips are divided into healthy, clean, green, handy, savvy, creative and hungry. Choosing more categories will yield more results, but selecting all seven may yield too many tips to scroll through and keep up with on a regular basis. 

One of the best categories for senior caregivers to track may be the clean category, which provides information on how to do household chores such as effectively clean out the refrigerator and organize a closet. The handy category delves a little deeper to share information about how to maintain a clean refrigerator and defrost a freezer or reset a circuit breaker. These tips prove particularly useful for caregivers who assist in home maintenance for their senior clients. Signing up for the app also provides the option for weekly e-mail updates featuring four creative and handy home tips. 

Other categories include creative ways of organizing, such as storing home supplies in mason jars, or examples of how to kill two birds with one stone and turn home cleaning into a workout. The layout of the app is clean and simple which makes it easy to navigate and the menu of tips shows exactly how much time each project will take to complete, ranging from 5 minutes to 60 minutes. 

 

 

This app is available for free 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

Retirement Community Casts Seniors in Classic Movie Stills

Nursing homes and retirement communities are successful if they offer something more than a “last stop” refuge for their elderly residents.

We at Caregiverlist have always championed unique and fun experiences that nursing homes have to offer — from the special music video produced at Waverly Mansion, London, Ontario, to the gala opera concert of fictional Beecham House in the movie Quartet — proving that “late in life” does not equal “end of fun”.

The Contilia Retirement Group in Essen, Germany recreated iconic Hollywood movie stills for its 2014 Calendar, starring 10 of its senior residents. Professional photographers and stylists reinterpreted scenes from classics such as Giant, Easy Rider, and The Seven Year Itch along with more contemporary movies like Titanic and The Blues Brothers. About 5,000 calendars were printed and distributed to residents, staff and family members. The oldest senior participant is 98 years old, the youngest, 75.

What began as a whimsical gift for the Contilia Retirement family has had remarkable international coverage, with over 100 media requests from around the world. “The surprise is we have succeeded," said Heinz-Jürgen Heiske, Managing Director at Contilia. "As a Board, we are always happy when we succeed in everyday life for the residents and for the staff to be something special.”


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James Bond
Wilhelm Buiting, 89


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Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Marianne Brunsbach, 86


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Titanic
Erna Rütt, 86, and Alfred Kelbch, 81


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Easy Rider

Walter Loeser (left), 98, und Kurt Neuhaus, 90


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Rocky

Erwin J. von der Heiden, 80


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Mary Poppins

Erna Schenk, 78


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The Seven Year Itch

Ingeborg Giolbass, 84, and Erich Endlein, 88


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Blues Brothers

Lothar Wischnewski (left), 76, and Margarete Schmidt, 77


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Cabaret

Martha Bajohr, 77


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Giant

Joanna Trachenberg, 81, and Horst Krischat, 78


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Saturday Night Fever

Irmgard Alt, 79, and Siegfried Gallasch, 87


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Dirty Dancing

Johann Liedtke, 92 and Marianne Pape, 79

Senior care costs continue to rise, so make sure you get the most benefit for your buck. While there is no guarantee of Hollywood-style photo shoots or operatic galas, Caregiverlist’s Nursing Home Star-Ratings take the top criteria from the government inspection reports to help you choose the right and best nursing home for you or your loved one.

You can see the entire calendar here.

Caregiver Stress Relief Photo of the Week

Caregivers employed with senior care companies know the realities of caregiver stress. Caregiverlist invites all family caregivers and professional caregivers during the holidays to take a moment for relaxation with our photo of the week and inspirational quote. This week's photo of beautiful Hawaii landscape, which provides a fresh and a serene space for caregivers to take a deep breath, or two, and feel energized. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for caring for our seniors and 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.

Caregiver Stress Relief Photo Hawaii

"There is no pillow as soft as a clear conscience." 

French Proverb

El Paso, Texas Caregiver Wins Refer-a-Friend Weekly Prize for Referring Her Family and Friends to Caregiverlist Job Application

Congratulations to the January weekly winner of Caregiverlist Refer-a-Friend and Win program - caregiver Breyanna from El Paso, TX.

