Gardening App Provides Caregiver Stress Relief in Time for Earth Day

With spring upon us and Earth Day this weekend, caregivers and their senior clients might be wondering what they can do to be environmentally friendly and get outdoors a little more. As a hobby, gardening offers a way to help the earth, grow your own healthy foods and relieve some stress. The Garden Compass app provides gardening assistance to caregivers and their senior clients.

Caregivers and their senior clients can spend some time discussing what they'd like to plant in their garden before purchasing seeds. Seeds can be purchased online or at a retailer such as Home Depot. Once caregivers and their senior clients have decided what they'd like to plant and selected a location for their garden, then they can begin using the app. 

Users need to create an account upon initially opening the app. This can be done using a Facebook profile or email address. Then, caregivers can begin building their garden virtually. The app allows users to quickly scan the barcode on a plant to accurately add it to their garden. Alternatively, caregivers can search by the exact scientific name of their plant to add it to the list, or they can add a more generic category to the garden list. The generic categories include Annuals, Bulbs, Citrus and Avocado, Vegetables and Herbs, etc.


In the free version of the app, users can add up to three different plants to their garden. This gives caregivers a chance to try the app and see if they like it, and then if they do they can upgrade to the paid version. The different garden selections are then used to populate the Care Calendar on a month-by-month basis.

The Care Calendar gives caregivers specific advice on how to take care of each plant during that month. For example, during April it indicates which garden items can be planted during cold weather, and then it May it will detail which vegetables can be harvested. This will be particularly useful for senior caregivers and their clients who are new to gardening. 

If caregivers run into unexpected issues while tending to their garden, such as bugs eating their plants or the plants not growing as expected, the app also offers a pest identification service. Using this section of the app requires a credit, which users are given a few of for free upon signing up or can purchase. They then can snap a photo of their garden and upload it to the app. They can also include a comment, and then the experts will examine the photo and offer specific identification of the pest. 

The Garden Compass 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

Illinois Nursing Home Workers Fighting for $15 an hour Wage

Nursing home daily rates are usually above $100 per day and can be higher than $400 per day, as the Caregiverlist Nursing Home Costs directory shows. Many Illinois nursing homes charge more than $300 per day for a private room and the median cost for a single room is $208 per day. Studies show that nursing home workers are among the most underpaid working women and men in the country with 1 in 3 nursing assistants relying on public assistance for some of their family's living needs.

Chicago Illinois nursing home workers participated in rallies on Thursday, April 14, 2017, to showcase their need for a higher hourly pay rate, seeking $15 per hour. Politicians, including two high-profile Democratic candidates for governor, Chris Kennedy and J.B. Pritzker, joined the rallies.

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The Paraprofessional Health Institute reports in their research that nursing assistants and workers providing laundry, food and housekeeping services are underpaid, often viewed "as a cost to be managed rather than an asset to invest." Keeping the wage floor low leads to 50% of nursing home workers leaving their positions each year and adds to the dramatically growing gap in available trained long-term care providers.

Nursing homes employ Certified Nursing Assistants (C.N.A.'s) who must meet minimum training requirements and pass a state certification exam to care for residents.

  • 91% of Nursing Assistants are Women
  • 1 in 3 C.N.A.'s rely on taxpayer-funded public benefits such as food stamps, energy assistance or Medicaid
  • Insufficient staffing levels contribute to high injury rates and high turnover
  • The average turnover for nursing assistants exceeded 50% in 2012
  • More than 1.3 million older Americans and people with disabilities currently reside in nursing homes
  • 10,000 Americans turn age 65 daily and the number of older Americans age 85+ will triple by 2050
How difficult would it be for a nursing home to pay more? Medicaid, the government program for low-income seniors, reimburses nursing homes for their fees for seniors on Medicaid. Medicare, for all seniors age 65 and over, pays for up-to-100 days in a nursing home. Others must private pay for the rooms. Review the cost of nursing homes near you. 

C.N.A.'s continue to be in demand and can always find local hospitals, nursing homes, and senior care companies hiring. Learn more about caregiver and C.N.A. jobs and training near you and submit a job application to be considered for openings. Caregivers may provide one-on-one care in the home for a senior and gain skills with an online caregiver training course. C.N.A.'s working in nursing homes may care for as many as 12 or more residents.


Central Park in Bloom: Stress Relief Photo

Finally we get to enjoy the marvel of blossoms and the new life of spring. 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 blossoming tree was taken in Central Park, New York. 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.


"In all things in nature there is something of the marvelous." -Aristotle

Become Professional Senior Caregiver with State Caregiver Training

Professional senior caregivers now may take formal training curated to meet state licensing requirements for senior care. As Americans are living longer, while needing care for some of those years and end-of-life care, both professional and family caregivers may join the Professional Association of Caregivers to keep up with industry news and research. The online caregiver training delivers skills for safety for both the senior and caregiver. Learn how to communicate with seniors, understand age-related illnesses, medications, infection control, environmental safety, transfer skills from bed to wheelchair to walker and more.


