Caregiver Stress Relief Photo of the Week

Caregivers employed with senior care companies know the realities of caregiver stress. Caregiverlist invites all family caregivers and professional caregivers to take a moment for relaxation with our photo of the week and inspirational quote.  This week take a trip to botanical gardens full of colorful butterflies, to relax and  to breath in fresh air. Thank you for caring for our seniors  and 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. 

Caregiver Stress Relief Photo Pretty Butterfly

"A habit is a shirt made of iron."

Harold Helfer

Caregiver Stress Relief Photo of the Week

Caregivers that care for the elderly know the realities of caregiver stress. Caregiverlist invites all family caregivers, professional caregivers and certified nursing assistants to take a moment for relaxation with our photo of the week and inspirational quote. This week's photo features sunny hills of small Mexican town called Taxco, famous for its silver mines. We would like to thank you for caring for our loved seniors. Remember senior caregivers are needed, please refer-a-friend to apply for part-time and full-time job positions on Caregiverlist.com and visit our Caregiver Career Center for additional career tools. 

 

Caregiverlist Caregiver Stress Relief Photo Mountains

"Anger is a wind which blows out the lamp of the mind."

Robert G. Ingersoll

Caregiver Stress Relief Photo of the Week

Caregivers employed with senior care companies know the realities of caregiver stress. Caregiverlist invites all family caregivers and professional caregivers to take a moment for relaxation with our photo of the week and inspirational quote. Take a moment to look into clear calm waters full of pretty waterlilies. Thank you for caring for our seniors. Remember more caregivers are needed, 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. 

 

"Go the extra mile, it’s never crowded."

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Florence Nightingale: Is She Still Relevant?

Caregiverlist's team celebrated Nurses’ Week recently, a week recognizing the field of nursing which culminated in the birthday of Florence Nightingale.

Every nurse and Certified Nursing Assistant (and almost everyone else in the world) has heard of Florence Nightingale, who established the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery at Kings College London, the first official nurses’ training program, in 1860. The oldest professional nursing school in the UK, it is still in operation today. She also acted as a consultant for the John Hopkins School of Nursing, one of the first nursing institutions in the United States, in 1889.

In honor of Ms. Nightingale and nurses everywhere, I decided to take a look at Notes on Nursing: What it is, and What it is Not, by Florence Nightingale — the first nursing handbook, published in 1898 and made available free online at Project Gutenberg as an ebook and for Kindle.

At a time when two in every five children in London died before their fifth birthday and the average life-expectancy was 47 years, the book was of vital importance and was the first of its kind ever written on the fundamentals of caring for the ill. It elevated the views on nurses and nursing.

If, then, every woman must at some time or other of her life, become a nurse, i.e., have charge of somebody's health, how immense and how valuable would be the produce of her united experience if every woman would think how to nurse.

I do not pretend to teach her how, I ask her to teach herself, and for this purpose I venture to give her some hints.

The table of contents shows the following topics for advice and recommendations:

  • ventilation and warming
  • 
health of houses
  • 
petty management (how things are done by others when you must be away)
  • 
noise

  • variety (environment)

  • taking food
  • 
what food?

  • bed and bedding
  • 
light

  • cleanliness of rooms and walls
  • 
cleanliness (personal)
  • 
chattering hopes and advices (the false assurances and recommendations of family and friends to the sick)

  • observation of the sick


Notes on Nursing proposed that “Of the sufferings of disease, disease not always the cause.” Pure air, pure water, light and ventilation, cleanliness and fresh bedding, all stand the test of time in their assistance with patient care and recovery. She was also one of the first to write about the power of positive thinking.

More interesting to me was the advice indicative of the Victorian age — and that no one before Ms. Nightingale had the temerity to suggest that environmental changes would affect the health and well-being of those in need of care.

She championed the call to abolish slop pails and chamber utensils without lids, sounded the alarm regarding the burning of the crinolines (referring to the large, flammable underskirts all women wore in the name of decency, which would often catch fire,) and the refusal to believe that the extent of a patient’s illness was “in God’s hands.”

Her holistic nursing approach, of course, extended to food served to the sick. Here again, some truths are universal, some selections read like curiosities. Food like beef tea (clear soup?), homemade bread — good. Eggs whipped with wine? Not so much.

