More than 15 million caregivers assist a senior diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. This month, Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed into law legislation authorizing a $350 million increase for Alzheimer’s disease research funding in 2016’s budget.
Disease modifying drugs and a cure will be the best way to allow the U.S.A. to be able to effectively care for seniors with the current Medicare and Medicaid benefits. The Alzheimer’s Association supported a research study to find how much money will be needed to adequately care for the growing number of seniors with Alzheimer’s disease, finding Medicare spending will more than quadruple in the next generation to $589 billion annually in 2050. By this time, if no cure or improved treatments are found, more than 16 million Americans will suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.
However, research funding for cures for cancer, AIDS/HIV and heart disease exceed $2 billion each. As someone in the U.S.A. gets Alzheimer’s disease every 67 seconds, this will also become an even larger economic issue for both American citizens and the government senior Medicare and Medicaid health care programs.
Women over the age of 60 are twice as likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease than breast cancer.
Studying our brains will be the key to more than just a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, which is another reason more money should be invested in this research.
Participation in clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease is one step senior caregivers can learn more about along with joining Maria Shriver’s The Women’s Alzheimer’s Challenge to emphasize brain research. Share your story as an advocate, caregiver and activist for Alzheimer’s disease care and research.
Senior caregivers may obtain caregiver training for activities to engage with seniors with memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease in the digital caregiver certification training program. More caregivers are needed to assist senior's who may need part-time or full-time senior home care. Join Caregiverlist to be considered for caregiving jobs in your area. Anyone with a caring and trustworthy personality can become a senior caregiver.
Hanukkah has passed, and the shortest day of the year, Christmas, and the promise of the new year are upon us. 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. This week's stress relief photo was taken in the historic North End of Boston, Massachusetts. Please enjoy and feel free to share the photo and inspirational quote with loved ones. We hope you have a great week filled with the warmth and pleasures of the holidays.
"May your walls know joy, may every room hold laughter, and every window open to great possibility."
-Mary Anne Radmacher
The U.S. Senate passed the RAISE Family Caregivers Act this week (and this bill is actually supported by both Democrats and Republicans), which will require the development of a national strategy to support family caregivers. The bill goes to the House next for consideration. The Department of Health and Human Services would be required to develop, maintain and periodically update a National Family Caregiving Strategy. Federal departments would also be required to share any data that can assist with creating a national caregiving strategy.
Advocates are hoping this will help make senior care a national agenda item in the upcoming presidential election. Currently, only candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, who cared for her own mother at home, has called for more support for family caregivers.
This summer, New Mexico Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham reintroduced a bill to create a national Care Corps program, modeled after the Peace Corps, in which volunteers would help family caregivers. New York state's Representative Nita M. Lowey also introduced legislation that would give caregivers a Social Security earnings credit when they take unpaid time off from their jobs to provide care.
Advocates behind RAISE hope that increasing awareness will eventually spark political action.
Medicare does NOT pay for long-term care and nursing home costs can easily be from $150 to $350 per day. About 40 million Americans care for family members, which works out to an unpaid workforce worth around $470 billion per year. They typical caregivers is the oldest adult daughter or another relative.
A congressional caucus was formed to focus on the needs of family caregivers earlier this year, with the backing of AARP. RAISE would specifically require the development, maintenance and updating of an integrated national strategy to recognize and support family caregivers. More caregivers and more programs to support caregivers will be needed to support our nation's growing senior population.
Senior caregivers are already in demand, as seniors rarely plan ahead for care and will be quickly discharged from a hospital to a nursing home or to their home while still needing assistance with activities of daily living. Anyone with a caring personality may become a senior caregiver by taking a basic caregiver training course and applying to a part-time or full-time caregiving job in their area.
AARP Offers this hotline to call your U.S. Congress Representative to urge them to support the bipartisan RAISE bill in the House at 844-453-9952 (Toll Free). Remember, this legislation simply begins the process for a strategy to be developed around family caregiving.
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. This week's stress relief photo was taken at the Christmas market in Trier, one of the oldest cities in Germany. Please enjoy and feel free to share the photo and inspirational quote with loved ones. Whether you are celebrating Hanukkah this week, or getting ready for Christmas, we hope you enjoy the festivities and have a great week.
"There are two ways of spreading light, to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it." -Edith Wharton
Personal Care Aides are the name given to caregivers in some states, such as New Hampshire and Minnesota. Personal Care Aides assist seniors with activities of daily living and are employed by senior care providers.
By learning the basic caregiving skills, personal care aides can deliver caregiving services more safely, while having the knowledge needed to complete each tasks.