 

Breyanna referred her friends and family for caregiving jobs that are available on Caregiverlist.com, and she won basic senior caregiver training and certification from Caregiverlist. Read Breyanna's caregiver story on Refer-a-Friend page, and refer your caregiving friends and family.

 

Senior care companies hire Professional Caregivers, C.N.A.’s, & C.H.H.A.’s weekly from Caregiverlist, the only Caregiver Career Center customized for the senior care industry.  Apply for multiple caregiving positions near you online by visiting Caregiverlist Caregiver Career Center. Caregiver Career Center has caregiver and certified nursing assistant employment tools such as free resume writer, caregiving jobs, C.N.A. and C.H.H.A. school directories, C.N.A. sample and practice tests, and other up to date information for senior caregivers.

 

Refer-a-friend to Caregiverlist and get entered to win a free 10-hour online caregiver training program certification for senior caregivers. A new winner is drawn weekly. One monthly GRAND PRIZE WINNER receives a Scrub of the Month (top, bottoms and pair of shoes), courtesy of Scrubs Magazine.

Caregiverlist Refer-a-Friend and Win

Lumosity App Features Brain Exercises to Improve Cognitive Functions: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

Senior caregivers and their clients will both benefit from cognitive exercises to improve memory, speed attention and flexibility of the brain. The Lumosity app provides simple games targeted to increase these areas of brain functions.

When new users download the app, they are asked to specify what specific areas they would like to improve upon for their brain functions. Options lose fewer objects, concentrate better, avoid distractions, react quickly, make better decisions under stress, communicate clearly, etc. All of the options indicate certain targeted games for the user to play to work on those skills. For example, to improve memory functions the app presents a game that shows blocks on a grid. Once the blocks disappear, the user must select which boxes of the grid had blocks in them to replicate the original pattern.

To react more quickly, the next game shows various shapes and the user must click "yes" or "no" to indicate if the shape is the same as the shape previously shown. The more often users play the game, the better their score should be for quick reactions to the new shapes being shown on screen. Senior caregivers and their senior clients both benefit from improved brain functions. For senior clients, these games provide targeted cognitive exercise to help keep the mind sharp and practiced and prevent the onset of Alzheimer's disease and dementia. For senior caregivers, playing these games can help improve daily life by strengthening memory, making better decisions under pressure and communicating better in everyday interactions. 

Initially the app provides three games for free, but if the paid version offers access to more than 45 games. If the app is working well for you and/or your senior clients, the cost is $14.99 per month or $79.99 for a year of access.  

This app is available for free 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 Ombudsman - Advocate for Quality of Life

What does a Nursing Home Ombudsman do? It’s a question we get a lot here at Caregiverlist.

Ombudsman comes from the Swedish word meaning, literally, representative. It’s the Long-Term Care Ombudsman’s responsibility to advocate for residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other adult care facilities. They investigate citizen complaints, report findings, and suggest solutions. They are also advocates for on a legislative level to improve the quality of care for seniors.

Senior care costs, especially within institutional settings, are spiraling. With approximately 1.6 million Americans over the age of 65 living in institutions such as nursing homes, it is vital that residents and their families are getting the best service for the money they are paying. Long-Term Care Ombudsmen are at the front line, investigating nursing home violations and ensuring that quality care is provided.

The Ombudsman Program began in 1972 as a Public Health Service demonstration project in seven states, responding to the problems of nursing home residents and operated under the authorization of the Older Americans Act. The program was transferred to the Area on Aging in 1974 and in 1978, Congress amended the OAA to include a requirement that each state develop a Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.

There are 53 state ombudsmen (50 states, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam). Each Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman is headed by a director who oversees thousands of local ombudsman staff and volunteers. The services of the office are free and confidential. In 2011 (the most recent annual report to Congress), Ombudsmen nationwide completed resolution work on 204,044 complaints and resolved or partially resolved 73 percent of these complaints to the satisfaction of the resident or complainant.

Simply put, the Long-Term Care Ombudsman’s role is to preserve the Residents' Rights Guarantee Quality of Life.

