App Teaches Meditation for Caregivers in Time for New Year's Resolutions

Meditation offers a great way to relieve stress and take some time alone to decompress from the trials of daily life. Especially for caregivers, whose work often involves high levels of stress, finding a way to effectively relieve stress is crucial to long-term health and well-being. The Calm app offers caregivers a way to relax, focus and sleep better through guided meditation. 

When users first download the app, they need to create an account and then the app takes them to a home screen. Caregivers will see that a "Daily Calm" meditation is featured prominently on this screen, but when they click on it, they will find that portion of the app requires a paid subscription. Fret not, for the other areas of the app are free and available to use. 

The three options at the bottom of the screen are Beathe, Meditate and Sleep. Caregivers who have never tried meditation before should probably start by clicking Meditate, and then selecting 7 Days of Calm from the menu that appears. The first program in this set is the Basics of Meditation, so those new to the practice can get a complete overview. 

Once users begin a program, a peaceful nature scene will appear on your phone screen with some background nature noises while a woman's voice comes on to explain meditation and the practice. The woman on the app takes users through how to effectively breathe for meditation. Once caregivers understand how to do this, they can take advantage of the Breathe function within the app at any time. 

The Breathe function offers a visual tool to assist caregivers when breathing for meditation purposes. As users breathe, a small dot moves around a circle indicating when to breathe in, hold the breath and then breathe out. The circle also expands upon inhale and skrinks back to the initial size upon exhale. Caregivers can use this function whenever they have a few minutes of downtime and would like to calm themselves. 

The other main area of the app offers assistance falling into a natural sleep. Users can click the Sleep button from the home screen and then choose a sleep story. Remember when you were a kid and you loved having a someone read to you before bed? These stories offer meditation and a story read aloud to help adults fall asleep. Caregivers might also find this useful for senior clients who have difficulty sleeping through the night. 

The Calm 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

Illinois Nursing Home Costs and Star Ratings Updated

Illinois is known as the Prairie State, Land of Lincoln and home to Chicago, the Windy City (also home to Caregiverlist® headquarters.) If you are a senior, you can expect to pay an average of $5,050 per month for a share room in an Illinois nursing home, while the average monthly private room cost is $6,326. Illinois is the 15th least expensive state in Caregiverlist’s® national nursing home cost database, with a shared room rate of $166 per day and has an average star rating of 2.6 out of 5.

Senior care planning includes understanding costs of nursing homes, along with their overall ratings. Caregiverlist® updates our nursing home cost database so seniors and their families can get an idea of long-term care costs in their area.

Below is a snapshot of Illinois nursing home costs and ratings: December, 2016

Caregiverlist® Illinois Nursing Home Rating and Cost Index
Total Number of Nursing Homes: 823
Average Cost of Private Room for Illinois: $208
Average Cost of Shared Room for Illinois: $166
Average Star-Rating: 2.6

Illinois Nursing Home Star-Rating Results
5-Star: 29
4-Star: 202
3-Star: 378
2-Star: 146
1-Star: 68

You can also see how Illinois rates compare to neighboring states in our Illinois Nursing Home Cost Infographic for December 2016.

Which is the highest rated nursing home in Illinois? The Illinois nursing home with the highest Caregiverlist® Nursing Home Rating for which we have a daily cost is Tabor Hills Health Care in Naperville, Illinois. While its shared room daily price of $258 is higher than the average price of $166 for a semi-private nursing home room in Illinois, it’s 4.8 star rating is significantly higher than the state average of 2.6.

Most people don’t know how much nursing home care costs and few people think of the cost of care until it’s too late to plan. Caregiverlist® can provide a care plan to find senior care options in Illinois 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. I

Illinois Nursing Home Cost Infographic for December 2016

Caregiverlist® has released the updated daily costs of nursing homes in Illinois for December 2016. The 823 nursing homes have an average cost of $166 per day for a semi-private room and have an average Caregiverlist® Star Rating of 2.6 out of 5 stars. Illinois' neighboring state of Wisconsin is the most expensive in the area, with an average daily nursing home cost of $212, while Missouri's nursing homes have the least expensive nursing homes in the area at $126 per day for a shared room.

