Boston Caregivers Keep on Caregiving

Boston, Massachusetts, experienced a week of loss and fear and transportation difficulties this past week after the bombing tragedy at the Boston Marathon.  Senior caregivers manage emotional and physical losses with senior clients each week and when a tragedy of the scale in Boston is added, caregiving becomes even more challenging.

Our hearts and prayers are with all of those in Boston this week and especially to senior caregivers who must overcome all challenges and still make it to their senior client's home each day.

Caregivers also will be needed for those injured in the Boston bombing and both family and professional caregivers will develop the skills necessary to deliver quality care.  Caregiver stress also is a very real experience and everyone must step in to support the caregivers, especially when care needs are not accounted for ahead of time.

Caregiverlist congratulates all of those who have dedicated their life's work to senior care and as the number of seniors in the U.S.A. will continue to grow, we invite more people to consider senior caregiving as a career.  Online caregiver trainin.g is available and senior care companies nationwide continue to hire from 3 to 6 new caregiver employees each week and you may apply for senior caregiver job near you on

Caregivers can join in the U.S.A.'s moment of silence in memory of the Boston Marathon bomb victims and the survivors, today at 2:50 p.m.


CNBC Reports Growth in Senior Home Care Today with Caregiverlist Interview

CNBC's Jane Wells highlights the 40% growth in senior home care since 2008 (even during the recent recession, the senior home care industry has continued to grow exponentially).

Senior home care agencies in southern California are interviewed along with Caregiverlist's CEO.

Tune in at 10:50 and 1:40 Eastern Time

Senior caregivers are in demand as the industry meets the challenges of fast-growth.  Anyone with a caring personality can be trained to be a companion caregiver.  Apply for a senior caregiver job in your area (companies hire from 3 to 6 new caregivers each week) and refer-a-friend to a caregiving job to be entered to win $50, t-shirts, online caregiver training and more.

Instagram Grandma? Superhero Grandma Reminder of Wisdom (+ Fun) of Aging & Caregiving

Senior caregiving as a profession delivers fulfillment way beyond a paycheck, in addition to paying well above minimum wage.  However, sometimes when dealing with the challenges of caregiving and the reality of changing senior clients and positions because of the reality that aging comes with dying eventually.  But let's move on to the positive side and a recent book profiling a Grandmother as a Superhero highlights the positive sides of aging.

Working as a professional caregiver also means getting to know a senior and as the industry is growing (companies must hire from 3 to 6 caregivers each week just to keep up with caregiver staffing demands), anyone with a caring personality, valid references, clean criminal background check and a willingness to learn can become a professional senior caregiver….and enjoy the wisdom seniors share.

Superhero Grandma dresses up in full costume and is profiled in a photography book by her grandson called:  "Mamika:  My Mighty Little Grandmother".  This is a reminder of the fun that can be had with a senior client and the fearlessness that can come with aging for some seniors.  Aging well, remember, includes maintaining social connections and physical and mental exercise.  Congratulations to Mamika for enjoying her 90's by experiencing new adventures.

Wisdom, something gained only by living life with a willingness to learn from mistakes, can be shared with others to perhaps help them have a smoother path.  The older we live, the more experiences (and mistakes) we have to share.  It is rather enjoyable to cross that line of aging where you have been there and done that and can already read between the lines.  And it is fun for seniors to share these lessons learned with those younger than them, including caregivers. 

Malcolm Gladwell, a journalist and author, profiled in one of his recent books, Outliers, how successful people achieved their success.  One of the sustaining factors for success was being near other key players and having an environment where you would naturally learn more.  The genius from the rural Midwest perhaps does not naturally learn some things about achievement in business that the same genius in downtown New York City learns.  Senior caregivers will provide care for college professors, retired lawyers and doctors and CEO's and mothers and fathers who have raised children and grandchildren.  It is a gift to be able to spend time in the company of these wise seniors.

Senior caregiving as a profession delivers a huge benefit to caregivers in that it allows the caregiver to interact with a senior who has experienced life.  Caregivers who are able to connect with their senior clients share their stories of learning so much about life and how to perhaps avoid having regrets when they reach their retirement years.  Likewise, when caring for a senior who is perhaps grumpy and unhappy, a caregiver may be able to learn just why the senior is this way.

As the owner of a senior home care agency which served hundreds of seniors, I would often develop relationships with certain clients and then end up going the extra mile for them.  I just couldn’t help it – there was something about them which inspired me to do more.

One senior gentleman who lived in an Assisted Living community had 7 children and his one daughter in downtown Chicago managed his care.  I found him to be extremely fun to be around.  He was a retired lawyer and also had a fun sense of humor.  He did have difficulty with mobility and needed full caregiving services.  I would always jump at the chance to fill in as Care Manager to introduce a new caregiver just because I enjoyed seeing him.  I could also ask him one question about a business or life issue and he would always have some fresh wisdom to pour around it.

