Celebrate St. Patrick's Day Using Celtic Knot Brain Game App

St. Patrick's Day is less than a week away, so along with pulling out a green shirt to avoid getting pinched, caregivers can also help their senior clients celebrate and prevent onset of dementia at the same time. Celtic knots emerged during the Roman Empire in artwork, became part of many Christian monuments and often accompany celebrations of Irish heritage. Caregivers can get in the spirit of the Irish holiday by using the free Celtic Knot game app to help their clients exercise their minds. 

The basic elements of a Celtic knot come from interlaced lines that form patterns. When users first begin using the app, they will be presented with a set of scrambled tiles that should make up a Celtic Knot pattern. Users then can drag and drop the tiles using their finger to rearrange them. The goal of the game is to rearrange the tiles to form the knot in the least amount of times and moves possible. The drag and drop feature makes it easy to play with a few taps of the finger.


The puzzles vary in difficulty and pattern type. Some of the patterns make one cohesive and connected figure, while others make a few different shapes on the same board. The level of difficulty ranges from fairly apparent designs to more intricate ones that require a lot of shuffling. The design above is made easier to assemble by the different colors shown on the two shapes. Some other levels have complicated designs with all of the lines in one color.

Exercising the brain on a regular basis remains one of the easiest ways to help prevent the onset of dementia for senior clients. Mixing up the games they play seasonally can help seniors mix it up and stop them from getting bored with doing the same activity repeatedly. The app also offers a difficulty level for the "Wee Folk," or children, so if your senior client has family members visiting then they can play together. 

The app also offers a Knot Shop, which takes users to an online store selling various items with Celtic Knot designs. T-shirts, mugs, bags, phone cases etc. feature different designs for caregivers who might be interested. The free version of the app offers a limited number of games with ads present, but if caregivers find their clients enjoy the game enough then they can purchase the paid version with additional levels. 

The Celtic Knot app is available for Apple 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

Caregiver Stress Relief: First Blush of Spring

The fresh, first blush of spring is always a welcome sight. This week's photo was taken in Regent's Park in London, England. 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. We hope you have a great week. 

"You can cut all the flowers, but you cannot keep spring from coming." -Pablo Neruda

Oregon Nursing Home Costs and Star Ratings Updated

Oregon state is one big outdoor playground. Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and the protected Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is a spectacular river canyon. And it’s full of the absurdly hip, just watch any episode of Portlandia.

Oregon is also home to over 500,000 seniors, almost 15% of its entire population.* Evidence shows that many elderly will find themselves in need of nursing home care at some point, whether it’s for post-hospital rehabilitation or for more permanent long-term care. Oregonians in need can find long-term care one of the state’s 145 nursing homes.

Long term nursing homes care can quickly deplete a senior’s assets if the family pays for care out of pocket. Most people don’t know how much nursing home care costs in their area. Unfortunately, few people think of the cost of care until it’s too late to plan.

Oregon senior care planning includes understanding costs of nursing homes in the chosen area, along with their overall ratings. Long-term senior care costs are a concern among our readers and we at Caregiverlist have an ongoing mission to educate the consumer. To that end, we are constantly updating our nursing home cost database and have released the latest costs and ratings for Oregon nursing homes.

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

Total Number of Nursing Homes: 145

Average Single Price: $241.15
Average Double Price: $218.07
Average Rating: 3.4 (out of 5) Star

Star Rating Snapshot:
5-Star: 16
4-Star: 97
3-Star: 23
2-Star: 2
1-Star: 7

If around-the-clock care is not needed, many seniors and their families will opt to hire an in-home professional senior caregiver. The average hourly rate for senior home care in Oregon is approximately $23 per hour. A quality home care agency will provide liability and worker's compensation insurance and payroll taxes as required by law.

The Oregon nursing home with the highest Caregiverlist Nursing Home Rating is Presbyterian Community Care Ce in Ontario Oregon. This 96-bed long-term care facility is not only the highest rated nursing home in our database, with a 4.8 overall star-rating (it lost a small percentage point because the percent of long-term residents whose need for help with daily activities has increased — not necessarily a reflection on the institution), the cost of a single room is $195.00, 23.66% lower than the average state single price of $241.15.

We suggest families consult with a professional to determine what sort of financial action plan can help with the costs of long-term care, before it is needed. Caregiverlist can also provide a care plan to find senior home care agency options in Oregon 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.

*according to 2010 U.S. Census

Keep Healthy Living Goals Using Nutrition App

There's a saying that the hardest part of working out is tying your shoes. Getting into an exercise routine requires motivation to persist until it becomes a habit, as does healthy eating. The Lifesum app enables caregivers to set realistic healthily living goals and see them through. 

When caregivers first download the app, they need to create a profile with specific details about their current health, such as height, weight and age. Then, the app determines what type of plan they would like to create: be healthier, lose weight or gain weight (build muscle strength). Based on these selections, the app determines how many calories the user should consume in a day. 

This app further breaks down calorie recommendations per day by recommended number of carbs, amount of protein and amount of fat. Additionally, suggests about how many calories the caregiver should consume for each meal to balance throughout the day. A water tracker at the bottom allows users to tap a glass icon each time they drink 8 oz of water to record it. The app offers rotating tips about how much water to drink, such as drinking some prior to meals to prevent overeating and ensuring rehydration after exercise. 

Caregivers also have the option to search for and record the type and amount of exercise they complete. Everything from sit-ups and weight lifting to zumba and yoga are available in the search, with estimated calories burned based on how long users exercise. Caregivers can fit exercise into their day before or after work, and it can be as simple as going for a quick 20 minute walk. The calories burned are factored into the daily calorie allowance, meaning in exchange for a 30 minute run, caregivers might be able to eat a little more that day. 

The paid version of the app offers additional features, such as meal recommendations and food ratings meant to educate the user and provide suggestions for healthier eating. When users first download the free version of the app, the meal recommendations are available on a trial basis. They consist of recipes suggested for breakfast, lunch or dinner with nutrition information upfront to make informed decisions. Should users decide they like this feature, the paid subscription is available starting at $3.91 per month. 

The Lifesum 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

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