Time of Remembrance: Caregiver Stress Relief

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 Direct Service Worker Caregiver Training

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.

Sample Caregiver Training Quiz for Senior Caregivers

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.




Q1: Natural Disasters include:

Q2: HIPAA means:

Q3: Personal protective equipment such as face masks and aprons

 should be worn:

Senior Caregiver Employee Need Will Keep Growing with America's Changing Social Demographics

Senior caregivers are in demand. Why? Because not only are we living longer lives but our social demographics have changed as our culture has advanced to give women more rights, beginning in the 1970's. This means we are just now entering an era where in addition to the fact that the Baby Boomer generation has a lot of people, the rights of women have changed the fabric of families and made them often unavailable to provide caregiving.  Technology has allowed us to stay in touch with family members from anywhere but we will always need a human caregiver to provide for the physical and emotional care.  We will always need real live humans to perform caregiving. And we need to prepare to find more people to be trained to work as senior caregivers.

Did you know that prior to 1974 women in the U.S.A. could not get a credit card?  They could not run the Boston Marathon until 1972. Prior to 1978 women could be fired just for being pregnant. The Equal Opportunity Act of 1974 gave women the right to apply for credit (and credit cards) and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 allowed women to keep their jobs while they were "expecting" a child. 

Remember when nobody was pregnant, they were just "expecting"? I remember a family dinner one Sunday when my father mentioned a neighbor was "expecting" and my brother said "expecting what?".  Exactly. We can talk about it now. Our society's culture continues to evolve and this fact leads to one of the largest reasons for the need for more professional senior caregivers. The large number of Baby Boomers (10,000 turn age 65 each day) and advances in medicine are just part of the reason we need more caregivers.  We need to recognize these facts in order to attract more workers to the industry of senior care or we will be faced with a shortage of professional caregivers to work in our nursing homes, assisted living communities and for licensed senior home care agencies.

Caregiver job openings are a constant in metropolitan cities nationwide, as well as in rural communities. Senior care needs are emotional as well as physical.  Aging can be a tough journey. Caregivers are needed to make living longer, while living safely, possible. Nurses and care managers are also needed to manage the care and coordinate with family members and medical professionals.

Retired seniors may also want to consider working part-time as a paid caregiver as more and more paid caregivers will be needed to keep up with the changes in America's social demographics.

Americans are also marrying later in life as marriages have evolved to be less about economic necessities and more about a union of shared passions and shared incomes. This means adult children are also more likely to be able to assist with paying for senior care services, if required, in order to maintain quality care and limit family drama that can escalate with the stress of caregiving (no, the Kardashian's are not the only family with interesting dynamics).

And this need is only going to continue to increase because of another factor: sandwich generation parents.  Women are waiting until they are older to begin motherhood which means they are more likely to have young children or school age children to care for and are not available to care for their parents.

Caregiver jobs will continue to increase, based on these simple social demographic facts. This means that the generations following the Baby Boomer will also continue to need caregivers. Perhaps both college students and retirees will be recruited to work part-time as senior caregivers to assist us to keep up with the demand for trained nursing aides and professional home health aides to work as caregivers.

See below from our friends at Pew Research:

In the 1990's

13% of newborns were to Teenager Mothers

10% of newborns were to Women Age 35+ 

41% of New Mothers had Some College Education


In 2008

9% of newborns were to Teenager Mothers

14% of newborns were to Women Age 35+ 

54% of New Mothers had Some College Education

This means we must recruit more caring individuals to be professional senior caregivers.  The Caregiver Training University assists anyone to learn the basic caregiver training skills through an online caregiver training course. There are many techniques that can make caregiving a more enjoyable experience, from understanding how to safely transfer a senior from their bed to a chair to a toilet, for example, to learning activities that can be helpful for a senior experiencing memory loss.

We will always need senior caregivers, no matter how much technology advances. Senior caregivers may submit their job application on Caregiverlist to be considered by hiring companies in their area as senior care companies hire as many as 5 to 6 new caregivers each week, in order to keep up with demand.