One day I realized that really none of his children came to visit him or seemed to have much contact with him.  It seemed very odd to me since he was such an interesting person. So I asked his daughter why her brothers and sisters did not seem to check in with their father.

She told me that he was not a nice person all of his life.  He had worked the majority of the time and when he was around his family he was simply not nice.  She said a lot of things happened over the years and if I knew about them that I would understand why none of the family engaged with him anymore.

As this senior gentleman’s memory loss progressed, his personality did change.  This does happen.  Seniors who were outgoing their entire lives may become more withdrawn when memory loss develops and then the opposite will happen and seniors who are quite will then become outgoing and talkative.  The brain’s functionality simply changes when memory loss occurs.

Senior caregivers are hired every week by senior care companies.  There is a need for more professional caregivers in the industry.

Part-time, full-time and weekend and weekday positions are available as seniors may need a variety of schedules to fill-in for when family members cannot be there or when family members live far away or simply are not able to perform the more advanced professional caregiving skills.

Companion caregiving positions only require a caring personality and nursing assistant positions require official certification which can be obtained by attending a C.N.A. program which is usually around 2 to 3 months and then passing the state C.N.A. exam.

Learn more in Caregiverlist’s Career Center and apply to a senior caregiving job near you or Refer-a-Friend and win $50.  And maybe you can even photography your own senior caregiving scrapbook of adventures enjoyed as a senior caregiver.






Caregiver Recruitment: Why Senior Care Companies Constantly Hire New Caregivers Weekly

Caregiver recruitment is an ongoing task as the senior care industry presents some unique factors that are not present in other industries.  Marketers like to track the "life-time" value of a client.  How much does it spend to market to a new client and then based on the length of time you will have the client, does the amount of money spent on marketing make sense?  in senior care, life-time value rings with reality.

Senior home care agency owners know that sometimes a client will begin senior care services and tell you that doctors have told them they only have a couple of more years to live and they will then live for many years beyond this.  Likewise, I have seen many hospice patients be discharged from the hospital and have life spans which were exactly opposite of what the doctor had told them.   I once started senior home care services with a senior who had just decided to move to hospice and he looked great and was completely mobile and functional when he went home from the hospital but once he was home he passed away the next day.  I have also provided senior home care services for a hospice client who was only suppose to have a few months to live and she lived for 4 years.  Each summer she would stash her fur in the storage unit for safe keeping and then need to pull it out in the winter again and tell us she was so glad she had not given it away.

As a hospice nurse told me, "people die when they are ready".  She had witnessed the spiritual aspect of leaving this world over and over again and after seeing so many different situations I began quoting her words to families with loved ones going onto hospice care.

This is exactly why senior care companies must hire new caregivers each week - - - to keep up with new clients who suddenly need senior care services (when deciding to leave the  hospital and begin hospice care) and when a family member discovers a senior has developed memory loss and is no longer safe to care for themselves or when a senior falls and breaks their hip - - in all of these instances senior care must start quickly.

Caregiverlist's Employment Index confirms senior care companies hire from 3 to 6 caregivers each week.  In addition to a constant flow of new clients, senior care companies must also keep up with the ever-changing schedules of their current senior clients as adult children may suddenly need to go away for the weekend or have more hours of service certain weeks.  In addition, the senior care companies must be able to plan for days off for C.N.A.'s and professional caregivers.

Refer-a-Friend to be a Caregiver or C.N.A. and be entered for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate and introduce someone to the fulfillment of working as a senior caregiver.  Anyone interested in working as a senior caregiver may apply for a job on Caregiverlist, the nation's only professional senior Caregiver Career Center created by senior care professionals.  You may also take a 10-hour online training course to learn more about the skills taught to professional caregivers.



Navigating the Senior Care Maze: Free Webinar from American Society on Aging

American Society on Aging (ASA) is hosting a free webinar titled:  Navigating the Senior Care Maze, as part of the Family Caregiver Support Series.

Senior care can be overwhelming for both seniors and their family members.  Understanding the costs of care, the senior care options and keeping up with the latest medical care for age-related diseases can be a full-time job and is a full-time job for professional caregivers.

Navigating the Senior Care Maze webinar will outine the critical medical information needed, including document gathering and doctor and medication mnagement so that caregivers can better manage the senior's care and be prepared for potential emergencies.

Caregivers can obtain professional caregiver training online, accessing a 10-hour online Caregiver Certification course that meets the training guidelines established in a few states which is the basic training for non-medical caregivers (caregivers who are not Certified Nursing Aides).  As more caregivers are constantly needed in the senior care industry, individuals may also learn about caregiving careers and apply for a senior care job near them.

