Sunshine in St. Ives: Caregiver Stress Relief

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 invite you to take a moment to relax and enjoy this week's stress relief photo and inspirational quote and share them with loved ones. This week's photo was taken in St. Ives, Cornwall in England on a brisk spring day. Have a great week. 


"A ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships are built for."   -Grace Murray Hopper

Idaho Nursing Home Costs and Star Ratings Updated

Idaho is known as The Gem State and, due to its relatively low cost of living, often makes the list of best states in which to retire. Are like the ~4.2 percent of the elderly population receiving nursing home care? if you are in Idaho, you’re in luck. Idaho is the 9th least expensive state in Caregiverlist’s national nursing home cost database, with a room rate of $247.57, the state average of single and shared rooms and has an average star rating of 3.2 out of 5 stars.

Senior care planning includes understanding costs of nursing homes, along with their overall ratings. Caregiverlist updates our nursing home cost database so seniors and their families can get an idea of long-term care costs in their area.

Below is a snapshot of Idaho nursing home costs and ratings:
Total Number of Nursing Homes: 84
Average Single Price: $284.33
Average Double Price: $210.81
Average Rating: 3.2

Star Rating Snapshot:
5-Star: 7
4-Star: 44
3-Star: 24
2-Star: 3
1-Star: 6

The Idaho nursing home with one of the highest Caregiverlist Nursing Home Rating is Ashton Living Center in Ashton, Idaho. Its single room daily price of $166.00 is 41.5% lower than the average single price of $284.33 and its semi-private room price is $156.00 or 25.7% lower than the average price of $210.81 for semi-private nursing home rooms in Idaho. Of course, there are alternatives to skilled nursing homes for long term senior care.

If 24-hour care is not needed, many seniors and their families choose in-home care provided by a qualified CNA, an assisted living community, adult day care, or a combination of these. The average yearly rate for professional senior home care in Idaho is approximately $$46,332, according to a recent Genworth Cost of Care survey. The median annual rate of full-day adult day care is $30,225. The average annual cost for Idaho nursing homes is approximately $90,365 (single rooms costs are, of course, higher, as are costs for residents with special needs.)

Most people don’t know how much nursing home care costs and few people think of the cost of care until it’s too late to plan. Caregiverlist can provide a care plan to find senior home care agency options in Idaho and help you learn about the costs for senior care.

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.

Remember to Pack Everything for a Trip with List App

Nothing takes away the excitement of traveling like realizing that you planned to go for a nice swim but your swimsuit didn't make it into your suitcase before you left. Senior caregivers who help clients pack for a trip in particular have a lot to remember from medications to extra items for comfort such as blankets and pillows. If you or your senior client are planning a trip home for Easter this weekend or taking your own spring break, use the PackPoint app to plan and pack everything you'll need for a stress free trip. 

When users first open the app, it asks for pertinent details about their trip such as destination, date leaving, number of nights you'll be gone and if the trip is for business or leisure. The next screen asks users to select specific activities they might do during their trip, such as gym, camping or fancy dinner. 


For each activity selected, the app generates a pre-existing list of items users could want to use while they do it. For example, the swimming list adds a pool swimsuit, swimsuit coverup, goggles and sandals to the packing list. In addition to the specialty categories, the app generates a list of Essentials and Toiletries categories as part of the overall packing list too. 

Once caregivers pack an item on the list, they can click the circle next to the item and a check mark will appear inside of it. The item also turns grey and shifts to the bottom of the list for an easy visual on what's left to pack. Users also have the option to type additional items into any of the lists. For items such as socks or underwear that need to be refreshed on a daily basis, the app also places a number on the packing list that corresponds with the number of nights you will be traveling. 

The app also offers the ability to sync with Evernote, a notes and to-do list app. If caregivers already use that app, syncing the two together will make keeping track of overall tasks easier. Particularly if you're preparing a senior client for a trip, make sure to cover all bases from a medical perspective and a comfort perspective. Talk to their doctor and pack all necessary medications as well as any medical supplies needed for their regular routine. Additionally, pack outfits that incorporate a lot of layers for unpredictable temperatures and run through their daily routine in your head to pinpoint any other important items they might need. 

The PackPoint app is available for Apple and Android platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discovers 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


Drug tests for Caregivers Webinar Invitation by ClearStar's Medical Review Office

Caregivers for seniors must meet many requirements, including being able to pass a background check and a drug test which could be given at anytime.

Senior Home Care Agencies and caregiver recruiters may attend this webinar to understand how some try to cheat on drug tests and how quality services eliminate this ability.

