Bright and Bold in Chicago: Caregiver Stress Relief

We hope your summer is off to a good start and you are able to enjoy some time in the sunshine. This week's stress relief photo was taken along Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. 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. 


"Insist on yourself; never imitate....Every great man is unique."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Gardening App Provides Hobby, Light Activity for Senior Clients

Now that it's officially summer, the optimal time for outdoor activities has come. Why sit inside all day when you can head out for an hour and soak up some sun? For senior caregivers looking for low-impact activities to partake in with their senior clients, the Gardening Companion app offers a way to get outside and connect with nature. 

Gardening proves to be optimal for senior clients because it doesn't require much physical labor. There may be some digging and pulling weeds, but a senior caregiver can work with their senior client to take care of the more strenuous tasks. It also offers a way for senior caregivers to bond with their clients, over planning which plants to include and actually planting them. Having a hobby also gives senior clients something to work towards and keeps their brains active while incorporating light physical activity. 

When caregivers first open the app, they must create an account. The process takes a few seconds if you connect an existing social media account to the app. The homepage of the app features popular articles for users to scroll through. The topics range from spotlights on specific types of plants, such as Dogwood, or more general topics about gardening, such as Soil & Fertilizers. 



The articles focusing on specific types of plants go into great detail by introducing the plant and then breaking down what's necessary for its care. Caregivers can search by plant name in the upper right corner if they have a specific plant in mind. Users can also favorite plants and articles to save for later. 

Reading through the profile and seeing the tips for growing that plant will help senior caregivers and their clients determine if it's a good fit for their home garden. The tips even offer differentiation between growing the plant indoors versus outdoors, so senior caregivers can take that into consideration. The only function missing from the app is a suggestion tool for which plants grow well when planted in the same bed.

The Journal and Reminder areas offer tools to stay on track with tending the garden. In the journal, caregivers can record events such as flowers blooming or vegetable plants being ready to pick to keep historical data for future years. And in Reminders, caregivers can set a reminder to water their plants based on its needs. 

Senior caregivers should remember to take into consideration the elements of working outside. Check the weather forecast before planning to spend an hour or two outside. Bring water bottles out for continued hydration, wear a hat with a brim to shade your face from the sun and wear sunblock or bug spray as needed. 

The Garden Companion 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



Find Senior Care Training

Senior caregiving has become one of the fastest growing professions because seniors are living longer than any previous generation while needing some care services for some of those year. In addition, technology has allowed seniors to age-in-place in their own homes while still staying in communication with friends, families and medical professionals.

Senior caregivers can take basic caregiving training courses to become certified as a professional caregiver and to be able to understand how to safely care for seniors. In addition, professional caregiver training.teaches caregivers to know how to identify elder abuse and how to maintain client privacy information.

California caregiver training now requires 5 hours of Orientation and Safety training prior to beginning to work with a senior client and an additional 5 hours of annual training in core competencies such as managing daily care plans, understanding elder abuse, assisting with daily activities of living, safe transfers and caring for age-related illnesses.

Find senior caregiver training requirements in your state and take an online caregiver training course to be a professionally certified senior caregiver.


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Caregiver Stress Relief: Evening Stroll in the Piazza

In Italy it is customary to take an evening walk called the "passeggiata" to end the workday and socialize with family and friends. This week's photo was taken in the Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy. We invite you to take a moment to relax and enjoy the photo and inspirational quote and share them with loved ones. 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. 


"Count your nights by stars, not shadows; count your life with smiles, not tears."  -Italian Proverb

Montana Nursing Home Costs and Star Ratings Updated

Montana is big sky country. And, as with many states, its population is rapidly aging. A quarter of Montana’s citizens will be 65 years or older by 2030, making it the fifth oldest state in the U.S. Luckily, Montana nursing home costs are in the bottom half of the nation’s (28th out of 50) and the majority of the nursing homes in Montana rate 4 stars (out of 5) or better.

The average annual price of a private room in a Montana nursing home is $78,475, or $6,540 per month. The average annual price of a shared room in a Montana nursing home is $73,000, or $6,083 per month.

Montana seniors and their families should understand the costs of nursing homes in their chosen area, along with their overall ratings. Hospitals will oftentimes discharge the senior to a nursing home for post-hospital stay rehabilitation. If the senior’s stay is longer than the Medicare-covered 100 days, those costs becomes out-of-pocket. Or if a senior needs 24 hour care, a nursing home may be a family’s best long-term care option.

The nursing home talk is a difficult one and most families avoid the discussion until the need is imminent. Caregiverlist believes and informed consumer is in the best position to make those critical long-term care choices. We are always updating our nursing home cost database and have released the latest costs and ratings for Montana nursing homes.

You can also see an at­-a­-glance snapshot of our latest findings with our Montana nursing home cost infographic.

Below is a snapshot of Montana nursing home costs and ratings:
Total Number of Nursing Homes: 92

Average Single Price: $215
Average Double Price: $200
Average Rating: 3.0 (out of 5)

Star Rating Snapshot:
5-Star: 7
4-Star: 46
3-Star: 26
2-Star: 3
1-Star: 10

Montana takes care of their own. More than 75 Montana senior fraud victims will receive a total of $200,000 in restitution. The Montana Securities Restitution Fund, established by the Montana Legislature in 2011, helps victims of investment fraud recover a portion of what they lost. Of course, the best way to deal with senior scams is to prevent them in the first place, but we applaud Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica Lindeen for urging the legislature to help compensate the most vulnerable of Montana’s elderly population.

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. We recommend you consult with a professional who can come up with a financial action plan to anticipate future long-term care costs. They will help assess your future spending needs. Caregiverlist can also provide a care plan to find senior home care agency options in Montana and help you learn about the costs for senior care.


Montana Nursing Home Cost

Caregiverlist has updated the daily rates of nursing homes in Montana. With about 92 nursing homes, the average cost for a shared room is about $200 a day. Montana nursing homes holds an average rating of 3.0 out of 5. 



Caregiverlist's nursing home directory provides the daily rates for nursing homes nationwide. We found the daily rate, for both single and double rooms, and acceptance of Medicate and Medicaid to help you find a nursing home that fits your needs. 

Brain Games in App Keep Brain Active and Prevent Dementia

One of the best ways to prevent the onset of dementia is to keep the mind active as we grow older. This can be accomplished in many ways, such as crossword puzzles, reading books on a regular basis or playing little brain games. The Peak - Brain Training app gives senior clients a series of games to play to sharpen their memory skills, improve mental agility and keep their brain active.

When users first download the app, they need to create a profile from a Facebook account or with an e-mail address. The app asks which areas they would like focus on from problem solving, memory, language and focus. Caregivers can help their senior clients pick categories, but there's no issue with selecting all four. 

Then, to establish a base point, users need to complete a series of intro exercises. The first exercise shows users a series of three or four tiles with numbers on them and asks them to tap them in order from lowest to highest. This exercise focuses on speed and accuracy. 

Another exercise presents a tiled board and shows spots where little mines are hidden. Senior clients need to remember where the mines are hidden because then it shows two dots and the goal is to connect the dots without hitting one of the squares with a hidden mine. This exercise focuses mainly on strengthening memory. 


As users move through the exercises, they app assesses their skills and gives them a ranking, from beginner or novice up to expert. As senior clients use the app over time, the app creates personalized workouts to improve their skill sets based on prior performance in the games. 

Senior caregivers can sit down with their senior clients a few times a week and take turns playing the games or simply cheer their senior clients on while they complete the exercises. For optimal brain exercise to help offset dementia, use the app about three times a week and pepper the day with other small brain activities, such as reading the newspaper or doing a crossword puzzle. 

The Peak - Brain Training 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

Cruising in Connecticut for Caregiver Stress Relief

This week's stress relief photo was taken from a boat cruising through the Thimble Islands, off the coast of Connecticut. Caregiverlist invites you to enjoy and the photo and inspirational quote and share them 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.


