Holiday Style in Chicago: Stress Relief Photo

This week's stress relief photo was taken in downtown Chicago during Christmastime and the season's first snowfall. Holiday decorations brighten up the cold and gray world we often have at this time of year.  Please enjoy and feel free to share the photo and inspirational quote with loved ones. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and caring for our seniors. Senior care training assists caregivers to better manage a senior's care needs and manage caregiver stress. We hope you have a great week.


"When we are centered in joy, we attain our wisdom."
-Marianne Williamson

November Reflection in Wales: Stress Relief Photo

We hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving. As we move in to a very busy time of year, we invite you to take a moment to relax and enjoy our stress relief photo and inspirational quote and share them with loved ones. This week's photo of a calming water view towards Anglesey was taken in Caernarfon, Wales on a crisp November day. 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. 


"Don't let one cloud obliterate the whole sky."
-Anais Nin

Stress Relief Photo: Light in the Mist

Even in the mist and fog, we can find the light. This week's stress relief photo was taken at the Sankaty Head Light in Nantucket, Massachusetts, on a very foggy day. Please enjoy and feel free to share the photo and inspirational quote with loved ones. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and caring for our seniors. Senior care training assists caregivers to better manage a senior's care needs and manage caregiver stress. We hope you have a great week.


"Keep shining through; you may be a lighthouse to someone trying to make it."
-Caroline Naoroji

Dashlane App Helps Caregivers Stay Organized

The Dashlane App helps busy caregivers keep track of passwords, usernames, and more. Dashlane is a free password manager application available for a caregiver's phone or tablet. Caregivers have too many passwords to remember, Dashlane gives them a secure way to store passwords.

Dashlane allows caregivers to:

  • Manage and store passwords 
  • Autofill Usernames and Passwords
  • Receive Security Notices To Protect Information 
  • Store Payment Information for Easy Checkouts
  • Generate Passwords 

COST:  Free

There is an option to upgrade to Premium for $3.33 per month. Premium allows caregivers to backup their account, sync passwords across multiple devices, and add more security features to protect their information.

By downloading Dashlane today you can get a 30 day trial of their premium features.

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After creating an account Caregivers can choose to store passwords from Facebook, online banking, and even Caregiverlist.com. Caregivers can check the strength of their passwords to make sure their online account are safe. Along with the password strength checker, Dashlane has a password generator to create secure logins.

Dashlane also offers secure credit or debit card storage, so Caregiver's can remember their card number online. Caregiver's can use Dashlane to store their username and password to their Caregiver Training University account for quick and safe access to their certificate.


Senior caregivers please give us your feedback on Dashlane!

Know about any additional caregiver Apps that excel at assisting with caregiving duties? Let us know.


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California Caregiver Renewal Training for Senior Care

Senior caregivers in California now must maintain their professional caregiving skills with annual renewal training.

California renewal training requires 5 hours each year focusing on:

Core Competencies

Age-Related Caregiving Skills

Caregiverlist's certified caregiver training allows caregivers to easily renew their training by enrolling them in the next course and allowing caregivers to review previous training.

Built for senior caregivers by industry professionals, the online course is smart-phone friendly and easy to use and best of all, written for caregivers who may not have a medical background and incorporating the skills needed for senior home care.

Caregivers may join "the P.A.C.", the Professional Association of Caregivers and receive a lapel pin and t-shirt with their training course. Buy your online training and maintain access to your course materials ongoing and apply to a job in your area.

Caregiver Buddy App for Caregivers

Alzheimer's caregivers now have a new friend to support them through their caregiving journey. Alzheimer's disease progresses through stages, or levels, as the forgetting eventually impacts all of the body's functions. The changes in the senior's personality can be especially stressful for caregivers. This is why having a "digital" buddy helps you to stay on the best path for each day of the Alzheimer's caregiver journey.

Caregiver Buddy App allows caregivers to access:

24/7 Alzheimer's Helpline

Daily Care Tips for Tasks Related to Hygiene and Meal Times

Fun Activity Ideas to Stimulate Body and Mind

Behavior Coping Tips for Overwhelming Behaviors of Aggression and Hallucination

Refresher about Alzheimer's Disease

COST:  Free

The Caregiver Buddy App was developed by the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Illinois Chapter.

Alzheimer's caregivers can also take notes on the App to maintain daily care notes and quickly access care information.

Caregivers will be presented with the App's capabilities upon starting it and prompted to view the search function and notes section and given instructions on how to navigate the Caregiver Buddy.