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Crossword App Provides Caregiver Stress Relief, Brain Exercise for Senior Cients

For seniors, keeping the mind active is vital to preventing the onset of dementia. And for their caregivers, finding a way to relieve stress is paramount to a healthy lifestyle. The Penny Dell Crosswords app provides free daily crossword puzzles to meet both of these needs.

When users first download the app and open it, they will be taken on a guided tour through the different areas in the app. These include the Daily Puzzle, the Puzzle Library and the Puzzle Store. Caregivers and their senior clients can complete the daily puzzle for free each day.

When users navigate to the Daily Puzzle section, they will see options for level of difficulty. Caregivers can choose between an Easy, Medium or Hard puzzle. Since the app allows users to complete all three levels of difficulty on any given day, there are actually three puzzles available for free each day. 

Once caregivers have selected a puzzle, the app will highlight each row one at a time and display the clue. Users simply need to use the keyboard on their phone to type in the answers. The app will then automatically bring up the clue and number of spaces for the next question. Caregivers can use the arrows on the sides to skip back and forth between clues.


The settings at the top of the app allow caregivers to decide whether or not they'd like the app to highlight incorrect answers. This feature might be helpful because then caregivers and their senior clients will know immediately if they should edit a response before they move onto other clues that share letters with the first response.

Caregivers might enjoy spending half an hour alone in the app, figuring out the clues as a form of stress-relief. This could be a good way to take your mind off the stress of the day and focus on relaxing. For senior clients, it provides a form of exercise for the mind by requiring recall of words and definitions. Caregivers could even team up with their senior clients to work on a crossword puzzle together.

The Penny Dell Crisswords 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

Stress Relief Photo: Calming Shades of Blue in Malta

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 stress relief photo was taken at Comino Island, Malta, near the beautiful Blue Lagoon. 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 Happy Easter, a blessed Passover, and a wonderful week. 


"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."
-Mahatma Gandhi

Sun, Snow and Surf for Caregiver Stress Relief

This week's stress relief photo was taken on the beach of Lake Michigan in Chicago, with a view of Navy Pier. The day brought a stunning combination of snow, sunshine, and magnificent waves crashing on the shore. 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.


"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the 
waters to create many ripples."   -Mother Teresa

Caregivers Keep Up With News, Entertainment Using Podcast App

Senior caregivers often have busy schedules, so it may be difficult to find time to decompress and watch something funny or catch up on the latest news. For those caregivers, podcasts offer a way to listen to the latest while driving, cooking dinner or getting ready for bed. The Breaker app provides podcast recommendations and subscription management for caregivers.

When users first download the app, they need to create an account. Caregivers can choose to attach it to their Facebook or Twitter profile, or use their email address to do so. Then, the app will take them through set-up, which includes following any existing users who users might already know. 

Then the app brings users to the subscription section where they can search and subscribe to their favorite podcasts. When users subscribe to a podcast, then they will receive updates every time a new episode is released.

For caregivers who may not have listened to podcasts before downloading the app, the Discover section will come in handy. This displays some of the more popular podcasts and brief descriptions of them. If caregivers see a podcast they'd like to learn more about on the list, then they can click on the name to read the full description and see the available episode titles. 

Podcasts topics range from in-depth journalism to fiction series to everyday people discussing their passions. Unfortunately, the Breaker app doesn't have an option within the Discover section to sort or browse by topic, or to search by keyword for a topic. However, if caregivers would like to listen to a show on a particular topic, they could search the iTunes Store and then subscribe to it in the app once they've selected a show. 

Caregivers can see all of the shows they've subscribed to on the Subscriptions tab in the app. Here they can see all of the episodes and download them directly in the app if they're connected to wifi.


Caregivers might enjoy selecting a program to listen to with their senior clients, or they might enjoy listening to something funny at the end of a long day for some stress relief. 

The Breaker 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

Stress Relief Photo: Lavender at the Market

It is officially spring and soon the bright colors that accompany it will burst forth. 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 Borough Market in London, England and features lavender and garlic. Lavender is know to be a natural stress reliever, and garlic is also known to have health benefits. Please enjoy and feel free to share the photo and inspirational quote with loved ones. We hope you have a great week.


"Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are." 
-Chinese Proverb

Audiobook App Provides Caregiver Stress Relief

For caregivers, stress relief com an come in many forms. Going for a peaceful walk, doing yoga or taking a nice bath all provide much needed relief. But for caregivers on the go, stress relief could take another form. The Audible app allows caregivers to download audiobooks to listen to in order to relieve stress.

The Audible app requires a monthly membership in order to purchase books. However, caregivers can sign up for a free trial and receive 30 days for free on the platform.

Once caregivers sign up for a free trial, they will have a free credit in their account to purchase an audiobook. Caregivers can search for a specific book by title or author, or they can browse books by categories or in the featured section. Categories to browse include sci-fi & fantasy, romance, history, and business.

When users find a title they'd like to download, they can do so in the app and the free credit will be applied. Then, caregivers can find all of the books they've downloaded in the My Library section of the app. Books can be stored in the cloud, or they can be downloaded on the device for users to listen to. Caregivers can download books to listen to with their senior clients, too.


The Audible 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
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