And as today kick's off baseball's World Series, a salute to another thing that will never change - the sound of the "crack of the bat"! Good luck to the Kansas City Royal's and New York Met's. 







Caregiver Stress Relief: Enjoying the Colors of Fall

Crisp air and sunshine bring out the vibrance in autumn's colors. This week's photo was taken in Lincoln Park in Chicago, Illinois. Caregiverlisinvites 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 have a great week.


"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall."  -F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby


California Senior Home Care Agency Training Requirement Regulation Begins in January 2016

Senior Home Care Agencies in California will be required to document the training they provide for professional senior caregivers based on the state of California's Assembly Bill 1217 which requires a minimum of 5 hours of entry-level training prior to presence with a client and 5 hours of training annually.

As more seniors are choosing to age-in-place in their own home, more states are establishing rules and regulations to insure both the seniors and the caregivers are protected and receive the insurance benefits and payroll taxes, as required by law. One of the benefits for caregivers working for senior home care agencies includes the payment of their Social Security, Unemployment and Worker's Compensation insurances.  This way senior caregivers are protected should the client pass away or get better and in the event they were to have an injury on the job. In addition, senior caregivers employed by senior home care agencies know that they are paying into all payroll taxes, including Social Security benefits and will be able to collect on this benefit for their own retirement.

California senior home care agencies can easily comply with this training mandate by providing an online training program. Caregiver Training University provides training meeting the state department of health requirements nationwide.  Individual caregivers may also purchase training and be added to the caregiver certification registry on Caregiverlist.  

Private duty senior home care agencies may request a sample caregiver training and a demo by contacting: susan@caregiverlist.com or calling 312-669-8821.



California Senior Caregiver Training Created to Protect Seniors and Caregivers

California joins several other states, such as Illinois, New Jersey, Washington and Florida to create specific laws to regulate senior caregiver training and the background check process for professional senior caregivers. California's law, titled the "Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act of 2013" was officially signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in October of 2013 and enforcement of some of the specifics of the law, such as caregiver training, begins in January of 2016.

Senior care companies needing digital training to meet this requirement may contact Caregiverlist at 312-669-8821 for information and a custom digital training resource.

California Assembly Bill 1217 Requires:

  • Licenses Customized for Home Care Organizations as Businesses
  • New Home Care Aide Registry to List all Professional Caregivers Working as Home Care Aide
  • Home Care Aides Must Renew Registration Every 2 Years
The new guidelines mandated by California's 1217 bill has been named the "Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act".
The California State Department of Social Services will administer and enforce the requirements and this is why the legislation delays enforcement until January of 2016, in order to build the bureaucracy around it.

California senior home care agencies will now have their business license a bit more customized for senior home care, by requiring:

  • General and Professional Liability Insurance in the amount of at least $1 million dollars per occurrence and $3 million dollars in the aggregate
  • Worker's Compensation Insurance 
  • List of Registered Home Care Aide Workers and Validation Aides 
  • Initial License Fee for 24-Months (2 Years) for a New Home Care Services Company
  • 2-Year Renewal Fee based on Number of Full-Time Employees (FTE's)
  • TB Test for Home Care Aides within 7 Days After Employment and then Every 2 Years
  • 5 Hours of Entry-Level Training for Newly Employed Senior Home Care Aides
  • 5 Hours of Annual Training for Employed Home Care Aides
The California Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act identifies the specific caregiver training required for senior home care aides in section 1796.44 of the legislation under Article 8 titled Affiliated Home Care Aides.

As 10,000 Americans turn age 65 each day, and life expectancy continues to climb upwards, senior care professionals have predicted that more seniors will prefer to age-in-place in their own home or in the home of an adult child.  Hospitals have also indicated that they believe that within the next decade, much of their care will be monitored in the home using technology to monitor vital signs and performing an equivalent of a Skype video call to allow the nurses and doctors to engage with the patient and daily intervals.

California's senior caregiver training law will most likely be joined by additional states soon.  The caregiver training and caregiver registry are the most valuable aspects of this legislation for seniors as most all senior home care agencies already followed the majority of the guidelines this new law requires.