PCA Skills include:
- Care Plan Implementation and Notes
- Communication Skills
- Safe Transfers
- Abuse and Neglect Identification and Reporting
- Memory Loss (and Alzheimer's) Care
- HIPAA (Privacy and Confidentiality Policies)
- Infection Control
- Personal Care
Review Personal Care Aide training and take an online PCA training course to become certified as a PCA and apply for a professional caregiving job in your area (senior care companies are constantly hiring).
Caregiver employment opportunities are increasing, as America's population of seniors has escalated in recent years. Senior care companies are hiring companion caregivers, live-in caregivers and nursing aides. Anyone with a caring personality can become a senior caregiver. Learn how you can become a caregiver and apply on Caregiverlist to be considered for part-time and full-time caregiving jobs in your area (and refer your friends). Caregiving will be the most fulfilling work you will probably ever do, while also earning a paycheck.
Caregivers working for senior care companies sometimes find themselves suddenly looking for a new job because their senior client has passed away or their condition has improved and they no longer need caregiving services. It can be frustrating to need to start over again to share your experiences and skills with a new senior care company.
The Professional Association of Caregivers understands these challenges and helps to support the senior caregiver by providing basic training and certification to show the caregiver has passed the course, along with membership recognition through a lapel pin and t-shirt and showing an agreement to follow the code of ethics.
Senior caregiver jobs are plentiful and will only continue to increase as the number of seniors increases by 10,000 daily. There were only 3.1 million seniors age 65 or older back in 1900. Today, more than 40.3 million Americans are age 65 or older. Our new social demographics show that as families are having children at an older age (age 30 and above) and both women and men are able to enjoy fulfilling careers, more than 50% of the time seniors do not live in the same town as their children.
Become a professional senior caregiver and apply to a caregiving job to be hired for part-time and full-time jobs in senior care. Caregiving brings fulfillment beyond a paycheck and as more senior caregivers are needed, you may want to refer any friends who are looking for fulfilling work to become a professional caregiver. P.A.C. membership includes online caregiver training to learn basic caregiver skills such as how to communicate effectively, safe transfers, taking care plan notes, activities for seniors with memory loss, infection control, environmental safety, HIPAA privacy guidelines, elder abuse reporting an dmore.
This week we remember those lives lost in service to their country. 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. This week's stress relief photo was taken in the crypt of Winchester Cathedral in Winchester, England. The crypt floods during rainy times but remains beautiful, and shows the sculpture by Antony Gormley of a solitary man called "Sound II." This cathedral is also Jane Austen's final resting place. Please enjoy and feel free to share the photo and inspirational quote with loved ones. We hope you have a great week.
"Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure." -Jane Austen
Louisiana caregivers are called "Direct Service Workers" and receive this designation when working for senior care companies or as caregivers for the disabled.
The definition by the state of Louisiana of a Direct Service Worker is:
An unlicensed person who provides personal care or other services and supports to persons with disabilities or to the elderly to enhance their well-being. The caregiver is involved in face-to-face direct contact with the person and is compensated through state or federal funds. Functions performed may include, but are not limited to, assistance and training activities of daily living, personal care services and job-related supports. from LAC 48:1 Chapter 92 Sub-Chapter A 9201.
Louisiana private pay senior home care agencies will also hire caregivers who are trained as Direct Service Workers.
Senior caregivers may take an online caregiver training course to obtain the Louisiana DSW training.
Direct Service Worker training includes these topics:
- Abuse, Neglect, Misappropriation of Property
- Staff Ethics for Direct Service Workers
- Human and Civil Rights
- Confidentiality and HIPAA
- Person-Centered Planning, Personal Outcomes and Self-Determination Philosophy
- Incident Documentation and Reporting
- Documentation of Services
- Environmental Emergency Procedures
- Infection Control and Universal Precautions
Louisiana caregivers may take this online DSW Caregiver training and apply for a caregiving job in their area on Caregiverlist.
Senior caregiving requires many skills. So many care needs surround the process of caring for a senior as they age. Not only are age-related illnesses advancing, but a senior has friends and loved ones who are passing away along with their own health issues.
This is why caregivers for seniors can greatly benefit from caregiver training. Family caregivers can also benefit from caregiver training. Simple tasks can become difficult when caring for a senior, such as assisting with toileting and repositioning from bed to chair. States are beginning to pass regulations to be sure professional caregivers are trained on HIPAA and elder abuse and are taught emergency safety skills and environmental safety skills. Learning effective communication skills are also a technique caregivers can be taught (and is valuable at any age).
Basic online caregiver training teaches senior caregiving skills and provides a convenient way for caregivers working with seniors in their homes to become trained. As more caregivers will be needed as America's population ages, anyone who may be interested in part-time work can take an online course to become a senior caregiver and apply for a caregiving job in their area.