Delicate Beauty: Stress Relief Photo

This week's stress relief photo was taken in Holland Park in London, England, as the sun was shining on freshly fallen snow. 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.


"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience."  -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Reading App Summarizes Nonfiction Works for Quick Reads for Caregiver Stress Relief

We all use different tactics to relieve stress. For caregivers, exercise, meditation and eating healthy can all contribute to letting go of stress after a long day on the job. Taking time to read can also help reduce stress and relax. However, with their busy lifestyles, caregivers may not have time to sit down and read an entire 300-page book. The Blinkist app takes works of non-fiction and summarizes them down to pieces that only take 15 minutes to read. 

When caregivers first download the app, they need to create an account using either a Facebook login or their e-mail address. Then, they are taken to the home screen of the app which features recommendations. The top shows "Your daily pick" of a book the app thinks you will like. Oddly, during set-up the app doesn't ask for any preferences of the category of a book, so I'm not sure how it determines what your daily pick is. Under that, another section makes recommendations for you. Caregivers can swipe through different curated lists of recommendations on topics such as love, self-improvement, investing, etc. 


Once users find a title that intrigues them, they can click on it for a one-page summary of the summarized book. The summary page offers one or two paragraphs describing what the book is about, and then breaks it down further in a section called, "Who should read this?" This gives caregivers a clear idea about whether or not they'll identify with the author as the intended audience. Another section gives details about the author and their background, so users can better understand their point of view as they read. 

Once caregivers has chosen to read the book, there are actually two ways to read the piece. Users have an option to read the text, or to listen to an audio version. The audio version may be ideal for caregivers on-the-go who would like something to listen to in the car on the way home from work. Caregivers also might be able to find a topic of interest to their senior clients and listen to the audio version together. 

As users swipe through the different pages of the summarized version of the book, they will see a header at the top of each, followed by the text for that category. These show the different themes and topics discussed in each book and presents the most pertinent information to understand the gist of what was written and glean the main takeaways. Of course, these summaries lack the detail found in a 300-page book, but as a substitute, they do offer new insight and understanding. 

When caregivers finish reading a book, it's stored in their library, which can be found by tapping on the middle icon on the bottom bar in the app. Users can also search books by topic by clicking on the file cabinet icon in the upper right corner. Topics include Science, Health & Fitness, Mindfulness & Happiness, Money & Investments, etc. 

The Blinkist app is available for Apple and Android platforms. The download includes a free three-day trial, and after that users can sign up for the subscription service. 

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 View Over the Aegean

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 Santorini, Greece and is one of my favorite places in the world. The views all over the island are breathtaking. Please enjoy and feel free to share the photo and inspirational quote with loved ones. We hope you have a great week.


"Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises." -Demothenes

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 Caregiverlist.com 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

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