Caregiver Training for Private Duty Senior Caregivers

Senior caregivers are required to be trained and competent in specific skills now in many states in the U.S.A. California most recently passed legislation mandating a minimum of 10 hours of training for new caregivers followed by 5 hours of training each year. 

Caregiver training certification ensures the caregiver understands how to care for a senior and effectively manage age-related issues. Training for caregiving for a senior with Alzheimer's disease, for instance, will make a significant difference in the quality of the care. Even family members can benefit from training on how best to interact with a senior with memory loss.

Review the caregiver training requirements in your state and take the online basic caregiver training to meet the entry-level caregiving skill requirements.

Senior caregiving companies are constantly hiring part-time and full-time caregivers as few seniors plan ahead for senior care needs. Submit 1 job application to be considered for open caregiving jobs in your area by a licensed senior home care agency.

Join the Professional Association of Caregivers to receive a t-shirt and lapel pin with your online caregiver training course.

GrandPad App Allows Senior Clients To Stay Connected To Loved Ones Digitally

For senior clients as they age, particularly for those who live a fair distance from their family, staying involved in one another's daily lives can be challenging. While the younger generations are plugged into technology, social media could seem overwhelming for a senior client with posts to sort through from so many different sources. The GrandPad app offers a way for families to send pictures and updates to their senior loved ones in a private program.

To use the GrandPad app, the senior client needs to purchase a plan with the site. The options include a monthly or annually billed plan for the tablet itself, connectivity, and insurance in case of damage or theft. Once a senior client is set up with their GrandPad, then their loved ones can download the GrandPad app to begin sharing photos and videos with them. 

When users first download the app, they need to send e-mail invites to all of the people who they'd like to contribute to the Family Feed. From there, the new users can download the app too and sign into their private feed. From there, users can post pictures and comment on other people's posts, just like on other social networks such as Instagram or Facebook. Loved ones can also decide to hook up their Instagram feed to the app so that pictures are sent automatically to the Family Feed automatically. 

To make it as easy as possible for senior clients to interact with the content, voice memos can be left instead of typed comments. Users also have the option of conducting voice or video calls directly on the tablet or in the app. The voice memos can also be sent as e-mails, so seniors have many options to communicate with their families stress-free. The GrandPad also features games and music for seniors to interact with as they'd like. 

Caregivers can support their senior clients in using the GrandPad to communicate with their families. They can take photos of them doing activities around the house, such as cooking dinner, or help them record voice memos to share with their loved ones. They can also monitor the family feed for them and make sure they don't miss any updates from their family. 

The GrandPad app is available for Apple and Android products. Visit the GrandPad site for more information on the tablet for senior clients. 

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

Daybreak in Florida: Stress Relief Photo

Sunrise is a beautiful thing when we are lucky enough to be up and able to enjoy it. 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 Sanibel Island, Florida. 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.

"With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts." 
-Eleanor Roosevelt

Health App Tracks Activity for Caregiver Stress Relief

The job of a caregiver can be unpredictable and stressful. One of the most important considerations for maintaining a healthy lifestyle comes with managing that stress. Caregivers have several options when it comes to stress relief: meditation, exercise and sleep all contribute to wellness. For caregivers with Apple phones, the built-in Health app automatically tracks steps so caregivers can gauge their daily activity. 

You probably don't realize the number of steps that you take each day. For caregivers especially, who might be crossing a room several times a day to get things for their senior clients, 15 steps here and 20 steps there add up fairly quickly. The Health app uses GPS data to track how far your phone moves, and with it, how many steps and miles you walk in a day. Caregivers with Apple phones don't even need to download anything to use this function; it comes pre-installed on the phone and tracks movement automatically. 

When caregivers open the app, they are greeted with a dashboard that shows the number of flights of stairs climbed, number of steps and walking + running distance average for the week. If caregivers also have a device such as a Fitbit that tracks calories and other fitness data, they can connect that with the Health app to produce more data, such as exercise minutes or workouts. 

For each category presented, caregivers can click to see more historical data and compare charts over time. For example, clicking on walking + running distance will show all of the daily data for the week, month or year and display bar graphs across the top to illustrate the data. It will also show your average distance overall. The comparison charts help caregivers realize when they might have a week or month that's particularly low so that they can adjust their routine to add in more exercise.

Consider setting a daily step or distance goal for yourself, or maybe even for you and your senior client if they feel like going for a walk. For senior clients, regular movement helps keep their joints active, even if it's just a leisurely stroll around the block. For senior caregivers, walking or running even an extra mile every day can help relieve stress. 

The Health app comes pre-installed on all Apple products. 

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

Misty Morning: Stress Relief Photo

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. This week's quote is by Abraham Lincoln, whose birthday we celebrated yesterday. This week's stress relief photo was taken on a very foggy morning along the Chicago lakefront. It felt like being enveloped in a cloud. 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.

"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." 
-Abraham Lincoln

Shining in the Sun: Stress Relief Photo

This week's stress relief photo was taken in Chicago's Chinatown in the brilliant sunshine. 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 and visit our career center for additional career tools. Have a great week.

"Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it. "-Confucius 

Fun Brain Game App Helps Prevent Onset of Dementia in Senior Clients

The task of keeping a senior's brain active to prevent the onset of dementia may seem daunting, but it breaks down to finding small tasks they can do on a regular basis. Many activities will do the trick, such as crossword puzzles, yoga, or reading a book, one option is to pick a brain game. The Six app offers a simple but fun game to activate senior clients' brains and prevent dementia. 