Because of its historical importance and ready availability, I urge you to read it yourself. Then let us know in the comments: Is this best considered an interesting read, or do you feel, as Joan Quixley, then head of the Nightingale School of Nursing wrote in her introduction to the 1974 edition, "the book astonishes one with its relevance to modern attitudes and skills in nursing, whether this be practised at home by the 'ordinary woman', in hospital or in the community. The social, economic and professional differences of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in no way hinder the young student or pupil from developing, if he or she is motivated to do so, its unchanged fundamentals by way of intelligent thought and practice."?

One thing is true, then as now — caregiving is a noble calling. If you are considering it as a career choice, or if you are looking to increase your skillset, visit our Caregiver Career Center to get your caregiver certification training, build a resume, or apply for a caregiver job.

Caregiver Background Checks: Laws Vary in Each State - Minnesota "Bans the Box"

Caregiver background checks are the first step in the caregiver hiring process.  But there is much confusion about the types of background checks and the information that is actually included.  The federal government passed legislation to guide employers on background checks as it is important to give criminals a second chance. The legislatures decided 7 years is the amount of time that should pass to have a clean slate and this requirement is part of a law called the FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act).

States, however, can pass their own laws governing background checks for employment.  These state background check laws will trump the federal law (over-ride it).  Some states allow looking back for more than 7 years if an employee will be working with a senior or a child.

Senior caregiver employers must follow the state background check requirements in their state and caregiver job applicants should also be aware of these requirements which you can find in Caregiverlist's Background Check Laws "By-State" section.  Caregivers may also want to purchase their own background check prior to applying to a professional senior care job to verify all of the information.  As a digital life is a reality now, identity theft and fraud have grown at a high rate and it is important to learn to check your information at least annually to be sure there is no inappropriate information attached to your name.  You should also be sure to only purchase a quality caregiver background check.

Minnesota senior caregiver employers now must follow a new law which Governor Mark Dayton just signed into law, nicknamed "Ban the Box".  This law prohibits employers from inquiring about a job applicant's criminal history or conducting a background check until the applicant has been granted an interview or job offer.  This new Minnesota law also requires removing the question of criminal convictions or arrests on initial job applications.  However, senior caregiver employers can still inform applicants that a criminal history could be a disqualifying factor for a particular job.

Minnesota first passed the "ban the box" law in 2009, applying only to public employers (state and local governments).  Minnesota Senate File 523 expands the law to include private employers and takes effect January 1, 2014.

Employers exempt from the law are those serving vulnerable populations and those employers who are not permitted to hire people with a criminal history.  The Minnesota Department of Human Rights is responsible for enforcing the law and employers will be assessed up to $500 per violation.

Caregivers for senior home care agencies, assisted living communities and nursing homes receive all benefits for employees, as required by law, including unemployment insurance, worker's compensation insurance and healthcare benefits. In order to offer these benefits, companies must hire caregivers who are legal to work and who pass criminal background checks.  Purchase a caregiver background check and apply to a senior caregiver job in your area.  You may also learn about caregiver job descriptions and requirements as more people are needed in the senior care field as the number of seniors in America continues to increase rapidly. 

Caregiver Stress Relief Photo of the Week: Sunrise Peaking Behind the Islands

Caregivers employed with senior care companies know the realities of caregiver stress. Caregiverlist invites all family caregivers and professional caregivers to take a moment for relaxation with our photo of the week and inspirational quote. Thank you for caring for our seniors. Remember more caregivers are needed, 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. 

Caregiver Stress Relief Photo with Islands

"Feelings are everywhere, be gentle."

J. Masai

California Association for Health Care Services Home Care Service Award Winner: Andria Harris

Senior caregivers provide one-on-one care services to seniors in their homes and because of this, often do not enjoy the benefits of interacting with their other team members each day.  But top performers are noticed, because senior's provide positive feedback along with Care Managers and friends and family who interact with the senior and caregiver.

California's association for senior home care agencies celebrated a star-performing caregiver last week during their annual conference in Monterey, California.  CAHSAH's 2013 Annual Conference honored Andria Pharris, a professional caregiver employed by Sheridan Care In-Home Health Care.  Caregiverlist was also honored to be able to meet Andria and experience her warmth and sunny outlook on the fulfillment of working as a professional senior caregiver.  

CAHSAH Caregiver of the Year Winner Andria Harris Interview

How many years have you worked as a senior caregiver?  9 years.

What led you to employment in the senior care industry?  I worked in the airline industry and then after my son was born my Mother encouraged me to look into working as a senior caregiver.  I obtained a Certified Nursing Aide certificate and worked at a rehabilitation center in Santa Monica, California.  I then joined the senior home care agency.

What makes you a star-performing caregiver?  I really endorse senior home care because it allows the senior to remain in their own home and open their own refrigerator door, garden in their own yard and just enjoy their own home.  I find it most fulfilling to share in communicating with them and sharing their day with them.  It is a spiritual experience to spend time with my senior clients.  I enjoy setting a positive example for my son.

Congratulations to Andria Harris for also setting an example for all of us in maintaining a positive attitude and giving a winning smile to everyone she meets.

Liz Cantz, senior vice president of marketing for Sheridan Care says, "We are proud of Andria.  She emulates everything a caregiver should be." 

Caregiverlist's community of caregivers also share their caregiving stories about working as a senior caregiver with some of their favorite clients.  If you know anyone who may be interested in working as a professional caregiver, you may refer-a-friend to Caregiverlist and win prizes weekly and monthly.

 Congratulations Andria Harris!

Caregiver Stress Relief Photo of the Week: Beauty from India

Senior caregivers greet each day with new challenges - the one guarantee is that no two days will ever be the same when you are caring for a senior.  Caregiverlist invites professional senior caregivers and family caregivers to take a moment away from the stress of caregiving to enjoy our relaxing photo of the week, of a beautiful scene in India.  Remember, more senior caregivers are needed and if you have taken a break from caregiving and are ready to apply for a part-time or full-time senior caregiving job in your area, you may do so on Caregiverlist.com and you may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly. Caregiverlist's Career Center also provides information about working as a senior caregiver and certified online caregiver training.

 

 

 

 

"In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you."

Deepak Chopra

Caregiver Stress Relief Photo of the Week

Caregivers employed with senior care companies know the realities of caregiver stress. Caregiverlist invites all family caregivers and professional caregivers to take a moment for relaxation with our photo of the week and inspirational quote. Thank you for caring for our seniors. Remember more caregivers are needed, 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. 

 

"There is nothing stronger in the world than gentleness".

-Han Suyin

 

Hilarity for Charity Raises Money for Alzheimer's Disease: April 25th in Los Angeles, California

Hilarity for Charity, presented by GIV Mobile, presents a variety show in Hollywood tomorrow to raise money for the fight against Alzheimer's Disease.  Actors Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller created Hilarity for Charity after being actively involved in the Alzheimer's community, in order to create awareness about the disease among the younger generation.

Part of the National Alzheimer's Association, money raised from this event will be directed towards assisting families struggling with caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease and assist with funding support groups and research for a cure.

Lauren Miller became involved in the fight against Alzheimer's disease after her Mother was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease at age 55.  She learned the challenges of caregiving and communicating how this disease impacts families.

Thursday's event will feature performances and appearances by Garfunkel & Oates, Sadie & The Blue Eyed Devils, Seth Rogen, Bo Burnham, John Mulaney and more.

Hilarity for Charity tickets may be purchased by buying a reserved table or an individual party crasher ticket at HilarityforCharity.com.  You also may make a donation to purchase a Hilarity for Charity Double Bracelet for $38.

Seniors who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease will also need to plan ahead for long-term care needs and understand that Medicare does not pay for long-term care.  The Alzheimer's Association programs are helpful in assisting families to plan for senior care needs.  You can learn about nursing home daily costs nationwide on Caregiverlist.  As more caregivers are needed in the industry, remember that many times only companion caregivers are needed for those with memory loss and this can be fulfilling work for anyone with a caring personality.  Caregiverlist's Career Center connects caregivers with part-time and full-time senior caregiver jobs in their area (all with professional senior care companies).

Caregiver training also assists with learning caregiver skills in order to deliver quality care to seniors and you may also take an online caregiver training course.

And in the meantime, cheers to Hilarity for Charity to adding a laugh to the complexities of dealing with Alzheimer's Disease.

  

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