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

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

Find Senior Care Training

Senior caregiving has become one of the fastest growing professions because seniors are living longer than any previous generation while needing some care services for some of those year. In addition, technology has allowed seniors to age-in-place in their own homes while still staying in communication with friends, families and medical professionals.

Senior caregivers can take basic caregiving training courses to become certified as a professional caregiver and to be able to understand how to safely care for seniors. In addition, professional caregiver training.teaches caregivers to know how to identify elder abuse and how to maintain client privacy information.

California caregiver training now requires 5 hours of Orientation and Safety training prior to beginning to work with a senior client and an additional 5 hours of annual training in core competencies such as managing daily care plans, understanding elder abuse, assisting with daily activities of living, safe transfers and caring for age-related illnesses.

Find senior caregiver training requirements in your state and take an online caregiver training course to be a professionally certified senior caregiver.


Online Caregiver Training Course



Caregiver Stress Relief: Evening Stroll in the Piazza

In Italy it is customary to take an evening walk called the "passeggiata" to end the workday and socialize with family and friends. This week's photo was taken in the Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy. 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. 


"Count your nights by stars, not shadows; count your life with smiles, not tears."  -Italian Proverb

Caregiver Stress Relief: Summertime Walk in the Park

Summer has finally arrived and the world is filled with lush colors. This week's stress relief photo was taken in Holland Park in London, England. 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. Have a great week.


"Don't count the days, make the days count."  -Muhammad Ali

How do you become a professional senior caregiver?

Senior caregivers are needed to fill the need for senior care services as the senior care industry continues to grow. More than 200 senior home care agencies provide care services in the top 20 metropolitan cities in the U.S.A. Part-time and full-time job positions are available for caring individuals to be senior caregivers. 

Senior care services are regulated in each state, just like other businesses. Some states do require specific caregiver training and renewal training each year. This enables caregivers to keep up with caregiving skills and any new requirements that may have been established. For example, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act was passed in 1996 and now requires caregivers to keep any information about a senior client's medical records and personal health information private and training allows caregivers to understand what information can and cannot be shared.

How to become a professional senior caregiver to be hired by a senior care company:

  1. Read the Caregiver Job Description to Understand Companion Caregiving Job Duties
  2. Obtain a Professional Multi-State Background Check, to Check last 3 Counties of Residency
  3. Verify Background Check Accuracy of Information
  4. Organize Available Schedule to Work 
  5. Learn Caregiving Skills by Reading Books and Movies
  6. Consider Online Caregiver Training Courses (Training is Required in Illinois, California and Many other States)

Remember, senior caregiving involves caring for one individual senior when providing senior care services in the home. The senior will build an emotional relationship with the caregiver which is why it is very important for caregivers to commit to a consistent schedule and be reliable. Part-time caregivers are needed but just be sure you are organized with your schedule and provide only the days and times you are truly available to work.

Background checks have evolved with technology but the negative of the computerized results is that many are returning inaccurate information. Especially if you have a common name and have moved frequently, it is more likely you will have results returned that may not be accurate for your name and social security number and this is why you should run a background check on yourself each year. Each of the background check companies offer a process to follow to correct any inaccurate information. Be careful of where you buy your background check as some resellers only offer a social security number confirmation for a name, rather than pulling information from criminal courthouse records.

Take a practice caregiver training quiz to learn about caregiving skills. Online caregiver training allows you to become a certified caregiver in states with caregiver training requirements. After you become a certified caregiver, you may consider becoming a Certified Nursing Aide. C.N.A. training requirements are mandated by a federal law, but states may have additional requirements that require more C.N.A. training hours than the federal law. You can find C.N.A. schools in your area in the Caregiverlist C.N.A. School Directory.

Online caregiver training allows anyone to learn caregiving skills and take the course at their own pace. Find caregiver training requirements in your state or just take the basic caregiver training course to get started as this course meets the requirements for beginning caregivers in California, Illinois and more states. Senior care companies hire caregivers for part-time and full-time positions each week and you can be considered for a new caregiving job by submitting your job application on the industry's caregiving career center.

Family caregivers and professional caregivers can find how others navigate the caregiving journey and learn how to better deal with the aging process by watching these caregiving movies and reading these caregiving books.

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