Senior Caregiver Summer Photo Contest Winners (Part 2)

CNAs, CHHAs, professional caregivers, and family caregivers were invited to participate in a summer-long contest on the Caregiverlist Facebook page and the photos were heartwarming. The winners of our first-ever Summer Photo Contest for Senior Caregivers were announced yesterday. In that blog, we highlighted our first-place winner (based on the number of votes per photo), Christi M., who won with 877 votes.

Today we highlight the other two of our top 3 winners.

Edward Hatfield, second-place winner for his photo submission, “Our Wedding Day,” with 848 votes.
Mr. Hatfield will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

My name is Edward Hatfield. I am 50 years old and disabled. I have a rare form of arthritis called Ankylosing Spondylitis which causes bone fusion. My neck and spine are fused. As part of this disease I also have Degenerative Joint Disease. Before my disability got bad I was a crisis- alcohol- and drug-respite counselor for about 12 years.

I am married to my wonderful wife Susan who is also disabled with Spina Bifida. She means the world to me and is one of the sweetest loving persons I know. Due to her having Spina Bifida, she developed a severe bed sore on her tailbone. She was hospitalized twice due to a severe infection. I got my First Aid, CPR, and Caregiver Certification so I could take care of her properly. Also who could better take care of her then her husband or a family member to give her the love and care she needs? Being a Caregiver means the world to me. A Caregiver has to be a loving and caring person — not someone who just collects a paycheck. I have always loved the healthcare field and helping take care of others. This take a special person.

Caitlin Villasenor, is the third prize winner. Her untitled photo shows multi-generational caregiving and received 420 votes.
Ms. Villasenor will receive a $25 Amazon gift card.

I’ve been a caregiver for the last few years and I have to say it is very rewarding. You really can learn a lot from being a caregiver. First, you are helping those in need which is simply amazing in itself. Also, I’ve found that it is a great way to learn about the past. I’ve heard so many stories about how life used to be. I’ve learned a lot of history, and that’s very rewarding. Finally, I find that I made a life-long friend. I feel that I can talk to them about anything and they really listen. Its some of the most amazing work I have ever done. Sure, sometimes it is really hard and there are days I want to quit, but then I realize I have someone depending on me and needing me and I cannot and will not let them down.

Caregiverlist congratulates all our Summer Photo Contest participants. It takes a special person to become a caregiver. If you know someone who fits the bill, you can still win! Enter our Refer-A-Friend program and you can win a free t-shirt, lapel pin and 10-hour online caregiver training program, or you may win our monthly grand prize — Scrub of the Month, courtesy of Scrubs Magazine.

Caregiver Winners of the Summer Photo Contest Announced

Certified Nursing Aides, CHHAs, professional and family caregivers entered Caregiverlist’s first-ever Summer Photo Contest for Senior Caregivers. We counted the votes were and the winners were announced this morning. The top 3 voted photos submitted of caregivers with the seniors in their care win Amazon gift cards. Runner-ups receive free t-shirts. The contest was conducted on Facebook and ran from Monday, July 8, 2013 until voting closed on August 31, 2013. You can see the results of the voting here.

First prize of a $100 Amazon gift card is awarded to Christi M., whose submission “Clary and I” received 877 votes.

Here's a little bit about her:

I am a 29 year old caregiver in more ways than one. I am a daughter, a wife, a Mom, a Granddaughter, a transporter and a friend of the elderly. During the day my job is to transport the elderly. I am responsible for 6 people at a time. I am responsible for keeping them safe and making sure they arrive to their destination without any trouble. I make sure they trust and know me so they feel safe in my care. I have to admit some days are harder than others since you never know if the patient had their medication or if they are just not in the mood. I always put their needs first and approach everything with a smile. A smile is the best cure and is highly contagious. I transport a gentleman who loves to sing. It is the same song "Take me out to the ballgame" over and over, but it seems to make everyone's day. When I see him sad, I start to sing and he perks right up and starts signing. I believe it reminds him of his childhood.

My day does not end there. I also care for my husband and two children, which is a 24/7 365 days a year job. There is no sick days or vacation days. There is no paychecks or breaks, but I wouldn't give it up for all the money in the world. I also helped take care of my Grandmother, which consisted of changing sheets, cleaning bed pans, sponge baths, dressing, giving medicine, feeding, transporting, long sleepless nights, all while still working. She passed away and if I had it all to do over, I wouldn't change a thing. I would empty a thousand bed pans as long as I knew it was helping someone. To me, being a caregiver is about passion, love, caring, and being selfless. Above all the needs of everyone I care for comes before my own. I remember everyone I have ever cared for and each and everyone of them have touched my heart in one way or another. They have helped mold me into the wonderful caregiver I am today. Caregiving can be both rewarding and challenging at the same time but I wouldn't change it for anything.

