Stress Relief Photo: Daybreak in Switzerland

This week's stress relief photo was taken at dawn at the lake in Zurich, Switzerland. The first light of day breaking behind the Alps is a beautiful sight. 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.


"Be still like a mountain, and flow like a great river."
-Lao Tse Tung

GasBuddy App Provides Cost Comparison For Caregivers

For senior caregivers on a tight budget, saving money wherever possible can make a big difference. Some monthly costs may be fixed, but others costs, like gas, change month to month. Caregivers can find the best local deals on gas using the GasBuddy app to save money.

When caregivers first download the GasBuddy app, they have the option of creating an account or simply skipping that step to use the app without an account. Either way, users are shown a home dashboard with information such as GasBuddy news, the range of local prices for gas, the best deal, etc.

The top button on the home screen says, "Find Gas Near You." If caregivers click on this button, it will take them to a search page to enter criteria. The app will default to use the caregiver's current location based on their phone's GPS, should the user allow it to access their location. 


The default display is locations within a mile of the caregiver, and it relies on user-submitted information to pull all of the prices. Additional filtering options are available, such as fuel type, brands and amenities. When a caregiver visits a gas station, they can also verify that the price listed in the app is correct, or mark it as incorrect.

The app also features an area to enter to win $100 in free gas by doing various activities, such as reporting a gas price or completing your profile. The wallet area of the app also provides caregivers with the ability to link their checking account to the app and pay with their debit card at the pump to receive discounts. The news area of the app includes important location-based updates, such as access to fuel during natural disasters like Hurricane Irma.

The GasBuddy 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

Stroke Caregiver Training for Senior Caregivers

Strokes are the #1 cause of long-term disability for America's seniors. At the same time, the window of time for recovery to regain physical abilities and mental abilities after a stroke has impacted your left or right brain, is the first 6 months after suffering the stroke. As the caregiving needed for senior's who are recovering from a stroke is immediate, professional caregivers can be prepared by obtaining stroke caregiver training

Senior care companies can train their entire caregiving staff with training bundles through Caregiver Training University and include stroke training in their course library.

Learn more about caregiving for stroke by taking an online professional caregiver training course.

Insurance App Provides Caregivers Deals, Peace of Mind

For caregivers, a busy schedule and a stressful job can leave little time and energy for personal tasks. It can be time-consuming to do something like search for the best deal on insurance. The Cover app can help caregivers find a good deal and easily compare providers for several different kinds of insurance. 

When users first download the Cover app, they need to create an account and verify their phone number by entering a code sent to them in a text message. Then they are taken to a home screen with an option to either search for new coverage or compare existing coverage to the offers in the app.

If users choose to compare their existing coverage to the offers in the app, they need to enter more identifying information, such as their address, type of insurance, plan ID information and a signed authorization for the app to access information provided by their existing insurance company.

If caregivers would like to search for new insurance in the app, there are several options. These include car, home, renters, pet, jewelrey, Apple Watch and more. When users select one of these, they have the option to scan their drivers license into the app the auto fill much of the pertinent information. 



Once users scan their drivers license, the app presents some simple questions to identify the level of coverage needed. For example, for renters insurance they ask for the number of units in the building, the number of people who live in your unit, etc. It asks you to take photos of the most valuable stuff to help assess the level of coverage needed as well. The app then requests quotes from the companies with works with and alerts users when their quotes are available to review.

Another feature of the app allows caregivers to set alerts for price drop opportunities. Especially for caregivers who may have tight budgets, this feature will be particularly useful over time. The app can also searche the terms of your existing credit cards for coverage for services like renting a car.

 The Cover 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

Stress Relief Photo: Market in Bloom

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 summer flowers was taken at the Greenmarket in Lincoln Park in Chicago, Illinois. 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 enjoyed a happy holiday weekend and have a great week ahead. 


"Let yourself be silently drawn by the beauty of what you love."  -Rumi

Blue Plates Deliver Better Appetites for Senior’s with Memory Loss

Senior caregivers can now use an easy method to assist the seniors they are caring for to eat more. Just switch to a blue plate. Remember the Blue Plate Special? This was a term used by restaurants to showcase a discounted meal special that would change each day. Research conducted by multiple studies, as well as at nursing homes, have resulted in the discovery that seniors will eat anywhere from 20% to 35% more food when their meal is served on a blue plate.


What do you think? Which plate for this meal appeals to your appetite more? We have to say the blue plate wins for us - just don't tell our Grandma her china didn't win!

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Caregiverlist's Caregiver Training courses include this type of information with real tips and tools, keeping up with the latest research, to assist caregivers and senior care companies to deliver the highest possible quality of care. Senior Care Companies needing to train their staff can enroll caregivers in Caregiver Training University courses and know they will receive modern and up-to-date training.

This month (August, 2017) Le Creuset is offering their 12-inch blue plates at 50% off. Just a bit brighter perhaps than French blue and perfect for showcasing food effectively. You can start testing out the blue plate concept with a senior you care for by purchasing the nice plastic-ware plates from Amazon or a discount store near you ($3 to $5 for several plates).

Besides blue being a pleasing color, here are some of the facts behind why this concept seems to work for increasing calorie consumption at meal time for seniors.