Clearstar Academy Webinar: Cheating On Your Drug Test from the User's Point of View

Join this free Webinar as Todd Shoulberg, EVP, Medical Information Services for Clearstar explores the most popular websites devoted to cheating on drug tests and what makes those sites successful. This session will not review cheating from the scientific lab level but from the perspective of the donor searching the web for solutions.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

2:00 PM Eastern Time

11 AM Pacific Time

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Caregivers may purchase a background check from Clearstar at anytime to make sure their information is accurate as the digital age has lead to more mistakes in reporting. It is always a good idea to check your background check information at least once a year.

How to Become a Certified Caregiver in California

California caregivers, beginning this year, must now show competence in specific training requirements in order to be employed as a senior caregiver. As more seniors prefer to remain in their own homes, having a consistent training path assists senior care companies to maintain quality standards and assists caregivers to grow their careers. Senior home care companies are also required to follow the training requirements and train all of their caregiver employees.

  • How do you become a certified caregiver in California?
Show an understanding, or "competency" in the skills outlined by the California Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act which become effective in January, 2016, while providing time for senior care companies to train their caregivers in 2016. Online caregiver training is accepted for training in the new California law.

  • What is the California caregiver training requirement?
5 + 5 Hours of training with 5 hours surrounding Orientation training and Safety training required before working with a senior and 5 hours in core competency skills such as how to transfer a senior safely, HIPAA privacy requirements, identifying and reporting elder abuse and how to follow a daily care plan and take notes.

  • How much training must a California caregiver complete before working with a senior client?
Orientation training and safety training must be completed before working with a client.

  • How does a caregiver show they are trained?
By taking an exam and obtaining a passing score to show you have understood the concepts outlined by the state of California as caregiver training. Document this by receiving a certificate to show
  1.  name of the training,
  2. date training was taken
  3. name of training resource
  4. signature of the training supervisor.
  5. your signature
California home care agencies do provide caregiver training for their caregivers now and you may also purchase the California caregiver training on your own on Caregiverlist, powered by Caregiver Training University.

Caregivers can apply for a caregiving job to be considered by senior care companies in their area and receive training by their employers, too.

Senior home care agencies in California may train their caregivers using the Caregiverlist training portal and easily keep all of their trainees organized for state compliance and renewal training.


Alabama Nursing Home Costs and Star Ratings Updated

Alabama is the “Heart of Dixie” and home to some of the most important moments of the American Civil Rights movement. And you can’t watch a season of College Football without hearing the call, “Roll Tide!” Alabama ranks 7th least expensive in Caregiverlist’s national nursing home cost database, with an average room rate of $159.68, yet it has a very respectable nursing home average star rating of 3.2.

Alabama nursing homes have the lowest percent of long stay residents who have depressive symptoms, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The national average for depression is 6.1 percent, and both Alabama and Mississippi show 1.7 percent depression in nursing home residents.

Caregiverlist updates our nursing home cost and star ratings database so seniors and their families can get an idea of long-term senior care costs in their area. Senior care planning includes understanding costs of nursing homes in the chosen area, along with their overall ratings. Most people don’t know how much nursing home care costs and few people think of the cost of care until it’s too late to financially plan for long term care.

Below is a snapshot of Alabama nursing home costs and ratings:

Total Number of Nursing Homes: 236
Average Single Price: $166.49
Average Double Price: $152.86
Average Rating: 3.2 (out of 5)

Star Rating Snapshot
5-Star: 27
4-Star: 115
3-Star: 80
2-Star: 5
1-Star: 9

 Many seniors and their families opt for in-home care provided by a qualified CNA. The average yearly rate for professional senior home care in Alabama is approximately $37.752, according to a recent Genworth Cost of Care survey. A quality home care agency will provide liability and worker's compensation insurance and payroll taxes as required by law, as well as perform a thorough background check.

The Alabama nursing homes with the highest Caregiverlist Nursing Home Rating is TLC Nursing Center in Oneonta. However, the single room prices here are 45.41% higher than the average single price of $166.49 and double rooms are 3.25% higher than the average double price of $152.86 in Alabama at $305 and $158 respectively. Another highly-rated nursing home, Jackson Health Care Facility, offers single rooms for $142 (17.25% lower than the average single price) and semi-private rooms for $137 (11.58% lower than the average double price).

Caregiverlist can provide a care plan to find senior home care agency options in Alabama and help you learn about the costs for senior care. 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.


Caregiver Stress Relief: Misty Cliffs in Ireland

Happy first day of Spring! 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 at the famous Cliffs of Moher in County Clare on the west coast of Ireland. It is a dramatic and stunning sight even on a cloudy day. Please enjoy and feel free to share the photo and inspirational quote with loved ones. We hope you have a great week.