Edward Hatfield was a close second with 848 votes for his photo submission, “Our Wedding Day.” Edward will receive a $50 Amazon gift certificate.

Caitlin Villasenor, is the third prize winner of a $25 Amazon gift card. Her untitled photo shows multi-generational caregiving and received 420 votes.

We'll be featuring each of them in upcoming posts.

Senior caregivers provide emotional support and socialization for seniors, enabling many families to continue to support grandparents and parents with quality care in their home. Adult children often do not live in the same city as their aging parents which means caregiving often becomes much more than a job for senior caregivers.

Caregivers perform the essential job functions for their senior clients—from seniors who need 24-hour care to those in nursing facilities. Working as a professional caregiver provides employee benefits along with a fulfilling career. Caregiver Training is crucial to providing professional care. Caregiverlist offers a 10-hour online orientation training course that meets most states' requirements and was created by members of the senior care industry's national association. 

Caregiverlist continues to show the love to caregivers with our Refer-a-Friend program. If you know someone who would make a great caregiver, refer them to Caregiverlist and be entered to win a free t-shirt or $50 gift card.

Caregiverlist congratulates all those who submitted photos of themselves with the seniors in their care.

Caregiverlist Summer Photo Contest Ends August 31

Caregivers, Certified Nursing Aides and Certified Home Health Aides are invited to submit a photo of themselves with the senior clients to the Caregiverlist Summer Photo Contest for Senior Caregivers. Here's an opportunity to showcase your valuable service you provide and show the world just how special the bond is between a caregiver and their senior client or family member. The contest is offered on the Caregiverlist Facebook page and ends on August 31

Submit your photo then share and ask friends and family to vote. Be creative -- have fun! Contest winners will be chosen based on number of votes.

We know that caregiving is a demanding but rewarding job. We want to show the love and award $100, $50 and $25 Amazon gift cards to the top 3 voted photos and free t-shirts to the runners-up. 

So if you haven't yet entered, what are you waiting for? And if you entered or not, go ahead and vote!

Good luck, caregivers!

 

Caregiver Stress Relief Photo of the Week

Caregivers employed with senior care companies know the realities of caregiver stress. Caregiverlist invites all family caregivers and professional caregivers to take a moment for relaxation with our photo of the week and inspirational quote. This week's photo features unique orchids, as a reminder for caregivers to take a moment to relief their daily stress and to celebrate who they are. Thank you for caring for our seniors and please refer your friends to apply for part-time and full-time job positions on www.Caregiverlist.com and visit our career center for additional career tools.

Caregiver Stress Relief Photo Orchids

"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body."

Joseph Addison

 

 

Should Caregivers Wear Scrubs?

Caregiver scrubs as uniforms are clear indications of professionals on the job. Your elderly client can more easily identify you as a caregiver if you present yourself in a caregiver uniform. We think scrubs are ideal for the senior caregiver because they are comfortable, allow for a range of motion and are easily cleaned. And scrubs are a universal symbol identifying the wearer as a member of the healthcare profession.

CNAs and healthcare professionals are in the business of providing care. A set of stylish scrubs can also provide comfort for your senior client by distracting them from any unpleasantness by giving them something else to focus on.

Caregiverlist has partnered with Scrubs Magazine, the nurse’s guide to good living, to offer a Scrub of the Month as a Grand Prize in our Refer-A-Friend program. If you know someone who has what it takes to be a great caregiver (you know the type — good work ethic, reliable, and above all, empathetic), fill out the form and we'll be happy to set them on a career path that offers the ability to make a huge difference in someone's life.

This month’s scrubs are from Cherokee Uniforms. As you can see, they are smart, chic, comfortable, professional and FUN! They are easy to clean and they let the world know that you are skilled and ready to work. You could win the whole outfit — top, bottoms and shoes, when you refer a friend to Caregiverlist.

What do you think? Do you wear scrubs in your daily work as a senior caregiver? If you don’t, what is stopping you?

