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

Caregiver Stress Relief: Walk Along the Green River

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 features a very festive green Chicago River, dyed for St. Patrick's Day.  It is a fun tradition every year in Chicago. 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.


"May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night, 
and the road downhill all the way to your door."  -Irish Blessing

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

Bright New Horizons: Stress Relief Photo

Happy 2017! It is time for the hopes and resolutions that come with each January. 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 on North Avenue Beach in Chicago as a new day dawns. Please enjoy and feel free to share the photo and inspirational quote with loved ones. We wish you a joyous and healthy new year! 


"Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, 
and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties."  -Helen Keller

Autumn Gold: Stress Relief Photo

We were lucky to have enjoyed a long and warm autumn here in Chicago. This week's stress relief photo was taken in in the late afternoon in Grant Park, in the heart of the city. We invite you to take a moment to enjoy the photo and the inspirational quote and feel free to share them with loved ones. 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. We hope you have a great week, safe travels, and a very Happy Thanksgiving.


"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace." 
-Jimi Hendrix

Caregiver Stress Relief: September Dawn

Daybreak is a magical time, and something we don't always get to enjoy. This week's stress relief photo was taken at dawn on North Avenue Beach in Chicago. 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 are able to relax and enjoy this holiday weekend. Have a great week.


"It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom." 
-Aristotle

Stress Relief Photo: Sailing in the Sunshine

It is the height of summer, when we embrace the time we can spend outside in the sunshine. This week's photo was taken at the lakefront in Chicago, Illinois. We invite you to take a moment to relax and enjoy the photo and inspirational quote and share them with loved ones. 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. 


"A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."  -English Proverb

Bright and Bold in Chicago: Caregiver Stress Relief

We hope your summer is off to a good start and you are able to enjoy some time in the sunshine. This week's stress relief photo was taken along Michigan Avenue 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. 


"Insist on yourself; never imitate....Every great man is unique."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bright New Day: Caregiver Stress Relief

The beginning of the new year is a time of hope and promise. We hope yours if off to a good start. We invite you to take a moment to relax and enjoy this week's stress relief photo and inspirational quote and share them with loved ones. This week's photo was taken in Chicago, Illinois, at the dawn of a beautiful day. 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. Have a great week.


"You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream." -C.S. Lewis


Chicago Approves Minimum Wage Hike

The Chicago City Council resoundingly agreed, by a vote of 44-5, to raise Chicago’s minimum wage to $13 and hour by mid 2019. it’s estimated that the wage increase would affect 410,000 workers, or nearly one-third of all Chicagoans.

Currently, Chicago’s minimum wage is $8.25. Under the proposal, the minimum wage would increase to $10 next July and rise incrementally each summer until 2019. But according to the bill, the increase is long overdue. "...rising inflation has outpaced the growth in the minimum wage, leaving the true value of lllinois' current minimum wage of $8.25 per hour 32 percent below the 1968 level of $10.71 per hour (in 2013 dollars)."

With this bill, Chicago joins the current trend of a metropolitan area having a separate minimum wage from the rest of its state. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order on Tuesday to raise the minimum hourly wage by more than a dollar to $13.13. The mayor said his plans are to increase the minimum hourly rate to $15.22 by 2019. Currently, the New York state minimum wage is $8 an hour.

In San Francisco, voters approved a rise to a $15 minimum wage in 2018. The state legislature, however, is just now proposing a hike in the state minimum wage to $11 an hour in 2016 and to $13 in 2017. And on On June 2, 2014, the City Council of Seattle, WA passed a local ordinance to increase the minimum wage of the city to $15 an hour by 2017, giving it the highest minimum wage in the United States.

Some Chicago aldermen like Tom Tunney (44th) argued Wednesday in the special City Council meeting that the wage increase would have adverse consequences by driving away businesses to other parts of the state or force companies to pass those bottom-line increases to the consumer.

There’s also talk that Chicago’s minimum wage hike has more to do with Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s upcoming reelection than with concern for a living wage for Chicago’s workers. Not surprisingly, mayoral challengers 2nd Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti and Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia are are critical that the Mayor Emanuel’s proposal doesn’t go far enough, saying they would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

But it has had the effect of sending state legislature scrambling for a state-wide referendum that would raise the state's minimum wage to $9 an hour July 1. The rate would increase by 50 cents an hour each year until 2019, when the wage would reach $11 an hour.

Senior care agencies already pay more than minimum wage and the average caregiver hourly wage is 38% above national minimum wage, but there’s no doubt that new minimum wage proposals would affect caregiver wages. The question is, will costs be passed on to seniors and their families? Will higher wages in cities drive senior care company growth in suburban and rural areas? There’s no doubt that the cost of living is higher in major metropolitan areas, but will the cost of doing business become too high? I look forward to reading your comments.

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