Stress Relief Photo: Summer Night in the City

The refreshing sight of a fountain is one of the joys of summer. This is a beautiful new one in the city of Chicago. We invite you to take a moment to enjoy the photo and the inspirational quote and share them with loved ones. Caregivers provide companionship and caregiving to seniors, and must remember to "care for the caregiver." Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and caring for our seniors. Have a great week. 


"Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom."  -Aristotle

Dusk in Brazil: Stress Relief Photo

This week's stress relief photo was taken in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is the view overlooking the city, from the Christ the Redeemer statue, just before the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics. Caregiverlist invites 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.


"For every ailing foot, there is a slipper." -Brazilian Proverb

Greek Island View for Caregiver Stress Relief

This week we gather with family and friends to celebrate our nation's independence. We hope you have a safe and happy Fourth of July. Caregivers provide companionship and caregiving to seniors, and must remember to "care for the caregiver." Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and caring for our seniors. This week's stress relief photo was taken in the town of Oia, on the Greek island of Santorini. We invite you to take a moment to enjoy the photo and the inspirational quote and share them with loved ones. Have a great week. 


"Be moderate in order to taste the joys of life in abundance." -Epicurus

Stress Relief Photo: Summer Evening at the Lake

It is officially starting to feel like summer and it is time to enjoy the longer days and warm evenings. Caregivers provide companionship and caregiving to seniors, and must remember to "care for the caregiver." Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and caring for our seniors. This week's stress relief photo was taken in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. We invite you to take a moment to enjoy the photo and the inspirational quote and share them with loved ones. We hope you have a great week. 


"A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, 
making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles."
-Washington Irving

Flowers for Remembrance: Stress Relief Photo

This week's stress relief photo was taken in St. James's Park in London, England. The red poppies are a beautiful symbol of remembrance, and today we remember those who have served our country. Caregiverlist invites 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 enjoyed a nice Memorial Day weekend with family and friends and have a great week.


"Pleasure is the flower that passes; remembrance, the lasting perfume."
-Jean de Boufflers

Caregiver Stress Relief: Chicago Blossoms

Caregivers provide companionship and caregiving to seniors, and must remember to "care for the caregiver." Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and caring for our seniors. This week's stress relief photo was taken in the Chicago Women's Park in the South Loop area of Chicago, Illinois. The time to savor these delicate blossoms is fleeting, so I love to admire them as much as I can. We invite you to take a moment to enjoy the photo and the inspirational quote and share them with loved ones. We hope you have a great week. 


"It's the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all."
-Laura Ingalls Wilder

Stress Relief Photo: Calming Shades of Blue in Malta

Caregivers provide companionship and caregiving to seniors, and must remember to "care for the caregiver." 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 Comino Island, Malta, near the beautiful Blue Lagoon. We invite you to take a moment to enjoy the photo and the inspirational quote and share them with loved ones. We hope you have a Happy Easter, a blessed Passover, and a wonderful week. 


"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."
-Mahatma Gandhi

Modern Caregiver Training for Senior Caregivers

Caring for seniors includes understanding age-related illnesses and the techniques proving successful in providing for care in each situation. Senior care companies can easily train all of their caregivers by enrolling them in just 2-clicks and caregivers keep their log-in to easily revisit the training and obtain renewal training for annual state certification requirements.

Caregivers may now enjoy digital caregiver training showcasing real-life skills to incorporate into their senior caregiving services, such as this scene from the movie Still Alice where the nursing home uses baby-dolls to keep the seniors with Alzheimer's disease comforted and engaged. Purchase individual Caregiver Training or Contact Caregiverlist for COMPANY CAREGIVER EMPLOYEE TRAINING in Bundles of training passes that do not expire and are smart-phone and tablet-friendly.

Online caregiver training by Caregiver Training University incorporates modern tools to provide skills you can implement to provide quality senior care for age-related illnesses, such as baby-doll therapy showcased in the movie Still Alice. Caregivers stay engaged in training incorporating audio + photos + videos.

Senior care companies may call 312-669-8821 for a demo of the digital caregiver training sold in cost-effective bundles which do not expire and are current with digital technology. Or email: susan@caregiverlist.com

Staying Alive vs. Living Life

My 100-year-old Grandma Martha may be nearing the end of her life. While she has lived a long life we are reminded that she is from a generation that really does not talk about death. Her generation had a life expectancy of age 75. 

Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter wrote an article for The New York Times this month titled "First, Sex Ed. Then Death Ed". She shares the statistic that 80% of Americans would prefer to die at home, but only 20% actually do. She notes that often people in intensive care units may be restrained and have no idea they are dying. You can read more of Dr. Zitter's articles on her website.

Grandma has a pacemaker which has extended her life. But she also has macular degeneration which has caused her to lose most of her vision. Losing your eyesight dramatically impacts your quality of life. Which lead her to tell her doctor to only give her a "2-year battery" for her pacemaker last year. How do we better plan for death?

How do we decide to say "no" to medical procedures which may extend our life but not improve a diminished quality of life caused by a health condition which cannot be cured? 

My father, at age 79, is also living life right now by volunteering in Ecuador. He just shared his whitewater rafting photos.


That's Dad in the back seat of the raft, hanging with the 20-year-old's.

My Dad is still living life, for sure. He has mentioned more than a few times that the adventure travel company assigned him a 26-year old lady from Argentina to accompany him to be sure he could manage. See, not everything about aging is negative! There are no right answers to some questions. We have to find the best possible answer for ourselves. The spirit of life pulls us forward. My Grandma still has the fight in her and we can see that and are assisting her to keep on going in all ways possible. 

She is still living life. With a whole lot of help from family members and doctors and nurses and nursing aides and caregivers and friends. She still has a very sharp mind and memory. But she also is living with pain each day, which we cannot take away.

Starting the conversation about how we would like to experience aging and what we would not want done to extend our life if the quality of life will not be there should become a part of our care plan for senior care. Medical technology has allowed us to do what could not be done before for physical care and we need to become modern enough to discuss the emotional components of aging and caregiving as well.

Senior care companies and senior caregivers can begin the conversation about death with adult children by sharing stories of scenarios of aging that are positive and negative. By talking about death we can spark new ideas and solutions to learn how to age in a way that truly allows someone to not only be alive but to be living life.

Indiana Nursing Home Cost Infographic for January 2017

CaregiverlistĀ® has released the January 2017 daily costs of nursing homes in Indiana. The 558 Indiana nursing homes have an average cost of $180 per day, or $67,500 per year for a semi-private room. They have an average CaregiverlistĀ® Star Rating of 2.6 out of 5 stars. Indiana's nursing home rates are among the lowest in the area; only Illinois' nursing home averages are lower at $166 per day. Michigan's nursing homes are the priciest in the area with an average cost of $229 per day for a semi-private room.

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