How Immigration Law Will Impact Grandma's Care from this Week's Wall Street Journal

Caregiving jobs are plentiful for many reasons. Seniors don't plan ahead for senior care needs, which can arise suddenly after a medical emergency. Many American still do not realize that caregiving can provide ongoing employment with a professionally licensed senior care and because of this, do not pursue these jobs. Others think they must be a nurse to perform professional caregiving positions.

Right now, there is a shortage of senior caregivers in the U.S.A. and many legal immigrants, or first-Americans, thankfully, have joined our workforce as caregivers. We are so very grateful at Caregiverlist that we have this diversity of employees to help fill senior care company's job openings.

After the knee-replacements, heart by-passes, and age-related illnesses, seniors require caregiving services in order to maintain living a safe quality of life each day. Their families often no longer live nearby.

Caregiverlist includes many first-Americans, or "immigrants" on our job list and caregiver training registry. They are all here legally and employed as caregivers by licensed senior home care agencies. These companies must verify all employees by conducting background checks, finger-printing and in some states, home health registry verification.

Caregiving is hard work. More caregivers are needed. Because also, you know, some people are tough to care for and require multiple caregivers to rotate on a weekly schedule to maintain staffing.

Gerald F. Seib's article in this week's Wall Street Journal, shares some numbers to highlight why having more caregivers must be considered as immigration policies are updated.

  • 1 in 4 Direct-care Workers are First-Americans which means 860,000 immigrants fill these caregiving jobs now
  • This number has grown to 24% in 2015, from 20% in 2005
  • In New York, California, New Jersey and Florida, 40% of the caregiver workers are immigrants
  • Among these immigrant caregiver workers nationwide, 56% are citizens by naturalization

Not having enough workers has the potential to drive up care costs.

Do you know someone who could work as a part-time or full-time senior caregiver? No experience is required and they can obtain online training for all of the beginning caregiver skills. Please refer them to the Caregiverlist' Career Center to learn more and submit a job application.

Find caregiver training requirements in your state.

Caregiver Renewal Training for Professional Senior Caregivers

Senior caregivers working as professionals in most states are required to have annual training. This just helps to make sure the caregiver has continued to maintain their knowledge of caregiving skills. In addition, caregivers are able to advance their caregiving options and career by demonstrating knowledge in additional areas.

Senior care companies can enroll caregiver in a renewal training course on the Caregiverlist Training Portal with 1-click and senior caregivers and family caregivers may also purchase training on their own for $59 or $79 (to receive a lapel pin and t-shirt).

Buy the online caregiver training course and you will be enrolled in your renewal course automatically or, call 312-669-8820 if you have any questions about the certified caregiver training for your state. 



Morning in Switzerland: Stress Relief Photo

We hope your new year is off to a good start, despite the frosty weather that has come with it for so many of us. This week's stress relief photo was taken near Zurich, Switzerland at daybreak and shows Lake Zurich with a view of the Alps. 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.


"Rules for Happiness: Something to do, someone to love, and something to hope for." 
 -Immanuel Kant

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.

MORE FEATURES

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.


Enter to Win: $25 gift card by sharing your caregiver certificate on Facebook or re-tweeting our Stress Relief Photo of the week on our Twitter! Click here for more information

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
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