"May your troubles be less
And your blessings be more.
And nothing but happiness 
Come through your door." 
-Irish Blessing

Keep Track of Tasks and Timelines in To Do List App

Caregivers have a lot to remember to do between the specific needs of their senior clients and their personal lives. Using the Todoist app, caregivers can easily track and plan for all of the errands and work tasks they need to complete. 

When caregivers first download the Todoist app, they will need to create individual profiles to store all of their tasks. The Todosit app breaks To Do lists down by which Project they fit in. The basic category options in Todoist include Personal, Shopping, Work, Errands and Movies to Watch. Caregivers can also add their own custom categories by clicking "Add Project" at the bottom of the main screen. 

Under each Project, users create a list of specific tasks. Caregivers specifically could create a Project for each senior client to organize specific work related tasks for each person instead of grouping them all together. Caregivers can also share the Project with other contacts if it involves splitting up tasks. This feature gives users the ability to collaborate and view the progress of others on their specific task lists. 

New tasks require a Name plus Project assignment, and optional fields include Due Date, Priority, and Parent tasks. For caregivers, a task such as going to the doctor with a senior client could be a parent task for going pharmacy to pick up and necessary medications. Caregivers also have the option to set reoccurring tasks, such as "take a walk for stress relief" on a daily basis. 



Once caregivers load several tasks into the app, they can click on the "Next 7 Days" area of the app to view a snapshot of the next week and how their due dates line up. Conveniently, to the right of each task in this view, caregivers can see which Project it belongs to. This makes it easy for caregivers to visualize their different obligations and determine how to best manage their time. 

When users complete individual tasks, they can mark them as such in the app and then the tasks appear greyed out with a line through them. A sorting view by level of priority also helps users figure out the order of importance. Unfortunately, reminders for task completion and labels cannot be accessed by free users. If caregivers would like access to these features, they must upgrade to the paid version of the app. 

The Todoist app is available for Apple and Android platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discovers 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 Jersey Nursing Home Costs and Star Ratings Updated

New Jersey is known as the Garden State and is home to Bruce Springsteen, Snooki, and the Statue of Liberty. It’s also the sixth most expensive state to live in, based on Council for Community and Economic Research Cost of Living Index for the first quarter. It’s no wonder, then, that New Jersey ranks 7th most expensive in Caregiverlist’s national nursing home cost database, with an average room rate of $301.68 per day, or about $110,000 annually.

New Jersey nursing homes factor greatly in the state’s economy, contributing $5.4 billion to local and state coffers. They also employ over 55,000 full-time workers, according to one report. That report states that New Jersey's elderly population is projected to increase by 27.2 percent between 2010 and 2020, and by an additional 27.1 percent between 2020 and 2030, meaning there will be approximately 1.9 million elderly residents by 2030. Data shows that 35 percent of the elderly population will need some sort of nursing home care (both short- and long-term) during their lives. That puts the number of beds needed at 665,000. Currently, there are just under 55,000 beds in New Jersey nursing homes.

New Jersey senior care planning includes understanding costs of nursing homes in the chosen area, along with their overall ratings. Most people don’t know how much nursing home care costs and few people think of the cost of care until it’s too late to plan.

Long-term senior care costs are among our readers’ top concerns. Because of that, Caregiverlist constantly updates our nursing home cost database and have released the latest costs and ratings for New Jersey nursing homes.

Below is a snapshot of New Jersey nursing home costs and ratings:

Total Number of Nursing Homes: 376
Average Single Price: $312.40
Average Double Price: $290.97
Average Rating: 2.8 (out of 5)

Star Rating Snapshot:
5-Star: 9
4-Star: 124
3-Star: 194
2-Star: 41
1-Star: 8

In-home caregiving is an alternative to institutional care If around-the-clock care is not needed. The average yearly rate for professional senior home care in New Jersey is approximately $48,500. A quality home care agency will provide liability and worker's compensation insurance and payroll taxes as required by law.

The New Jersey nursing home with the highest Caregiverlist Nursing Home Rating is Saint Anne Villa in Florham Park. However, this facility is only available to the infirm and retired Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth. Next on the list New Community Extended Care Facility in Newark (4.4 stars), a nursing home with 180 beds whose daily single-room cost, $325, is 3.88% higher than the average single price of $312.40. Another top rated facility, Sunnyside Manor in Manasquan (4.2 stars), is a 54 bed facility whose daily single-room cost, $276, is 13.19% lower than the average price of a single room.

Caregiverlist can provide a care plan to find senior home care agency options in New Jersey and help you learn about the costs for senior care. 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.

A Walk on the Lakefront: Caregiver Stress Relief

Winter is giving way to spring and the days are getting longer. This week's stress relief photo was taken along the lakefront in Chicago. 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.  Have a great week.


"You are never to old to set another goal or to dream another dream."  -C.S. Lewis

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