  • Visual Understanding Increases (No Design Competition)
  • Seeing Food Clearly Stimulates Appetite
  • Simplicity of Colors Makes Food Served Standout Better
  • As There is No Blue Food, Makes it Easy to See Food Separate from Plate
  • Blue Serves as Relaxing and Familiar Color 
Weight loss impacts nearly half of seniors with Alzheimer’s disease. Any efforts a caregiver can make to assist the senior to increase consumption of healthy food will help with their overall health and happiness, even as they are losing their memory capabilities. The comfort of  consuming a delicious and nutritious meal always brings joy, even for those with memory loss. The blue plates help them to realize it is meal time.

Blue, yellow, lime and red are also colors researches have experimented with and because food groups will contrast with the plate, it helps the senior to focus on the food and eating. Perhaps think about testing out brightly colored tablecloths as another option.


Remember, too, that this follows with drinking liquids. White milk in a white cup is hard to see and so is black coffee in a dark colored mug such as navy or dark brown or black. Remember that making the food and drink visually stimulating will continue to be important throughout the aging process.


Proper nutrition is important at all ages, but especially for seniors who are challenged by medical issues.


Bring in the blue plate and see if it helps at meal time.


Caregivers may obtain online caregiver training which will include these ready-to-implement tips and more at CaregiverTrainingUniversity.com or give us a call at 312-669-8820.




Language App Teaches Caregivers Basics of Other Languages to Communicate With Senior Clients

For senior caregivers whose senior clients speak English as a second language, communication might be difficult. Sometimes, it might be easiest to try to communicate in their first language, whether that be Spanish, French or something different. The busuu app gives caregivers the ability to learn another language for basic communication.

When users first open the busuu app, they are given a list of languages to choose from. These include English, French, Spanish, German, Polish and more. Once users select the language they're interested in learning, they are taken to the home screen for that language. 


The first lesson is on how to greet people in that language. The lesson includes a series of phrases, such as Hello, Good Morning and Good Evening, with accompany text and audio of how to say that phrase in the chose language. Users can listen to the audio and repeat the phrase to practice. Then, as the move through the program, the app will toss in occasssional quizzes on prior phrases to help make sure you are retaining the information.

Once caregivers complete the lesson, they can take the brief quiz to verify that they've learned the words. Once they score well on the quiz, they can move onto the next lesson. Lessons 2, 3 and 4 focus on about me, conversations and appearances. These are all little things caregivers can use to interact with their senior clients and give them a sense of familiarity in their first language. If a senior client doesn't speak English, they may also be interested in learning the basics to keep their minds active. 

After caregivers complete lessons, they can see all of the words and phrases they've learned on the Review section of the app at any time. Users can also use the social section of the app to review works from users worldwide and correct mistakes.

The busuu 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

TimeTree App Allows Caregivers, Senior Clients to Easily Manage Schedules

Senior caregivers may find it difficult at times to remember everything going on with their senior clients. From doctor's appointments to family visits to coordinating work schedules, it's easy for the dates and times to blur together. Coordinating with the senior client's family also requires effective communication. The TimeTree app gives caregivers the ability to easily create and share calendars with other people.

When users first download the TimeTree app, they need to create an account by creating an initial calendar. This can be for general events or for something specific, like doctor's appointments. Caregivers also need to select a color to easily color code the events associated with that calendar.

Once they've done that, caregivers can invite others to collaborate on the calendar with them. This is ideal for those who work closely with senior clients' families to coordinate events and work schedules. Family members can also go in and keep any doctor's visits and other appointments up to date. The invite to use the calendar will be sent to them directly via email.

Once caregivers reach the home screen, they can add an event to the calendar by clicking the giant plus sign on the bottom center of the screen. Users can then fill in the requested information, including event title, date, time, notification time and more. The notification will remind caregivers of the event, and they can pick how far in advance. The default is 15 minutes, but caregivers may want to change it to an hour in advance to allow plenty of time to get where they need to be.


There are two calendar views available. Caregivers can view the entire month at a glance or pull up events in a detailed list organized from events happening soon to those happening farther out. If caregivers have multiple calendars, they can switch between them on the left panel in the app. Caregivers may find this particularly useful if they want to keep a shared calendar for their senior clients and a personal calendar for their own schedule outside of work.

The TimeTree 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 Registry California for Professional Home Care Aides

California's caregiver registry was created as part of the Assembly Bill 1217 (AB1217) Consumer Protection Act requiring senior home care agency's to be licensed by the state and all professional caregivers working in homes to meet minimum requirements.

Caregivers must complete a training course that includes 2 hours of Orientation training, 3 hours of Safety Training and 5 hours of Core Competency caregiving skills training for a total of 10 hours of training in their first year. Then each following year caregivers must complete 5 hours of renewal training on core competency skills. Here is the California caregiver training course information.

The California Department of Social Services manages the licensing process and the Caregiver Registry.

California caregivers must pass a background check clearance and requires a signed declaration under penalty of perjury regarding any prior criminal convictions and to confirm they are free of active tuberculosis.

California Home Care Aides are also required to have a valid driver's license or state issued I.D. or a valid Alien Registration Card. Fingerprinting is part of the background check program to confirm a caregiver is the person they say they are and prevent identity theft fraud.

The California State Department of Social Services manages the California Home Care Aide Registry.

Become a California Caregiver by taking an online caregiver training course and submit your job application to be considered by a senior care company near your California town.

Join the P.A.C. to receive caregiver training, t-shirt and lapel pin to meet state training requirements.

Afternoon Cruise in Venice: Stress Relief Photo

Summer is fading, and the the pace of our lives will pick up again soon. 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 in the unique and wonderful city of Venice, Italy. 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 an enjoyable and relaxing Labor Day weekend. 


"If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever."
-Thomas Aquinas
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