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

Find C.N.A. School Near You in Certified Nursing Aide Class Directory

Certified Nursing Aides provide the hands-on care for seniors and others needing care in hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living communities. In the U.S.A., federal legislation was passed to mandate a minimum of 75 hours of training through an approved school for nursing aides to qualify to take the state certification exam to become a Certified Nursing Aide.

States can mandate additional hours for training which is why some states require 150 hours of study or more before an individual may take the nursing aide certification test.

Request C.N.A. Class Admissions packets for schools in your area and explore becoming a C.N.A. as there are ongoing job openings in this field. As more than 10,000 Americans turn age 65 each day and our seniors are living longer lives than previous generations, more qualified nursing aides are needed.

Take Practice C.N.A. Exam 

Explore C.N.A. School Costs and Admissions Requirements Near You

Request Free C.N.A. Class Application

You may also apply for a companion caregiver job while you are pursuing C.N.A. training as the only requirements are to have a caring and dependable personality. Senior care companies hire between 5 and 10 caregivers each week to keep up with staffing demands as seniors do not plan ahead for senior care. Senior care companies provide caregiver training and you may also take online caregiver training to become certified as a professional caregiver.



Sunshine and Sand in Connecticut: Caregiver Stress Relief

There is no place like the beach to relax as summer draws to a close. This week's photo was taken at the beach in Madison, Connecticut. 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. 


"Pearls don't lie on the seashore. If you want one, you must dive for it." 
-Chinese Proverb

Caregiver Stress Relief: Above the Clouds

This week's stress relief photo was taken from the summit of the Zugspitze, which is the highest peak in Germany. The weather on the ground was miserable, but there was brightness high above the mountaintops. 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. 


"Too many people miss the sunshine of today because they focus on the clouds of yesterday."
-Phil Wallace

Become a Professional Senior Caregiver for Growing Industry

This week the Wall Street Journal reported that the senior home care sector has grown by 6.6% annually for franchise businesses, which is faster than the 2.6% compound annual growth rate for the franchise industry. Americans are aging, living longer, and choosing to age in their homes.

Caregivers, however, are still in demand, by these hiring senior care companies. Many people do not realize that senior care is an industry and that caregiving is a profession.

Join the Professional Association of Caregivers to receive online caregiver certification training, a t-shirt and lapel pin and become involved with a community of senior care executives who support "caring for the caregiver". Part-time and full-time job positions are available and companies hire new caregivers weekly to keep up with the quick turnaround required as seniors never plan ahead for senior care. States are also passing legislation requiring minimum training for professional caregivers and you can also learn about the state caregiver training requirements. Students and early retirees can enjoy working as a caregiver to earn income while also providing a fulfilling service.

Join Professional Association of Caregivers to begin your career.


Serenity in Santorini: Caregiver Stress Relief

There is not much that is more relaxing than a serene pool in a beautiful place. This week's photo was taken on the island of Santorini in Greece. 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. 

"You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore."

-William Faulkner

Certified Senior Caregiver Training

Certified caregiver training allows senior caregivers to verify their knowledge and understanding of specific caregiving skills. Many people still do not realize that the senior care industry has established specific training mandates for senior caregivers in many states as senior caregiving has become a profession.

What is certified caregiver training?

This training guides individuals through the basic caregiving skills and explains necessary terms and safety requirements and job duties for professional senior caregivers.

  • Caregiver training concepts usually include the following skills:
  • Safety (for Emergencies and Environmental such as Hurricanes, Earthquakes)
  • Care Plan Duties and Care Plan Notes
  • Personal Care
  • Understanding Age-related Illnesses such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and other forms of Dementia
  • Safe Transfers
  • Communication Skills
  • Identifying Elder Abuse (Physical, Emotional, Sexual, Financial)
  • Personal Care
  • Safe Environment and Infection Control
  • Meal Assistance
  • Emotional Care for Aging Issues such as Death and Grieving
Check out the basic caregiver certification training, meeting state requirements in many states and meeting the initial guidelines outlined by the senior care industry. Online training courses allow anyone to begin a professional caregiving career.
Caregiver Training University provides an overview of training requirements (and you can also find training in Spanish)!


Caregiver Stress Relief: Picnic at Walden Pond

This week's stress relief photo was taken at Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts.  The lake inspired and was made famous by Henry David Thoreau. 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. 


"Live the life you have imagined."  -Henry David Thoreau

Illinois Certified Nursing Aide School Costs and Admission Programs Update

Illinois C.N.A. schools are listed in the Caregiverlist C.N.A. School Directory which includes the information on the nursing assistant school costs and admission requirements in the state of Illinois. Nursing assistants become certified in Illinois by first taking the state-approved C.N.A. course and then passing the state exam to gain their certificate. More C.N.A.'s are needed as Illinois is a state where seniors age-in-place. "Sweet Home Chicago" rings true for the state's retirees. Please find the information on the state of Illinois' updated nursing aide programs below.

How much does a C.N.A. school program in Illinois cost?

Of the approved certified nursing assistant training programs in Illinois, the average cost per program is $1,097 and the C.N.A. school programs pricing ranges from $550 to $2,800 for the course with books and uniform. Many of the Illinois nursing assistant programs are in the middle range for cost, between $700 and $1,000. Definitely contact schools you are considering attending to find out if you may qualify for financial assistance. Sometimes hospitals and nursing homes in Illinois will assist residents seeking to become nursing aides by reimbursing them for their C.N.A. certification training.

Average Illinois C.N.A. School Cost: $1,097

Most Popular Length of C.N.A. School course in Illinois:  130 hours

The C.N.A school requirements, along with the length of the program, and contact information is listed for each school for easy comparison. A Certified Nursing Aide often finds work in nursing homes, assisted living communities, hospitals, or senior home care agencies, providing a variety of personal and nursing care to the patients.

Caregiverlist’s Practice CNA Test, presented by Hdmaster, provides great insights into the information needed to succeed as a C.N.A. and to learn about the different types of questions nursing aide exams may ask. After getting certified, Caregiverlist provides a Caregiver Job Application, which allows you to apply for caregiving and C.N.A. jobs in an area near you.

Find Illinois C.N.A. Schools and submit your request for free C.N.A. school applications in Illinois. Remember, as the number of seniors increases by 10,000 every day, and everyone is enjoying living longer lives, more caregivers are needed and jobs are available for trained caregivers and nursing aides - become one today or refer-a-friend!



Over the Rainbow in Switzerland: Stress Relief Photo

No matter how many times we have seen them, we all love a rainbow. This week's stress relief photo was taken at the lake, near Zurich, Switzerland. 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. 


"Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud." -Maya Angelou
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