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

Indiana Nursing Home Cost Infographic for January 2017

Caregiverlist® has released the January 2017 daily costs of nursing homes in Indiana. The 558 Indiana nursing homes have an average cost of $180 per day, or $67,500 per year for a semi-private room. They have an average Caregiverlist® Star Rating of 2.6 out of 5 stars. Indiana's nursing home rates are among the lowest in the area; only Illinois' nursing home averages are lower at $166 per day. Michigan's nursing homes are the priciest in the area with an average cost of $229 per day for a semi-private room.

Winter Walk in the Garden: Stress Relief Photo

There is a certain beautiful calm after a snowfall. 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 Hyde Park, London, England. 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.


"To the world you are one person, but to one person you could be the world."
-Albert Einstein

Caregivers Clean Up Inbox Using Email Organizing App

Over time it's easy to become sick of the barrage of emails cluttering up your inbox, and needing to unsubscribe from a new list every time you buy something off the internet. Sometimes, you might be on the mailing list for companies like Caregiverlist whose e-mails you care about, but don't want to read individually. The Unroll.me app takes the work out of checking emails by allowing caregivers to unsubscribe from unwanted lists and organize their inboxes to get pertinent information in one daily digest. 

When users first open the app, it asks them to log in using their e-mail provider for the account they'd like to manage. Once the app has access to your account, it shows a small tutorial for how to categorize e-mails. Swiping left will unsubscribe you from that particular list, swiping up puts that e-mail into your Daily Digest, and swiping right keeps your subscription as-is. 

Then the app pops up with a notification letting caregivers know how many lists they're subscribed to. The number may surprise you, as it could easily be over 100 subscriptions. Then the app proceeds to pull up individual previews of each unread email in your inbox. This gives caregivers the ability to categorize each one as they go through. 


Caregivers may want to keep any e-mail subscriptions from the industry and roll them up into their daily digest, but unsubscribe from the mailing list of online retailers who they only made a one-time purchase from. However, for personal email addresses or those of your employer, family of senior clients, etc., you may want to maintain individual communication so you never miss an important message. If you roll these into your daily digest, it could mean you won't see a request immediately. 

Once caregivers finish sorting through all of their emails, they can go to the upper right corner and click on the newsletter icon to be taken to their daily digest. The digest won't appear on the first day after users initially sort their emails, but moving forward users can see the daily digest here. Also, users have the option as time passes to go back and look at their daily digests from previous days. 

The Unroll.me 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

Michigan Nursing Home Costs and Star Ratings Updated

Michigan, the “Wolverine State”, has the longest freshwater shoreline in the world along Lake Michigan. Michigan ranks 15th most expensive in Caregiverlist®’s national nursing home cost database, with an average room rate of $229 per day for a shared room, or about $83,500 annually.

According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the state’s population in 2015 was 9,922,576. Of that, 1,570,671 or 15.83% of the entire population of Michigan was 65 years or older. AARP reports that most nursing home residents are elderly: 88% of nursing home residents are 65 or older, and 45% are 85 or older. Most seniors find themselves in nursing homes after a hospital stay, mainly for rehabilitation services. However, some seniors will find that a longer nursing home stay is needed and, once Medicare’s initial 100 paid days are complete, that nursing home care will have to be private pay.

Michigan senior care planning includes understanding costs of nursing homes in the chosen area, along with their overall ratings. 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.

Long-term senior care costs are among our readers’ top concerns. Because of that, Caregiverlist® constantly updates our nursing home cost database and have released the latest costs and ratings for Michigan nursing homes.

Below is a snapshot of Michigan nursing home costs and ratings. You can also see Caregiverlist’s® at-a-glance Infographic for Michigan Nursing Home Costs for January 2017 here.

Total Number of Nursing Homes: 455
Average Single Price: $256
Average Double Price: $229
Average Rating: 3.0 (out of 5)

Star Rating Snapshot:
5-Star: 36
4-Star: 186
3-Star: 189
2-Star: 20
1-Star: 24

The Michigan nursing home with the highest Caregiverlist® Nursing Home Rating is Eaton County Health And Rehabilitation Services in Charlotte, MI with a perfect 5 stars (out of 5) across all five categories. This facility has 142 rooms and its single-room cost, $225, is around 12% lower than the average price of a single nursing home room in Michigan. A shared room at the facility costs $220 per day, or 4.27% lower than the average double price of $229 in the state.

In-home caregiving is an alternative to institutional care If around-the-clock care is not needed. Deborah Moerland, FirstLight Home Care owner in Okemos, MI says, “Being at home is a much more comfortable place for most people. They are familiar with their surroundings and they have a much higher morale when staying in their own home. It is also much more affordable than other options. Home care also allows people to remain independent and maintain a higher quality of life.”

Caregiverlist® can provide a care plan to find senior home care agency options in Michigan 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.

Michigan Nursing Home Cost Infographic for January 2017

Caregiverlist® has released the updated daily costs of nursing homes in Michigan for January 2017. The 455 nursing homes have an average cost of $229 per day for a semi-private room and have an average Caregiverlist® Star Rating of 3 out of 5 stars. Michigan's nursing home rates are the highest in the area. Wisconsin comes in second with $212, and Indiana has the least costliest nursing home rates in the area, with $164 per day for a semi-private room.

Stress Relief Photo: In the Foggy Forest

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. On this day we honor Martin Luther King, Jr, and I have chosen this week's quote in his memory. This week's stress relief photo was taken while hiking in Manchester, Connecticut. I was struck by the fresh green tree in the mist. We invite you to take a moment to enjoy the photo and the inspirational quote and feel free to share them with loved ones. We hope you have a great week.


"The time is always right to do what is right."  -Martin Luther King, Jr.



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