Festive Lights: Stress Relief Photo

Winter has finally arrived for many of us and we hope you are keeping safe and warm. We also hope you are enjoying the festive holiday season and are able to spend time with family and friends. 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 in Winchester, England. Please enjoy and feel free to share the photo and inspirational quote with loved ones. We hope you have a great week.


"The earth has music for those who listen."  -William Shakespeare

Caregivers Use App to Break Spending Habits in Time for 2017

Finding room in a monthly budget for something extra can be difficult, especially for caregivers who may not make as much as they'd like. But, what if you'd like to establish an emergency fund or need some extra cash for a car payment? The Priority app helps caregivers identify spending habits and decide what they can cut out to save cash for a long-term goal. 

When caregivers first download the app, it greets them with a screen asking for three words or less about something they really want. This could be something more general, like an emergency fund, or something very specific, such as a new TV. Users then need to enter the estimated amount of that item. 

The next screen pops up and asks caregivers to consider what they'd be willing to give up to get that item. The example presented by the app is an afternoon cup of coffee, which could run the typical person anywhere from $2 - $4, depending on the location and order. Think about your daily or weekly routine and consider the little purchases you make on a frequent basis. What can be eliminated that you might not miss much in order to save for a larger goal? 

After users decide what they'd be willing to give up, the app asks for an approximate dollar amount and frequency of spending per day or per week. Then the app determines how long it would take for the user to reach their end goal based on the amount saved per week. 

For the sake of example, in this scenario, the user would give up a morning coffee run at $4 a cup five times per week. They are saving for an emergency fund, which they would like to build up to $1,000. According to the app, it would take 250 weeks at $4 per week to reach that goal. 


As caregivers begin to skip their old habit of spending money, they can enter the app and log it on a daily basis. As users log skipped purchases, the app updates their total "Skip amount" as well as the number of skips needed to meet their ultimate goal. Users can update the details of their goal at any time, and see any completed goals or user stats in the main menu. 

The Priority 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

Calm on the Sound: Stress Relief Photo

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 sunny early winter view of the Long Island Sound was taken at Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford, Connecticut. 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.


"We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give."  
-Winston Churchill

Diabetes Management App Assists Caregivers in Working With Senior Clients

Diabetes can be difficult to manage, especially upon initial diagnosis. For many people, managing diabetes requires not only following instructions from doctors, but also learning how their own bodies respond to a specific diet or doses of insulin. To help make this learning process easier, the One Drop app gives senior caregivers a place to keep daily records of their diabetes management. 

When users first download the app, they need to create a new profile. After inputting their e-mail and creating a password, the app asks what type of diabetes the user is diagnosed with. Options include Type 1, Type 2, Pre-Diabetes, Gestational and others. After answering this question, profile set-up is complete and users are taken to the home screen. 

The main focus of the app is centered around the button in the center bottom of the screen to log different activities. Users can add a record when they check their blood sugar, take a medication, eat something or exercise. All of these factors affect blood sugar levels, which is key in managing diabetes. 

When users record their blood sugar, they can use a slider on a circle at the top to enter the exact number, and then complete optional fields below such as, "How are you feeling?" Under this topic, caregivers can adjust additional sliders to indicate the level of stress, energy, happiness and confidence that their senior client is experiencing at the time of the reading. Other optional fields include photo, tags, notes or a protip. These fields call for a typed entry, so caregivers can enter whatever information will be most useful and leave the rest blank. 


The other fields to log information follow simple formats to the Glucose level entry. For the field to log foods, caregivers can enter either an amount for carbs in grams, or search for a specific food to log from the in-app library. Caregivers can track the information most pertinent to their senior clients, which could be particularly useful for someone newly diagnosed trying to figure out what affects their blood sugars the most. For example, tracking Carbs for a week and following it up by checking Blood Sugars twenty minutes later could offer insight into how your senior client is affected by certain foods. 

One other area of the app tries to create a sense of community by sharing other user's readings. No identifying information is available beyond initials and location to maintain privacy, but users can check the feed to see what other users are sharing and leave encouragement by liking the record or leaving a sticker on it. 

The One Drop 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: Time to Give Thanks

We hope you were able to enjoy a happy and restful Thanksgiving holiday. One of the many things to be thankful for is the amazing natural beauty all around us. This week's stress relief photo was taken at the Greenmarket in Chicago, Illinois. 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.


"Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see." 
 -Mark Twain

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