Hiking in the Mist: Caregiver Stress Relief

Even in the misty weather, a still and beautiful lake is a great place to walk and clear your mind. This week's stress relief photo was taken at the Eibsee, a lake near the Zugspitze in Bavaria, Germany. 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.


"Make your heart like a lake, with a calm, still surface, and great depths of kindness."
-Lao Tzu

Certified Caregiver Training Online to Become a Professional Caregiver in California and All States (California New 2016 Caregiver Law)

Certified caregiver training is now required in California as well as many other states in the U.S.A. California's state legislature passed the Caliofornia Home Care Services Consumer Protection law which basically just enforces all the requirements senior care companies were providing with the addition of requiring California caregivers to have 10 hours of caregiver certification training.

California's Assembly Bill 1217, often called "AB1217" outlines the caregiver training requirements. After the first year of working as a caregiver, senior caregivers must document they have taken 5 hours of additional training each year to maintain caregiver certification for the state of California. By taking an online training course, caregivers can easily document their training.
View the video below to understand the training certification and join the professional association of caregivers to keep your training updated each year. Get started with California Caregiver Training here.





App Provides Customized News for Caregivers On the Go

In today's world of social media, sometimes the number of different sources for daily news can seem overwhelming. Which one shares interesting content on the topics you most care about? For caregivers who work long hours, digging through the depths of the internet to find out may be daunting. The News Republic app offers a one-stop place for caregivers to quickly see news and articles from several sources. 

When users first open the app, it asks them to establish a profile and select topics of interest. Topics range from US News and International to Technology & Science or Entertainment. This gives the app the ability to provide a variety of information while still staying relevant to your interests. 

The homepage of the app offers the Top Stories of the day in the upper left-hand corner, and then shows a different icon for each of the categories selected during set-up. When users click on an icon, it takes them to a dedicated feed that pulls in stories from several different sources. Caregivers can scroll down to browse various headlines and see at the top of each post what the source of the article is.


When a headline strikes a caregiver's interest and they'd like to look closer, they can click on it and read the article within the app instead of needing to navigate to it in their phone's internet browser. After they've read it, the app even gives them the ability to comment, share or react. The options for React include Astonished, Pleased, Indifferent, Worried or Sorry. 

Users can also save articles within the app if they'd like to come back to them at a later time. Caregivers can also choose to get notifications when new stories from their selected topics are added to the app. Caregivers could also set the app up with the interests of their senior client in mind to find and share news with them. 

The Digest section of the app shows the 11 most important articles from across all of your selected topics. This gives caregivers with limited time the ability to quickly open the app and scan the headlines to stay up-to-date without needing to go through their entire timeline. 

The NewsRepublic app is available for Apple and Android platforms. 

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

Evening in Nicaragua for Caregiver Stress Relief

This week's stress relief photo was taken in Managua, Nicaragua, at the end of a beautiful day. 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. We hope you have a great week. 


"Sunsets are proof that no matter what happens, every day can end beautifully."
-Kristen Butler

Take a Meditation Break for Stress Relief Using Guided App

As we come into the fall and winter months, the days get shorter and the weather gets worse. As this happens, it's easy to hole up indoors and focus on the stressors of daily life. For caregivers in particular who work in high-stress environments, taking the time to break the routine and relieve stress remain key. The Headspace app offers guided meditation to help caregivers take care of their mental health. 

The Headspace home screen displays different levels of meditation for caregivers to work through in the free version of the app. The levels also display how long that particular guided meditation will last for. Once a user selects the first session they would like to complete, the app opens an introduction animation explanation of how to best complete the meditation. 

As the intro to the meditation mentions, the most important aspect to having a successful meditation is finding a location where you will be undisturbed for the duration. Perhaps in the morning before you leave for work, immediately when you arrive home from work or right before bed would work well. Or, maybe your senior client would be interested in completing a guided meditation session with you. 

The actual session is an audio recording with a man explaining how to relax for the meditation. He explains how to sit and breathe in addition to what to focus on as you meditate. He moves slowly through the instructions, making them easy to follow and comply with. Caregivers with no meditation experience should find this a nice introduction. 

As caregivers complete more meditations, they can also visit the Series area of the app. Here users will see different categories of guided meditation, such as Sport, Health and Relationships. Each category has sub-categories of guided meditations for specific topics. For example, under Health there are meditations for Depression, Self-Esteem, Stress and Anxiety.  

The Singles library likewise contains individual meditations around more focused topics, such as Fear of Flying or Commuting. The meditations in this category last anywhere from 2 to 60 minutes, depending on the topic. Both the Series and the Singles meditations require a subscription to the app after having completed the first 10 free meditations. If caregivers find that the into meditations were helpful and a specific topic sticks out to them, they might want to consider subscribing to the service. 

The Headspace app is available for Apple and Android platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover 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: September Dawn

Daybreak is a magical time, and something we don't always get to enjoy. This week's stress relief photo was taken at dawn on North Avenue Beach in Chicago. 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 are able to relax and enjoy this holiday weekend. Have a great week.