Caregivers will then choose a topic, such as Wellbeing or Communication and then be provided with more information on the topic. This App can be a nice accompaniment to the Caregiver Basic Training which explains the different types of memory loss, including Alzheimer's disease.


Senior caregivers please give us your feedback on the Caregiver Buddy App.
Know about any additional caregiver Apps that excel at assisting with caregiving duties? Let us know. 

Enter to Win: $25 gift card by sharing your caregiver certificate on Instagram or retweeting our Stress Relief Photo of the week.

Stress Relief Photo: Alpine Majesty

There is something awe-inspiring and beautiful about mountains. This week's stress relief photo was taken in the Alps, near the border of Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Please enjoy and feel free to share the photo and inspirational quote with loved ones. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and caring for our seniors. Senior care training assists caregivers to better manage a senior's care needs and manage caregiver stress. We hope you have a great week.


"Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley."
-Theodore Roethke

Caregiver Training Materials for Senior Care

What training materials are used for senior caregivers?

Caring for seniors involves assisting with physical and emotional needs along with practical household scheduling and maintenance. State laws require caregivers to understand how to identify elder abuse and to maintain privacy according to the Health Information Privacy and Portability Act (HIPPA).

Understanding how to record Care Plan notes and follow guidelines for daily activities allows professional caregivers working in the home to deliver the same high quality care as seniors in care communities.

Basic Caregiver Training incorporates the senior care training materials as outlined by the national association of home care and as passed into legislation in certain states.

Caregiver Training Materials Include:

  • Sample Care Plan Notes
  • Suggested Books and Movies
  • Orientation to Caregiver Job Duties and Professional Guidelines
  • Safety for Environment and for Emergencies
  • Safe Transfers
  • Communication Skills
  • Privacy Requirements
  • Identify and Report Elder Abuse
  • Chronic Condition Introduction: Strokes, Memory Loss, Cancer
Learn about the Caregiver Training requirements in your state and take the online caregiver training course to be a certified caregiver.

Join the Professional Association of Caregiver to receive online training and a t-shirt and lapel pin and more.

Caregivers Should be Paid More and Better Trained to Lower Senior Care Costs MIT Professor Reports

Senior caregivers should have more training and better pay in order to deliver higher quality care to seniors, according to MIT Sloan School of Management professor Paul Osterman. who has authored "Who Will Care for Us? Long-Term Care and the Long-Term Workforce".

Long-term care support services cost Americans $310 billion a year, accounting for both Medicaid care and private payments. As Medicare does not pay for long-term senior care services (only for short-term nursing home stays for rehabilitation), all Americans must pay privately unless they spend down their assets and qualify for Medicaid, for low-income seniors with few assets.

More numbers:

  • 14 million Americans needed long-term care in 2015
  • 22 million Americans will need long-term care by 2030

As home care aides are limited regarding some of the services they can administer, with eye-drops used as the example in Mr. Osterman's recent Wall Street Journal opinion article, services must pay for the additional cost for a Registered Nurse to drop in and perform these regulated tasks.

However home caregivers spend the most time with the senior and can easily be trained to do some of the tasks they are now limited from doing. The improved training could also include learning more about chronic diseases. As technology now allows us to use Apps to monitor many conditions, there are many opportunities available to develop more hands-on training skills for home caregivers. And if this lowers the cost of home care and delivers higher quality care, then why not? 

Caregiver training skills which we call "basic caregiver training' encompass the minimum standards for quality care delivery, such as learning how to safely transfer a senior from bed to wheelchair, understanding how to record proper care plan notes and follow the HIPAA privacy law and understand how to communicate with different generations. Training for stroke survivor care, Alzheimer's disease care and more are part of ongoing annual training renewals. Caregiver training varies in each state, based on health department regulations, but most licensed senior home care agencies are required to provide basic caregiver training. Medicaid home health aides are required to take initial training and annual training and this also varies depending on the state's requirements.

As seniors will be living longer than previous generations ever imagined, it makes sense to modernize the training for senior care.

Free caregiver training briefs are available to all caregivers on Caregiverlist as an introduction to the training required for caregiver certification.


Caregiver Training Course for Professional Caregiving

Caregiver training courses for senior caregivers can now be obtained online. As more states are passing laws requiring specific training, in order to make sure both the senior and the caregiver are both enjoying a safe care environment.

Join the Professional Association of Caregivers to receive online caregiver training along with a t-shirt and lapel pin. Learn about your state's training requirements. Then apply for a caregiving job in your area as more caregivers are needed.

Training courses for caregivers will vary between 5 and 12 hours in length and deliver a certificate of completion when finished.

Join the P.A.C. for Online Training
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