Caregiver Stress Relief Photo of the Week

Caregivers employed with senior care companies know the realities of caregiver stress. Caregiverlist invites all family caregivers and professional caregivers to take a moment for relaxation with our photo of the week and inspirational quote. This week's photo features palm trees as a reminder for caregivers to take a moment to enjoy their sunny days. Thank you for caring for our seniors and 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.

Caregiver Stress Relief Photo Palm Trees

"Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning."

William A. Ward

Caregiver Hourly Pay Rates: Spring 2013

Caregiverlist breaks down the hourly pay rates, as reported by survey respondents from April, May and June.

Apply for a senior caregiving job today on Caregiverlist.com!

Refer-a-Friend for a senior caregiving job to enter to win $50 or a free t-shirt!

Already a senior caregiver? Enter to win $100, $50 or $25 Amazon gift cards by submitting your senior caregiving photo to the Caregiverlist Summer Photo Contest for Senior Caregivers.

Nursing Home Dental Care May Be Lacking Report Shows

Nursing homes care for senior residents who have a wide variety of care needs.  However, the level of staffing of Certified Nursing Aides to the number of senior residents they are caring for directly impacts the quality of care. You can review the C.N.A. to resident staffing levels in Caregiverlist's easy-to-use Nursing Home Star-Ratings directory.

Dental care for nursing home residents can impact their overall health.  This sort of makes sense, because everything needs more attention as we age and our new cells stop regenerating quickly to replace the old cells. And now we have a little research to back this up.

This means a new question to ask nursing homes when you are considering moving a senior into one for rehabilitation, should be:  "how often do you assist residents to brush their teeth?  And, "what do you do if they are resistance to dental care?"

A survey by the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors says seven states have evaluated nursing home residents since 2011.  The findings show that there may be a growing epidemic in cavities, cracked teeth and gum disease in nursing home residents due to a lack of oral hygiene.

The association report gives the example of Kansas state, where nearly 30% of 540 older residents in 20 long-term-care facilities (that means nursing homes), had substantial oral debris on at least 2/3rds of their teeth and that regular oral care had become scarce.  

In Wisconsin, the report shows that about 31% of 1,100 nursing home residents from 24 different homes had teeth broken to the gums with visible roots, while about 35% had substantial oral debris.

Nursing home care includes dental care and the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 requires brushing the teeth of nursing home residents who cannot do it themselves.  However, this is easier said than done.  As Certified Nursing Aides, or C.N.A.'s, know, if a senior is resistant to assistance, it can be very difficult to brush their teeth for them.  C.N.A.'s are required by law to be staffed at nursing homes to assist with the daily hands-on care.  

Seniors who have neglected their dental care for years prior to be admitted to a nursing home present an additional challenge.  Medicare does not pay for routine dental care.  Perhaps new technology can assist with finding a better way to assist C.N.A.'s to perform dental care in nursing homes.  The family members of seniors should be aware that they may have to step in to assist if the senior does not want to cooperate with the brushing of teeth and oral hygiene.

As assisting senior can be a challenging job, although always fulfilling, there is an ongoing demand for more Certified Nursing Aides - apply for a companion caregiving job in your area (Part-time and Full-time positions are available) and learn about becoming a C.N.A.

 

Senior Caregivers, Share Your Photo!

Senior caregivers, who does't like a little attention? And, who doesn't love some prize money and free T-shirts? The Caregiverlist Summer Photo Contest for Senior Caregivers gives you the recognition you deserve as well as a chance to win $100, $50, $25 Amazon gift cards plus Caregiverlist T-shirts. 

Win money by submitting your senior caregiving photo to the contest, share the contest with your friends and family, and vote daily for your photo through August 31st. Increase your chances of winning by recruiting as many of your friends and family to vote daily for you!

Senior caregiving requires much of your physical and emotional attention, which can be very exhausting. Caregiverlist appreciates the hard work you put into your care, so we want to show our appreciation.

The photo contest can be found on the Caregiverlist Facebook page. Just click on the contest tab, submit your photo on the entry page, and share your photo with your friends and family. Remind them to vote daily-- the top three most voted submissions with receive an Amazon gift card and runner ups will be awarded a Caregiverlist T-shirt.

Good luck, caregivers!

Caregiver Stress Relief Photo of the Week

Caregivers employed with senior care companies know the realities of caregiver stress. Caregiverlist invites all family caregivers and professional caregivers to take a moment for relaxation with our photo of the week and inspirational quote. This week's photo features purple violets that are bright and blooming. Thank you for caring for our seniors and 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.

Caregiver Stress Relief Photo of the week Violets

"There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes."

William J. Bennett

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