The California Senior Caregiver will also now be called a Home Care Aide and this designation can be slightly different and called a "personal care aide" or "certified caregiver" as well.

Caregivers working in California most likely have already been trained in the skills mandated by Assembly Bill Number 1217. However, these caregivers will need to now have annual training consisting of 5 hours to show they are maintaining these skills.
Annual California caregiver training must relate to core competencies outlined by the legislation as:

  • Clients' Rights and Safety
  • How to Provide for and Respond to a Client's Daily Living Needs
  • How to Report, Prevent and Detect Abuse and Neglect
  • How to Assist a Client with Personal Hygiene and other Home Care Services
  • How to Safely Transport a Client (if Transportation is Required)

This caregiver training may be completed through an online program.  The Caregiver Training University Basic Caregiver Training does provide training meeting the California home care aide training requirements. Senior care companies in California can also subscribe to the senior home care agency caregiver training portal to easily train their caregiving staff and provide easy-to-use reporting. As more senior caregivers are already needed, anyone interested in working as a professional caregiver may take the online home care aide training course and apply for a caregiving job to be considered by professional senior care companies in their area who are always hiring.  Need easy-to-administer professional caregiver training? Email susan@caregiverlist.com or call Caregiverlist at 312-669-8821.





Embracing Change: Stress Relief Photo for Senior Caregivers

Change is in the air, as summer has faded to autumn. Senior care training assists caregivers to better manage a senior's care needs and manage caregiver stress. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and caring for our seniors. This week's stress relief photo was taken at Chartwell, Winston Churchill's home near Westerham in Kent, England. Please enjoy and feel free to share the photo and inspirational quote with loved ones. We hope you have a great week.


"Continuity give us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow to reach new heights." 

-Pauline Kezer

California Governor Makes Assisted Suicide Legal

Senior caregivers working as professional caregivers can share many stories of seniors and their families who have struggled with when to embrace hospice care and accept the process of dying.  Aging gracefully comes with accepting mental, emotional and physical health realities that do not arrive wrapped in gracefulness.  

America's seniors receive either Medicare health care or Medicaid (for low-income seniors with few assets). If a senior has been diagnosed with a terminal condition with two years or less to live, they may accept hospice care.  Hospice care respects the dignity of the senior to maintain their comfort as they journey through their illness, accepting their body will eventually be unable to function without assistance and accepting that they do not want additional assistance to remain alive.

As advances in medicine and technology are allowing us to live longer, the new questions arising are focused on how do we want these longer years to be?  The recent best-selling book "Being Mortal" by Atul Gawande, a medical doctor (and excellent writer), focuses on how we should begin the conversations with our loved ones on how we want to age.

California's law joins the law in the state of Oregon to give their residents the right to "death with dignity".  This week Governor Jerry Brown stepped forward to sign the bill his state's assembly had approved.  The governor accepted the opposition of some in order to respect the right for mentally competent adults who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness with six months or less to live to have the choice to accept lethal prescriptions.

Hospice caregivers who have been with someone dying can share stories of hearing the death rattle noises coming from a terminal patient as they lose their ability to swallow.  Doctors, nurses and hospice professionals who support the death with dignity movement bring an approach to care that supports caring for someone as they are dying by providing comfort, just as we try to provide comfort when caring for those who will recover from an illness.

Barbara Coombs Lee, a nurse who serves as the president of Compassion & Choices, shares the story of Brittany Maynard, who through her terminal cancer diagnosis stepped up to be the force behind the movement to change the laws in California to allow for residents to choose to die with dignity.  She wanted her family caregivers to know that she had planned ahead for a dignified death.

Brittany's video had 100 million views.  You can learn more about Compassion & Choices initiative to support death with dignity in additional states in the U.S.A. 

Peaceful Evening on the Pacific for Caregiver Stress Relief

The beach, with daylight fading away, and waves crashing, is a beautiful and relaxing place. This week's photo was taken on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua. 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. Have a great week.


"Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly."  -Van Morrison

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