The 1987 Nursing Home Reform Law protects the following rights of nursing home residents:

  • Right to Be Fully Informed of available services, facility rules, survey reports and the like, and in a language they understand.
  • Right to Complain without fear of reprisal.
  • Right to Participate in One's Own Care including the right to be informed of their medical condition, participate in their care-planning, and also the right to refuse medication and treatment.
  • Right to Privacy and Confidentiality regarding medical, personal, or financial affairs.
  • Rights During Transfers and Discharges.
  • Right to Dignity, Respect, and Freedom from mental and physical abuse, corporal punishment, involuntary seclusion, and physical and chemical restraint.
  • Right to Visits by a resident’s personal physician, relatives, friends, and anyone of the resident’s choosing. A resident also has the right to refuse visitors.
  • Right to Make Independent Choices both inside and outside the nursing home.

If you or a senior you know has need of a Long-Term Care or Nursing Home Ombudsman, you can find yours in Caregiverlist’s By-State information. They are there to resolve nursing home complaints, request better care and for feedback when choosing a nursing home.

Caregiver Stress Relief Photo of the Week

Caregivers employed with senior care companies know the realities of caregiver stress. Caregiverlist invites all family caregivers and professional caregivers during the holidays to take a moment for relaxation with our photo of the week and inspirational quote. This week's photo of Mediterranean sea shore will take you to a calm beach in France. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for caring for our seniors and 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.

Caregiver Stress Relief Photo

"Faith is taking the first step even when you cannot see the staircase."

Martin Luther King Jr.

Gilmer, Texas Caregiver Wins Refer-a-Friend Weekly Prize for Referring Her Family and Friends to Caregiverlist Job Application

Congratulations to the January weekly winner of Caregiverlist Refer-a-Friend and Win program - caregiver Mary Abrahamson from Gilmer, TX.

 

Mary referred her friends and family for caregiving jobs that are available on Caregiverlist.com, and she won basic senior caregiver training and certification from Caregiverlist. Senior caregivers may work for a senior home care agency, assisted living community, hospice or nursing home. Training requirements and caregiver pay vary based on the employer and the job position. Pay will be more than minimum wage in each state.

 

Senior care companies hire Professional Caregivers, C.N.A.’s, & C.H.H.A.’s weekly from Caregiverlist, the only Caregiver Career Center customized for the senior care industry.  Apply for multiple caregiving positions near you online.

 

Refer-a-friend to Caregiverlist and get entered to win a free 10-hour online caregiver training program certification for senior caregivers. A new winner is drawn weekly. One monthly GRAND PRIZE WINNER receives a Scrub of the Month (top, bottoms and pair of shoes), courtesy of Scrubs Magazine.

Scrub of the Month Monthly Prize

Yoga Program App Provides Guided Programs for Improved Caregiver Health: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

Meditation and exercise provide mental and physical well being for senior caregivers and their senior clients. Even though it can seem challenging to find time to fit yoga into a caregiver's routine, relieving stress and maintaining health is important. The Yoga With Janet Stone app outlines free meditation programs and yoga for flexibility and strength.

Meditation offers a chance for caregivers to relieve stress and let go of any anxious or negative emotions of a day. This app offers a variety of guided meditation programs ranging in focus from centering your morning to prepare for a day to finding calm and letting go of recent stress. The creator of the app, Janet Stone, guides all of the programs herself through in app videos. When a user selects a program, the app downloads the associated video which shows Stone in a yoga studio performing the meditation as she speaks the user through it. The audio combines her voice over with calming music to set an appropriate mood for the meditations.

Similarly, the yoga programs offer guided video for the user to replicate the movements at home. The two core program options focus on yoga for strength and yoga for flexibility, both of which lend themselves to improved overall health. Caregivers can share the basic yoga programs with their senior clients to improve their flexibility and agility as they age. The yoga videos clearly explain how to perform the movements while showing Stone onscreen moving into the various positions herself. This makes it easy for users new to yoga to replicate the actions and understand how they affect overall strength and flexibility. The yoga programs range from beginning to advanced and combine a series of poses to range in time from 17 minutes to an hour.
 

This app is available for free 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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