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Find Senior Care Jobs: Certified Nursing Aides and Professional Caregivers

Senior caregiving jobs continue to be available as the large baby boomer population grows.  Senior care companies in major cities hire 5 to 10 new professional senior caregivers each week in order to keep up with staffing demands.

Certified Nursing Aides (C.N.A.'s) and professional caregivers can apply for a job to gain a part-time or full-time or live-in caregiving position.

Beginning a career in senior caregiving will deliver fulfillment beyond a paycheck and offer the ability to have a job position with a flexible schedule.  Positions are available in senior's homes, assisted living communities and nursing homes and include benefits through working for professional senior care companies.

Training programs are also available to keep caregivers updated on the latest approaches to caring for seniors with age-related illnesses such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.  Online training is also available to gain certification as a professional caregiver.

Learn about caregiving job descriptions and apply for a senior caregiving position near you.

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Caregiver Resume Writing Tips

Presenting a resume, along with your caregiver job application, will make a positive impression on your potential employer.  Why?  Because it will show you are organized and motivated about becoming an employee. It also demonstrates professionalism and helps make their job easier.

A well designed resume will walk an employer through your work history and highlight your current job objective.  It will also provide references along with their phone numbers.  This way the employer does not need to call you for this information when they a ready to move forward with a job offer.

You may view a professional caregiver resume and build your own resume, following a pre-written example on the Caregiverlist Resume Builder.

Find out about training programs in your area and apply for a job as a professional part-time or full-time caregiver.

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Resume Writing for Nurses and Caregivers

Writing a resume as a nursing aide or senior caregiver requires using a format that will highlight your personal compassion and understanding for patients and senior clients, as well as to showcase your work history and skills.

What information should you include?  Caregiverlist's Resume Builder allows you to follow a successful resume format, and organizes your information in a professional format - all for free.

A professional caregiving resume should include:

  • Objective
  • Work History
  • Education (Schools and Dates attended or graduated)
  • Personal References

Caregiverlist's resume builder shows you a sample caregiving resume and guides you through a format to create your own resume.  You may download and keep this resume and attach it to a job application on Caregiverlist or use for any job you may apply to as a senior caregiver or nursing aide (or even any other job - you write the resume yourself)!



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Better Healthcare for Caregivers

Ironically, senior caregivers, as the people on the front lines of providing the daily care needs, very often do not have robust health care insurance through their employers.  Caregiving can be physically and emotionally draining, much more so than many other careers.  Senior care corporations have the same challenges as other small businesses in the U.S. - difficulty providing for benefits for employees who make less than six figures a year and difficulty qualifying for group plans because of high turnover in employees and a high number of part-time employees (caregiver turnover is a necessary part of caregiving as senior clients get better or pass away).  At the same time, a little preventative care would go a very long way in helping caregivers manage a healthy lifestyle. Stress turns to distress when it is not handled positively and results in physical, mental and emotional health issues.  As stress comes with the territory of caregiving, effective health insurance to assist with combating stress should always be provided to caregivers.

Following are some of the health effects of stress on the body.   As caregivers for seniors are assisting with end-of-life issues, along with the daily activities of living, it is important they are able to effectively manage the stresses that come with caregiving.
  • Disturbed Sleep (sleeping too much or too little)
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Appetite changes (eating too much or losing appetite)
  • Overacting to situations (easily angered or irritated)
  • Need to be alone (isolation)
  • Constant negativity
  • Moodiness and hypersensitivity
  • Loss of confidence
  • High blood pressure
  • Headaches
  • Breathing problems (anxious or can't catch breath)
  • Unmotivated and feeling tired constantly
  • Muscle tension and pain (the kink in your neck that doesn't go away)
Studies show that the combination of one or more of the health effects of stress can lead to diseases such as substance abuse, heart problems, strokes, hypertension, ulcers, depression, skin problems, severe weight gain or weight loss, to name just a few.

As the need for senior caregivers continues to grow along with the aging population, it is important our country considers the health care needs of all workers.  The New York Times/CBS news poll indicates wide support for a government run health care program.  Americans said they would be willing to pay higher taxes for a universal health plan.  It seems to make sense that the health care industry should be a fan of this new plan which would help them support their frontline caregivers better.

Starbuck's founder, Howard Schultz, experienced the challenges of living without health insurance along with the economic hardships that come with it, as his father did not have a job providing health insurance.  He went down a very long and winding road to be able to provide health care coverage to Starbuck's employees and this continues to be a benefit he believes in, even when the shareholders protest because of the costs.

Let us know what your health care benefits are as a caregiver - post your comments and join the conversation. 
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