The concept behind Six will be easy for a senior client to pick up in its simplicity. There is a hexagon on top of a tower of blocks of different shapes and sizes. The goal of the game is to eliminate the blocks one at a time from underneath the hexagon without letting it roll off the side of the tower. It sounds easy, but as the blocks fall the hexagon shifts on its five sides.

The challenge lies in determining which blocks will throw off the balance of the whole tower and send the hexagon teetering off the edge. Senior clients will need to examine the way the different shapes underneath the hexagon fit together, and how the weight will shift as they choose which block to eliminate next. For example, in the above scenario, senior clients would need to decide whether or not getting rid of the block on the far right would cause the hexagon to shift and come falling off the right side of the tower. 

As caregivers and their senior clients continue playing the game, they rack up more and more points for eliminating blocks while keeping the hexagon balanced. Once a certain score is reached, the app unlocks the next level for play. Caregivers could easily create a little tournament between themselves and their senior clients to see who can get the high score on the game, or instead play together and strategize about which blocks to get rid of next. 

Another version of the game available is based entirely on speed, and how quickly players can get rid of blocks while keeping the hexagon balanced. Senior clients can give this a try, but many may prefer to take their time on the classic version of the game. Both offer ample opportunity for brain exercise, so whichever they prefer is fine. 

The Six! 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

Peaceful Pastels: Stress Relief Photo

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. This week's stress relief photo was taken at sunset on Sanibel Island in Florida, on a perfect evening for a walk on the beach. Please enjoy and feel free to share the photo and inspirational quote with loved ones. We hope you have a great week.

"Do not forget little kindnesses and do not remember small faults."
-Chinese Proverb

Indiana Nursing Home Costs and Star Ratings Updated

Indiana’s estimated senior population, those aged 65+, is approximately 14.6% of it’s total 6.6 million population, according to the Census Bureau. 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. Elderly Hoosiers may seek long-term care one of the state’s 558 nursing homes.

Long term nursing homes care can deplete a senior’s assets fairly quickly if the family private pays. While Medicare pays for the first 100 days of nursing home rehab care after a hospital stay, any time after that, costs are absorbed by the senior. 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.

Indiana 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 Indiana nursing homes.

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

Total Number of Nursing Homes: 558
Average Single Price: $219
Average Double Price: $180

Average Rating: 2.6 (out of 5) Stars
Star Rating Snapshot:
5-Star: 11
4-Star: 152
3-Star: 254
2-Star: 94
1-Star: 47

You can also see Indiana’s updated nursing home cost infographic for January 2017 here.

Many Indiana seniors and their families will opt to hire an in-home professional senior caregiver if around-the-clock care is not needed. The average hourly rate for senior home care in Indiana is approximately $20 per hour. A quality home care agency will provide liability and worker's compensation insurance and payroll taxes as required by law.

Are you looking for the best Indiana nursing home whose cost falls below the state average? Miller's Merry Manor in Wabash, IN fits the bill. This 84-bed long-term care facility is not only one of the highest rated nursing home in our database, with a 4.2 overall star-rating, the cost of a shared room is $161, 10.59% lower than the average double price of $180 in Indiana.

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 Indiana 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.

Yoga for Beginners App Offers Caregivers, Clients Easy Way to Exercise

Relieving stress and staying active play a big part in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but most of the time that seems easier said than done. For senior caregivers whose work is particularly demanding, setting aside time a couple of times a week to exercise and de-stress can make a big difference in mental and physical health. The Yoga For Beginners app offers a way for caregivers and their senior clients to stretch and exercise wherever is most convenient for them. 

The home screen of the app is divided into four different sections: Yoga Plans, Yoga Poses, Health Tips and Instruction. Under Yoga Plans, caregivers will find the different options for yoga programs that they can complete through the guided instructions in the app. The Yoga for Beginners plan is free, while the others such as Yoga to Relieve Stress or Yoga for Better Sleep must be paid for. Starting with Yoga for Beginners will give you and your senior clients a feel for the basic poses and will help with the aforementioned issues. Simply doing any yoga helps bring calm to the mind and stretch the body. 

Once users select a program, they can click start to begin the countdown and launch into their exercise routine. The screen shows the specific pose that caregivers should use, and if a demonstration is needed then caregivers can click on the play button in the upper right-hand corner. This will pull up a video explaining and demonstrating the pose for someone who has never done it before. The videos are embedded directly into the app from YouTube, so they aren't all the same style or instructor. But given the free nature of the app, they do a sufficient job of educating the viewer on how to complete the exercise. 

Under the Yoga Poses area of the app, caregivers will find a list of poses that serve different purposes and instructions on how to complete them. The categories include Yoga Poses, Abs Exercises, Stretch Exercises, etc. Every category includes some free poses and some locked for a paid subscription. These all include a written description of the activity and what it helps with, and then a YouTube video showing the exercise. These YouTube videos appear to be specifically put together for the app, as opposed to the videos in the other portion that differ in instructor and style video-to-video. 

Under Health Tips, caregivers will find several categories sharing tips on everything from Women's Health and Weight Loss Tips to Healthy Eating and Aging & Health. When users read these tips, even in the prose they are reminded to consult with their doctors for expert opinions before changing their habits drastically. Especially when it comes to senior clients, medical professionals will offer a more sound opinion than general tips in an app. However, this section can offer some food for thought, and options to discuss at future doctor's appointments. 

The Yoga for Beginners app is available for Apple 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

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