Caregiver Stress Relief: Misty Lakefront

This week's stress relief photo was taken along the coast of Lake Michigan near Sheboygan, Wisconsin. This fog rolled in and back out just as quickly. It can seem almost magical as it blankets the world. 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.


"Derive happiness in oneself from a good days work, 
from illuminating the fog that surrounds us."
-Henri Matisse

Book of the Week: The Caregiver

The Caregiver by Samuel Park tells the story of Mara and her mother Ana, set in Brazil. After some bad choices, Mara ends up living undocumented in the United States working as a caregiver for a woman that is in the late stages of stomach cancer. During her job as a caregiver she deals with her past and the difficulties that come when caring for someone. 


Read more about the book here.

Register to Vote - Senior Care Benefits are Regulated by your Elected U.S. Senators and Representatives

Vote! This is your opportunity to have your voice heard. Remember, anyone working in the senior care industry has indirect support from government program as seniors receive Social Security benefits and Medicare or Medicaid health care insurance.


Register to vote in your voting precinct. Deadlines sometimes exist for registration. Find out how to register in your area. It’s easy!


You may also vote on an absentee ballot ahead of the election if you will not be able to make it to the voting precinct on the day of the election which is usually a Tuesday.


Fun fact for you on why we vote on Tuesdays: back when almost everyone lived on a farm, it sometimes took a full day to travel by horse and buggy to get to the voting place which was usually at the town where the county courthouse was located. As Sunday was the sabbath and Wednesday was market day, Tuesday was chosen.


As most senior caregivers are women, you will also want to consider voting for candidates who support equal pay and other women’s rights.

Most candidates support many different issues which may or may not match with one political party.  Find the issue that resonates the most with you and support that candidate in your area.


Medicare and Medicaid are funded by both state and federal dollars and your elected officials in Congress will have a voice in any changes to these programs. You want to research to see how they support or don’t support funding these senior benefits.



Read more about the Ballot Ready app here. 

Colors of New Mexico: Stress Relief Photo

The colors of nature are beautiful no matter which season it is. This week's stress relief photo was taken near Santa Fe, New Mexico, where the landscape is truly fascinating. 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.


"In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks."
-John Muir

Autumn in the Park: Stress Relief Photo

It is the first of October, summer already feels like a memory, and the autumn chill is in the air. 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 was taken in Lincoln Park, in Chicago, Illinois. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and the care you provide for our seniorsMore 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.


"Autumn is the hush before winter."
-French Proverb

The Shortage of Home Care Workers

With the elderly population growing each day, the question of who will take care of this generation becomes more pressing. The demand for home care workers is expected to increase each coming year. Statistics rank home care as one of the fastest growing occupations, with demand of about a million workers by the year 2026. Home care agencies are always looking to hire, you can get certified online by visiting caregiverlist.com and apply to jobs in your area. 

To learn more about this shortage, read this article from forbes. 


Book of the Week: How to Take Care of Old People without Losing your Marbles

How to take care of old people without losing your marbles was written by Suzanne Asaff Blankenship. It's a practical guide to taking care of elderly people without going crazy by staying organized. It's full of helpful tips, guidance and great resources to help caregivers on their journey of taking care of a parent, relative, friend or client. 


Read more about it here

Stress Relief Photo: A Place to Relax

Caregivers provide companionship and caregiving to seniors, and must remember to "care for the caregiver." We thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and caring for our seniors. This week's stress relief photo was taken along the coast of Lake Michigan in Wisconsin. It is important to take time out and sometimes just find a quiet place to sit and relax. We invite you to take a moment to enjoy the photo and the inspirational quote and share them with loved ones. We hope you have a great week.


"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; 
courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."
-Winston Churchill

Meditation Podcast: Steps to Inner Peace

Caregiver stress is part of the job, but it is important to take care of yourselves as you take care of others. Meditation is a great way to relieve stress, reduce anxiety and bring overall peace. Meditation Pebbles: 5 Minutes to Inner Peace is a great podcast to help guide you in meditation. They have an array of topics and you can find all of their podcasts on their website, Spotify, Apple podcasts and more. Learn more here

Hydration and Demenita

A 24-year old invented a brilliant way to help his grandmother with dementia stay hydrated. Jelly drops are tasty treats that are filled with 90% water and look like candy, making it more appealing for patients. After realizing that his grandmother was not drinking enough water, Lewis Hornby created them. People with dementia often forget to drink water, or can't remember where to find it, which can be a threat to their health. Jelly drops are a fun way to keep patients engaged and hydrated.

Watch this video to learn more.

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