Alzheimer's caregivers now have a new friend to support them through their caregiving journey. Alzheimer's disease progresses through stages, or levels, as the forgetting eventually impacts all of the body's functions. The changes in the senior's personality can be especially stressful for caregivers. This is why having a "digital" buddy helps you to stay on the best path for each day of the Alzheimer's caregiver journey.
Caregiver Buddy App allows caregivers to access:
24/7 Alzheimer's Helpline
Daily Care Tips for Tasks Related to Hygiene and Meal Times
Fun Activity Ideas to Stimulate Body and Mind
Behavior Coping Tips for Overwhelming Behaviors of Aggression and Hallucination
Refresher about Alzheimer's Disease
The Caregiver Buddy App was developed by the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Illinois Chapter.
Alzheimer's caregivers can also take notes on the App to maintain daily care notes and quickly access care information.
Caregivers will be presented with the App's capabilities upon starting it and prompted to view the search function and notes section and given instructions on how to navigate the Caregiver Buddy.
Caregivers will then choose a topic, such as Wellbeing or Communication and then be provided with more information on the topic. This App can be a nice accompaniment to the Caregiver Basic Training which explains the different types of memory loss, including Alzheimer's disease.
Senior caregivers please give us your feedback on the Caregiver Buddy App.
Know about any additional caregiver Apps that excel at assisting with caregiving duties? Let us know.
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There is something awe-inspiring and beautiful about mountains. This week's stress relief photo was taken in the Alps, near the border of Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Please enjoy and feel free to share the photo and inspirational quote 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.
"Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley."
What training materials are used for senior caregivers?
Caring for seniors involves assisting with physical and emotional needs along with practical household scheduling and maintenance. State laws require caregivers to understand how to identify elder abuse and to maintain privacy according to the Health Information Privacy and Portability Act (HIPPA).
Understanding how to record Care Plan notes and follow guidelines for daily activities allows professional caregivers working in the home to deliver the same high quality care as seniors in care communities.
Basic Caregiver Training incorporates the senior care training materials as outlined by the national association of home care and as passed into legislation in certain states.
Caregiver Training Materials Include:
- Sample Care Plan Notes
- Suggested Books and Movies
- Orientation to Caregiver Job Duties and Professional Guidelines
- Safety for Environment and for Emergencies
- Safe Transfers
- Communication Skills
- Privacy Requirements
- Identify and Report Elder Abuse
- Chronic Condition Introduction: Strokes, Memory Loss, Cancer
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This week's stress relief photo was taken in London, England. Autumn is upon us, and with it the radiant colors of nature as the seasons change. 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.
"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another."
Senior caregivers should have more training and better pay in order to deliver higher quality care to seniors, according to MIT Sloan School of Management professor Paul Osterman. who has authored "Who Will Care for Us? Long-Term Care and the Long-Term Workforce".
Long-term care support services cost Americans $310 billion a year, accounting for both Medicaid care and private payments. As Medicare does not pay for long-term senior care services (only for short-term nursing home stays for rehabilitation), all Americans must pay privately unless they spend down their assets and qualify for Medicaid, for low-income seniors with few assets.
- 14 million Americans needed long-term care in 2015
- 22 million Americans will need long-term care by 2030
As home care aides are limited regarding some of the services they can administer, with eye-drops used as the example in Mr. Osterman's recent Wall Street Journal opinion article, services must pay for the additional cost for a Registered Nurse to drop in and perform these regulated tasks.
However home caregivers spend the most time with the senior and can easily be trained to do some of the tasks they are now limited from doing. The improved training could also include learning more about chronic diseases. As technology now allows us to use Apps to monitor many conditions, there are many opportunities available to develop more hands-on training skills for home caregivers. And if this lowers the cost of home care and delivers higher quality care, then why not?
Caregiver training skills which we call "basic caregiver training' encompass the minimum standards for quality care delivery, such as learning how to safely transfer a senior from bed to wheelchair, understanding how to record proper care plan notes and follow the HIPAA privacy law and understand how to communicate with different generations. Training for stroke survivor care, Alzheimer's disease care and more are part of ongoing annual training renewals. Caregiver training varies in each state, based on health department regulations, but most licensed senior home care agencies are required to provide basic caregiver training. Medicaid home health aides are required to take initial training and annual training and this also varies depending on the state's requirements.
As seniors will be living longer than previous generations ever imagined, it makes sense to modernize the training for senior care.
Free caregiver training briefs are available to all caregivers on Caregiverlist as an introduction to the training required for caregiver certification.
We invite you to take a moment to relax and enjoy our stress relief photo and inspirational quote and share them with loved ones. This week's photo of a gorgeous sunset was taken in Stonington, Connecticut. Skies like this always make people stop and notice. 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.
"Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson