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.


Certified Caregiver Training: Caregiver Certification Training Requirements

Certification for senior caregivers means a caregiver has been trained on the basic caregiving skills and passed a competency exam to verify they completed the course work.  Many skills must be mastered in order to deliver quality caregiving to a senior who may have challenges with mobility and memory, in addition to dealing with age-related illnesses.

Senior care companies nationwide, as part of the National Private Duty Association, now renamed the Home Care Association of America, came together to establish basic training skills for professional caregivers.  The state of Illinois adopted these basic training requirements as part of licensing requirements for senior home care agencies in 2008.  Most states do not have formal training requirements but suggest basic training skills be provided at orientation for new caregivers.  New Jersey and Florida do have training requirements for home health aides.

Family caregivers, along with professional caregivers who would like to formerly begin a caregiving career may now take these industry established basic caregiver training through an online course to be certified.  Senior care companies continue to seek high quality caregivers to fill ongoing part-time and full-time jobs and access Caregiverlist's proprietary hiring system to hire each week.  You may apply to a professional caregiving job on Caregiverlist and be considered for multiple openings in your area.



Caregiving Jobs: A Career Path

Caregivers are a special breed. The work is hard, the hours are long, and the pay is usually minimum wage. The job is demanding and can be underappreciated. However, no one questions that the job of the caregiver is vital and the industry is growing at an exponential rate. The need for quality caregivers grows every day.

In-home caregivers directly affect the well being of others like few other professions. The bond between a senior and caregiver is akin to a familial relationship. This relationship is a growing trend as our population ages and the elderly look more to aging at home as opposed to a nursing home.

Many senior caregivers come to the profession by way of family caregiving. Some start their caregiving career as home companions, Personal Care Aides and  and Home Care Aides. The best way to get started on a professional caregiving career path is to work with a quality Senior Home Care Agency;  great agencies will provide additional training, support and benefits.

A lot of caregivers move on to become Home Health Aides and Certified Nursing Aides (CNAs) and work with Home Health Agencies. Certification requirements vary from state to state, but the federal government requires 75 hours of training, as well as a competency evaluation.

Some elder care workers go on to open their own Home Care Agency, as Caregiverlist’s own CEO Julie Northcutt did. There are choices to make: will you open a medical or non-medical homecare agency? Does it make sense to purchase an existing franchise or start an agency of your own? Of course, you will need to file for licenses and permits with your state’s governing agency. Many can send you a packet of information on how to get the process started. Of course, if you want to become a quality Senior Home Care Agency, Caregiverlist provides a very specific checklist outlining standards for safety and consistency in care.

Our recent Senior Caregiver Pay blog post received a lot of comments, most of them decrying the state of wages caregivers receive. We hear you. Rest assured that we are committed to caregiver advocacy and are hard at work developing affordable online caregiver training and certification that you can take at your own pace to make you a more attractive employment candidate to Home Care Agencies. Hopefully, Caregiverlist Certification will broaden your skill set and enable you to command a higher hourly rate.

The senior citizen population is on the rise and caregiving as a profession, need and concern is not going away anytime soon. Finding and properly compensating quality in-home caregivers is finally getting the national attention it deserves.  

Caregiver Training: Online Training for Professional Senior Caregivers

Caregiver training requirements vary in each state in the U.S.A. but look for more states to pass legislation requiring specific training and mandating training programs to be passed before working as a professional senior caregiver.  This is because senior care truly does require many skills and this includes understanding how to safely monitor medications, manage nutrition and physical and mental exercise.  As elder abuse can also be an issue, professional caregivers are trained to monitor for signs of abuse (remember, the #1 type of elder abuse is financial).

Illinois caregivers must now complete a training program to learn the basic senior care skills and this training can now be obtained online through a 10-hour training course.  More than 33 states require some type of training with Florida and New Jersey leading the way for home health aide certification training.

Caregiver training courses include the following skills, for basic professional caregiving job duties:

  • Duties of a Caregiver
  • Communication with Others
  • Observation, Reporting and Recording
  • Providing Personal Care
  • Promoting and Maintaining Good Mobility
  • Elimination and Toileting
  • Infection Control
  • Environmental Hazards and Safety
  • Basic First Aid
  • Understanding Elder Abuse

Certified caregiver training can be purchased through an online caregiver training course which caregivers may take at their own pace.  Once caregivers pass the course at 80%, they will be certified and may explore additional training programs for memory loss and consider becoming a Certified Nursing Aide.  C.N.A. programs are administered in all states of the U.S.A. and require working in the field and passing the state C.N.A. exam.  Take a sample C.N.A. test to learn more about certified nursing assistant training in the Caregiverlist C.N.A. School Directory.




GlaxoSmithKline Pays Settlement for Diabetic Drug Which Increased Heart Attacks

GlaxoSmithKline settled allegations against them by 37 states and the District of Columbia for not fully disclosing side effects of the diabetic drug Avandia.

The Senate Finance Committe issued a report in February, 2010, cliaming the Avandia drug was linked with tens of thousands of heart attacks and that GlaxoSmithKline knew of this risk for years but did not disclose the information.  The U.S. government, through Medicare and Medicaid medical insurance, does pay for medical care and experiences an increase in costs when drugs such as Avandia cause additional medical problems.

GlaxoSmithKline has agreed to pay $90 million to be divided among the 37 states and D.C.  The Cleveland Clinic has been one of the harshest critics of the drug and Dr. Steven Nissen, of Cleveland Clinic stated:  "this was a very sad saga in American medical history."  Dr. Nissen published a study in the New England Journal of Medicine that found a 43% increase in the risk of a heart attack in patients taking this diabetes drug.

State attorney generals hope that this judgement against GlaxoSmithKline will help make drug companies more responsible in the future to be mindful of perhaps promoting all feature of a drug instead of just focusing on profits.  States receiving the $90 million aer:  Arizona, Florida, illinois, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and D.C.

Seniors often take a long list of medications and this is a reminder of the  importance of understanding all of the side effects of a medication along with monitoring how one drug may impact another.  Senior caregivers can organize a senior's list of medications and ask their pharmacist to examine them to make sure they are compatible.

As seniors often go to different specialty doctors for medical care, the pharmacist is the best person for monitoring that all medications go together as many times medical doctors are so busy they do not have time to adequately analyze all of the medications and sometimes are not savvy about the side effects of medications that they do not prescribe.

Caregiver training for senior caregivers includes understanding how to effectively monitor medications and side effects of medications.  The Caregiverlist Certified Caregiver training offers a 10-hour online training coures meeting industry standards for caregiving skills.


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Free CNA Training: Find Free CNA Training Programs

Senior caregivers may work as companion caregivers or become certified as a nursing assistant or nursing aide.  Additional certification as a home health aide is offered in a few states such as New Jersey and Florida. 

Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant requires attending a state-approved C.N.A. course which is usually offered by community colleges and some high schools and technical colleges also offer C.N.A. classes.  However, now many senior care nursing homes also offer C.N.A. courses and will even provide them for free as long as you work for their facility as a C.N.A. for a certain amount of time upon completion of your certificate.

Remember, C.N.A.'s must pass the state C.N.A. exam to become officially certified.  You may review a free Sample C.N.A. Exam and a Practice C.N.A. Exam if you are thinkingn of becoming a C.N.A.  Ongoing job opportunities will be available to certified nursing assistants as the senior population in the U.S. lives longer, with the assistance of advancement in medical technology, but also requires personal caregiving.

How do you find free C.N.A. training courses near you?  Contact nursing homes which you may be interested in working for and ask them if they offer a C.N.A. course for potential employees.  Caregiverlist's nursing home directory provides the name and contact information for 18,000 nursing homes nationwide.  Larger nursing homes in large metropolitan cities often will provide either tuition assistance for C.N.A.'s or their own nursing assistant training program.

Norridge Healthcare and Rehabilitation in metropolitan Chicago, Illinois, provides a free C.N.A. training program but you must apply early and applications are competitive.

You may also contact the community colleges with C.N.A. programs in your area to inquire about financial assistance and if there are any grant programs or employers who will reimburse for training - many do so.

Become a companion caregiver for seniors by working with a senior home care agency if you would like to explore the field of senior care, as this is an easy way to gain experience before becoming a C.N.A.  Apply for a caregier job or C.N.A. job near you on Caregiverlist's Career Center.




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Resumes for C.N.A.’s: Do Certified Nursing Aides Need a Resume?

Certified Nursing Aide jobs or C.N.A. jobs, are in high demand.  Nursing homes and Assisted Living communities providing senior caregiving services must maintain a minimum staffing level of C.N.A.’s to meet licensing requirements.  Usually a minimum number of nursing assistants are required for each “wing” of a building or for a certain number of residents.  Back-up C.N.A.’s are also required because even if 1 C.N.A. calls off sick, they must be replaced to keep up with patient care needs.


C.N.A.’s complete a training program through a school sanctioned by the state’s Department of Health and then must pass the state C.N.A. exam to become a “certified” nursing aide.


As a C.N.A. certificate provides documentation that you have met the basic criteria for working as a Certified Nursing Assitant, do you also need a C.N.A. resume?


The answer is yes, if you are applying for a competitive position at a preferred nursing home, assisted living community, hospital or senior home care agency.  Top C.N.A. positions are always desired by many because of the desirable benefits and working conditions.  Some of the newer Assisted Living communities are beautiful luxury buildings and you will not be the only C.N.A. who wants to work for them.


Flexible C.N.A. positions also are competitive as many others will desire the flexible schedules to meet their lifestyle demands.  The good news is that at least half of C.N.A.’s do not customize a professional resume.  Follow our C.N.A. resume tips and use our FREE Resume builder tool to set yourself apart from the competition when you apply for a C.N.A. job.


C.N.A. Resume Tips


1)     Organize your work history:  just write out the names, addresses and dates of your prior jobs.



2)     Organize your education history:  list the high school and nursing assistant school you attended along with dates of graduation



3)     Organize your contact information:  write out your name, address, telephone and email address -  be sure to create a professional email address if you do not have one (go to gmail and create a new one if your current email address is your nickname or sassy in any fashion – you want to have an email address that includes your first and last name and just add a “number” such as 1, 2, 3, etc., if your name is taken).


4)     References:  Usually 3 references are required for a job and can be both professional and personal references.  Think of 3 people who were either co-workers, neighbors or long-time friends who can vouch for your character.


5)     Mission Statement:  Why do you want to work as a C.N.A.?  Try to really think of the reasons and events in your life which lead you to work in the industry of caregiving and feel free to add your own personal flair here – this is what will separate you from all the competition.


6)     Volunteer:  If you have performed volunteer work, be sure to add this as it will demonstrate you have an interest in working in senior care or with the disabled that goes beyond just making money to pay the bills.  Although the fulfillment of caregiving is great, the work can be challenging and employers want to see that you are attracted to working as a C.N.A. for more than just a job.  If you do not have volunteer experience, ask around to find a volunteer opportunity at a nursing home or with a community organization as this will also help your application stand out from others.


7)     Proof your information:  double-check the dates, names and addresses to make sure your information and especially telephone numbers and email addresses of your references and former employers are correct.  Run spell-check but remember that spell-check cannot capture everything so have a friend or family member also read your information and provide feedback.


8)     Build your C.N.A. Resume with FREE Online Tool:  you may access Caregiverlist’s FREE Caregiver and C.N.A. resume builder tool to fashion a professional resume to attach to your C.N.A. job application.


Once you have a resume, you are ready to apply for a C.N.A. job.  As seniors are living longer, they also are preferring to age-in-place in areas where there is a nice climate or where they have children and grandchildren.  Caregiverlist’s proprietary hiring tools are used by top senior care companies nationwide and while every city and town in the U.S.A. with nursing homes and hospitals need C.N.A.’s these are the most popular cities for C.N.A. jobs.



Top Cities for Employment as a Certified Nursing Assistant


Chicago, IL:  Apply for a Chicago C.N.A. job


Phoenix, AZ:  Apply for a Phoenix C.N.A. job


Miami, FL:  Apply for a Miami C.N.A. Job


Orlando, FL:  Apply for an Orlando C.N.A. Job


Houston, TX:  Apply for a Houston C.N.A. Job


San Diego, CA:  Apply for a San Diego C.N.A. Job


Los Angeles, CA:  Apply for a Los Angeles C.N.A. Job


San Francisco, CA:  Apply for a San Francisco C.N.A. Job


Portland, OR:  Apply for a Portland C.N.A. Job


Seattle, WA:  Apply for a Seattle C.N.A. Job


You may also take a sample C.N.A. test or a practice C.N.A. test if you would like to explore becoming a C.N.A.  Companion caregivers may not be required to have formal experience and is an easy way to test the waters of working in the senior care field.  You may apply for a companion caregiver job in your area on Caregiverlist.  You may also research C.N.A. schools in your area in Caregiverlist's Career Center.

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Michigan Voters Reject Home Health Care Registry Amendment

Michigan voters turned down Proposal 4, supported by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).  The Michigan legislature had booted the union from requiring home health care workers to be members earlier in the year and this proposal was presented to change the constitution to force the health care workers, many of whom are paid via Medicaid programs, to chip into union dues. 

Background checks and caregiver training are already required for senior caregivers working for licensed senior home care agencies.  The Michigan legislature defunded the Michigan Quality Community Care Council in 2011 moving the 60,000 home health care workers away from the Service Employees International Union Healthcare Michigan which had been collecting $30 million in dues from their wages.

The SEIU contributed more than $5 million towards the campaign to pass Proposal 4 in Michigan.  As it did not seem the proposal brought anything fresh and new to the table for home health care workers - - such as an increase in pay, more benefits - it was opposed by most community groups such as Citizens Protecting Michigan's Constitution.

Worker's compensation, unemployment insurance and the new healthcare law which grants healthcare benefits to everyone are all positive additions to working as a senior home caregiver.  And for companies to grant these benefits, required by law, they must conduct criminal background checks on all employees and provide proper training.

We looked to see if the $30 million the SEIU would have collected from home health caregiver wages would have gone towards added benefits for seniors and caregivers and just could not find any information on this - the SEIU promotes background checks and a "registry" of workers but that is not anything new and different -  background checks and training are already part of the criteria for home health care.

As more and more seniors live longer, perhaps new ideas will be brought to voters - ideas that will improve care and decrease costs and deliver improved benefits and training programs to caregivers. 

Private duty senior care, which means care provided by a senior companion caregiver, Certified Nursing Aide or Home Health Aide (which is a designation created in a few states such as New Jersey) does require active care management for the caregiver and senior.  The private duty senior care industry had promoted a basic caregiver training program which was passed in a few states such as Illinois.  The Caregiverlist Certified caregiver training provides 10-hours of online caregiver training and meets this basic training criteria for senior caregivers.

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Caregiver Training for Senior Caregivers Includes Online Training + C.N.A. Training

Caregiverlist CaregiverTraining for caregivers – where do you find it, how much does it cost and how do you know which training is the right one for you?  These are questions we are often asked by both professional caregivers and family caregivers.  We enjoyed meeting some of our professional Chicago Caregivers this week who visit Caregiverlist.com to apply for a senior care job position whenever they are looking for caregiver employment (and use our resume tools and training information) - we look forward to meeting more of you at our job fairs.


Caregiver training involves learning skills to safely care for a senior’s physical needs, emotional needs and understanding how to monitor signs of new conditions such as depression or elder abuse.


Senior caregivers are hired as:


·         Companion Caregivers

·         Certified Caregivers

·         Certified Nursing Aides (C.N.A.’s)

·         Certified Home Health Aides (C.H.H.A.’s in NJ, CA)


Companion caregivers often work with seniors who have memory loss but just need a “companion” to keep their day on track. Certified Caregivers meet the 10-hour caregiver training requirement that has been established by many states and by the senior care industry.  Certified Nursing Assistants, or Aides, are called C.N.A.’s and must complete a state-approved course and then pass the C.N.A. exam.  Every 2 years a C.N.A. must renew their certification.


Becoming a caregiver for a senior can begin as a companion caregiver.  You may then take the 10-hour online caregiver certification course to be a certified non-medical senior caregiver.  Senior care companies often provide caregiver training but taking the online caregiver training course will help you know what to expect when you begin working as a caregiver.  You may also take a sample C.N.A. test to understand the skills taught at C.N.A. schools (and find an approved C.N.A. school in your area).


Apply for a caregiver job in your area, as senior care companies are constantly hiring in order to keep up with their staffing needs in this growing industry (seniors may quickly need care services after a stroke, hip replacement or when memory loss accelerates).


Caregiver pay is above minimum wage and can range from $8.50 to $16 per hour, depending upon what part of the country you live in and the level of skills required. Benefits such as payroll taxes, performance bonuses, paid vacation, flexible hours and health insurance also are available.


Caregiver job descriptions and caregiver stories are also available in Caregiverlist’s Caregiver Career Center to help you learn more about becoming a senior caregiver. You may also join the Professional Association of Caregivers to receive the 10-hour certified online training and a t-shirt and lapel pin and additional information to begin your caregiver career. Both family caregivers and professional caregivers may join the P.A.C.


Caregiverlist just attended a few C.N.A. school job fairs this week and all of the graduating C.N.A. students who talked with us shared they find working as a senior caregiver to be very fulfilling.  While you may have some days which present challenges, when you become a senior caregiver you will go home each day knowing that you are appreciated.  These C.N.A.’s also shared with us that they appreciate knowing they can continue to grow their career as there will continue to be many jobs in this industry which is predicted to be the top category for jobs in the next decade.  Apply for a senior caregiver job now in your area.

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Online Caregiver Training for Senior Caregivers

Caregiver training for senior caregivers - both professional caregivers and family caregivers - involves learning many skills, including how to manage the hands-on care, such as safely transfering a senior from a bed to chair, along with learning the emotional skills of assisting a senior who is experiencing memory loss.

Becoming a professional caregiver requires caregiver training, as senior care also involves managing a care plan, keeping care notes, monitoring changes in health conditions and being aware of signs of depression.  Specific training for age-related diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease are also necessary when caring for seniors with these illnesses.  Seniors with hearing loss and vision loss also require a special skill set from a caregiver.

Caregiverlist provides Senior Care Briefs to assist caregivers to learn how to care for seniors with specific illnesses and age-related diseases.

Senior Care Briefs include training for:

  • Hearing Loss
  • Hip Replacement
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Stroke
  • Medication Monitoring

Family members who provide care for a senior loved one quickly understand why certification is necessary for senior caregivers and nursing aides.  Review a sample certified nursing aide exam to undestand the skills taught in these courses which usually involve about 120 hours of training.

Certification for senior caregivers can be obtained in a 10-hour online course.  The training offers the basic caregiver skills including mobility assistance for seniors, nutrition, communication skills and understanding elder abuse.  Many  times one family member will carry the burden of the caregiving.  By taking a caregiver training course, you will have better skills to apply to caregiving.  This online training course allows you to learn each module at your own pace and re-take the test again if you need to revisit skills in order to score the minimum of 80% in order to receive the certificate.

Senior caregivers may gain experience as a companion caregiver working for a senior home care agency as many times companion positions are part-time.  Senior home care agencies do provide a Care Plan for each client and a schedule of activities for each day.  Apply for senior caregiver positions in your area to begin working as a senior caregiver.

Senior care has been predicted to be a top employer in the coming decade as the Baby Boomer population ages.  By beginning as a companion caregiver you can advance to become a Certified Nursing Aide, Licensed Practical Nurse and Registered Nurse.  Find C.N.A. schools near you to understand the admissions process.





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