"We build too many walls and not enough bridges."  -Isaac Newton

New Hampshire Nursing Home Costs and Star Ratings Updated

New Hampshire’s population is aging at a rapid pace. In fact, NH is the state with the third fastest aging population in the U.S. By the year 2020, the number of elderly New Hampshirites will peak. And by 2030, the Granite Staters will experience a “silver tsunami,” almost one-third of the population will be 65 or older. Since it is estimated that 70% of people turning age 65 can expect to use some form of long-term care during their lives, seniors should acquaint themselves with the cost of nursing homes in their state. New Hampshire is in the top 10 most expensive states for nursing home care.

New Hampshire senior care planning includes understanding costs of nursing homes in the chosen area, along with their overall ratings. Many times, hospitals will discharge the senior to a nursing home for post-hospital stay rehabilitation. If the senior’s stay is longer than the Medicare-covered 100 days, those costs becomes out-of-pocket.

Nursing homes are costly — and it’s a topic many families don’t discuss until the need is imminent. Avoiding the long-term care conversation doesn’t make it go away. That’s why our mission is to educate the consumer. We are always updating our nursing home cost database and have released the latest costs and ratings for New Hampshire nursing homes.

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

Total Number of Nursing Homes: 80
Average Single Price: $301
Average Double Price: $285
Average Rating: 3.1 (out of 5)

Star Rating Snapshot:
5-Star: 9
4-Star: 32
3-Star: 29
2-Star: 6
1-Star: 4

New Hampshire’s Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services (BEAS), has published their State Plan on Aging, which became effective on October 1, 2015. The Plan will remain in effect through September 30, 2019.

You can also see an at­-a­-glance snapshot of our latest findings with our New Hampshire nursing home cost infographic.

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 good place to start anticipating for those future long-term care costs is consulting with a professional who can come up with a financial action plan that includes an assessment of your family’s assets and future spending needs. Caregiverlist can also provide a care plan to find senior home care agency options in New Hampshire and help you learn about the costs for senior care.


Caregivers Can Experience Life with Dementia Using New App

When it comes to understanding dementia and Alzheimer's disease, we can read about the various symptoms and glean together an understanding from people we know who dealt with them. However, it can still be difficult to piece together the thought patterns of someone with dementia as they navigate through their daily life. A new app called "A Walk Through Dementia" aims to bridge the gap between those living with dementia and those on the outside by giving a glimpse into the thoughts of a person with dementia. 

The app focuses on creating a virtual reality experience for the user. Alzheimer's Research UK created the app after interviewing several people with dementia to understand how their symptoms affect their daily lives. The app features three different environments for the user to navigate through: at the supermarket, on the road and at home. 


The app uses Google Cardboard virtual reality to immerse the user in the experience. For this reason, the app is available exclusively for Android, but the app creators put together a set of YouTube videos to help people without Androids experience the app as well. 

Watching the YouTube videos, we see first-person the narrator walking down the street and encountering a decision point of which way to walk home. As the narrator walks, we hear her inner thoughts change from recognizing her surroundings to deciding to take an alleyway as a short cut. Then, we hear her realize it's not the right way home and increasing panic as she does not recognize her surroundings and cannot find her son. 

As the walk continues, we realize further difficulties in perception as the narrator comes across a puddle, but her mind cannot correctly identify it. To her, it looks more like a gaping hole in the middle of the sidewalk, and only her son's confirmation helps her recognize that it's just a bit of water. We hear her attempt to cover put he fact that she thought it was something else, but from first person it lends us the recognition that she truly could not tell the difference. 

This sort of first-person recognition will help caregivers better understand how senior clients with dementia experience the world around them. By having this app or these videos to watch, we can clearly see how to a person with dementia, a shallow puddle of water can look like a hole in the ground because of the brain's distortion of reality. 

If your senior client has dementia or Alzheimer's Disease, talk to them about their experiences with the world. It can be difficult, but letting them know that you will listen and support them through these situations can only help them feel more comfortable about opening up about their dementia.

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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