"It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom." 
-Aristotle

Find C.N.A. School Near You in Certified Nursing Aide Class Directory

Certified Nursing Aides provide the hands-on care for seniors and others needing care in hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living communities. In the U.S.A., federal legislation was passed to mandate a minimum of 75 hours of training through an approved school for nursing aides to qualify to take the state certification exam to become a Certified Nursing Aide.

States can mandate additional hours for training which is why some states require 150 hours of study or more before an individual may take the nursing aide certification test.

Request C.N.A. Class Admissions packets for schools in your area and explore becoming a C.N.A. as there are ongoing job openings in this field. As more than 10,000 Americans turn age 65 each day and our seniors are living longer lives than previous generations, more qualified nursing aides are needed.

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Explore C.N.A. School Costs and Admissions Requirements Near You

Request Free C.N.A. Class Application

You may also apply for a companion caregiver job while you are pursuing C.N.A. training as the only requirements are to have a caring and dependable personality. Senior care companies hire between 5 and 10 caregivers each week to keep up with staffing demands as seniors do not plan ahead for senior care. Senior care companies provide caregiver training and you may also take online caregiver training to become certified as a professional caregiver.



Sunshine and Sand in Connecticut: Caregiver Stress Relief

There is no place like the beach to relax as summer draws to a close. This week's photo was taken at the beach in Madison, Connecticut. 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. 


"Pearls don't lie on the seashore. If you want one, you must dive for it." 
-Chinese Proverb

Stay Fit into the Fall Using Yoga App

Summer is almost gone, and with fall comes the tendency to spend more time indoors and sedentary. For senior caregivers, regular exercise can provide much-needed stress relief. Yoga offers a chance to get moving and improve flexibility while staying indoors. The Simply Yoga app teaches caregivers how to do complete different yoga exercises. 

When caregivers first open the Simply Yoga app, they will find a very basic home screen. One detriment to the app is the lack of labels on the home screen. Across the top, there are simply selections between 20, 40 or 60 minutes and underneath that numbers representing difficulty level. When users select a length and a difficulty number, the video program begins. 

The video introduces a pose by saying the name, describing the pose and how to effectively move your body to complete the pose. Poses in the program include Mountain Pose, Sun Salutation and Chair Pose. Users have the ability to move forward and backwards between the different poses using the buttons at the bottom of the screen, so if they miss part of the instructions they can listen again. 


In the background as the narrator talks, the app also plays background noise of waves in an ocean. This, along with the tone of the narrator's voice, is meant to help calm the user as they complete the exercises. In the settings area of the app, caregivers can turn this ocean waves sound on or off, as well as the pose sound and instructions sound within the app. 

The settings area of the app also offers a reminder day and time for notifications to complete a workout. Caregivers can complete these exercises in their living room, or with a senior client in their living room. Remember to use a mat, particularly if you should be exercising on a hardwood floor or a similar rough surface. 

For senior clients, yoga can offer a low-impact way to keep moving and improve flexibility. However, always check with their doctor before starting a new exercise plan and don't force any poses that might be too challenging for them. Participating in a yoga program together also gives you a chance to bond with your senior clients. 

The Simply Yoga app is available for Apple and Android platforms. While the interface itself leaves something to be desired in design, the videos themselves make for useful beginner educational tools. 

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

How Do I Become a C.N.A. in California?

What is a Certified Nursing Assistant?

A C.N.A., which stands for Certified Nursing Assistant, helps and reports to registered nurses and other healthcare professionals in various medical settings. A Certified Nursing Assistant’s main duties and responsibilities are to deliver basic care to the patients. Some essential job functions are to:

  • Help with daily activities like bathing, dressing, and grooming
  • Take patient’s vital signs
  • Prepare and serve meals
  • Administer medication
  • Clean and sanitize patient’s rooms

What Do you Have to Do to Become a C.N.A.?

Step 1: Find C.N.A. Programs in your Area

Find Certified Nursing Aide programs or go to Caregiverlist’s C.N.A school directory to research the requirements for acceptance into a program. The average California C.N.A. school cost is $1,320 and only schools with approved programs by the California state health department may offer the nursing aide certification training.


Step 2: Complete State Approved Training Requirements

California requires that Certified Nursing Assistant complete a minimum of 160 training hours before taking the certification exam. This is made up of 100 hours of practical training and 60 hours of in-class coursework.

Step 3: Pass C.N.A. Certification Exam

Once the coursework and training hours are complete, passing the state-approved C.N.A. certification exam is your last step before becoming a certified nursing assistant. Consider taking a C.N.A. practice test to refresh your nursing aide knowledge and to review the types of questions presented on the exam.

Step 4: Find C.N.A. Jobs

Senior care companies, assisted living communities, nursing facilities, and hospitals are always looking to hire certified nursing assistants.  Fill out our job application to apply to all C.N.A. and caregiver jobs near you.

Step 5: Continuing Education

Furthering your skillset is an important factor to a successful healthcare career. Buy a certified digital caregiver training course that complies with the 10 hours of training mandated by California state law.


C.N.A. Salary and Career Outlook
The average C.N.A. salary in California is $14.96 per hour and is projected to growth 18% over the next 10 years. This is because as the baby-boomer population ages, more C.N.A.’s will be needed in long -term care facilities.


Begin your healthcare career by receiving a free C.N.A. class application or by purchasing Caregiverlist’s digital caregiver training.

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