Bright New Horizons: Stress Relief Photo

Happy 2017! It is time for the hopes and resolutions that come with each January. 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 on North Avenue Beach in Chicago as a new day dawns. Please enjoy and feel free to share the photo and inspirational quote with loved ones. We wish you a joyous and healthy new year! 


"Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, 
and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties."  -Helen Keller

Tidings of Comfort and Joy: Stress Relief Photo

We hope you have enjoyed a joyful holiday weekend and are able to cherish precious time with family and friends. 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 was taken in London, England. 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 last week of 2016. Happy New Year! 


"Do small things with great love."  -Mother Teresa

Illinois Nursing Home Costs and Star Ratings Updated

Illinois is known as the Prairie State, Land of Lincoln and home to Chicago, the Windy City (also home to Caregiverlist® headquarters.) If you are a senior, you can expect to pay an average of $5,050 per month for a share room in an Illinois nursing home, while the average monthly private room cost is $6,326. Illinois is the 15th least expensive state in Caregiverlist’s® national nursing home cost database, with a shared room rate of $166 per day and has an average star rating of 2.6 out of 5.

Senior care planning includes understanding costs of nursing homes, along with their overall ratings. Caregiverlist® updates our nursing home cost database so seniors and their families can get an idea of long-term care costs in their area.

Below is a snapshot of Illinois nursing home costs and ratings: December, 2016

Caregiverlist® Illinois Nursing Home Rating and Cost Index
Total Number of Nursing Homes: 823
Average Cost of Private Room for Illinois: $208
Average Cost of Shared Room for Illinois: $166
Average Star-Rating: 2.6

Illinois Nursing Home Star-Rating Results
5-Star: 29
4-Star: 202
3-Star: 378
2-Star: 146
1-Star: 68

You can also see how Illinois rates compare to neighboring states in our Illinois Nursing Home Cost Infographic for December 2016.

Which is the highest rated nursing home in Illinois? The Illinois nursing home with the highest Caregiverlist® Nursing Home Rating for which we have a daily cost is Tabor Hills Health Care in Naperville, Illinois. While its shared room daily price of $258 is higher than the average price of $166 for a semi-private nursing home room in Illinois, it’s 4.8 star rating is significantly higher than the state average of 2.6.

Most people don’t know how much nursing home care costs and few people think of the cost of care until it’s too late to plan. Caregiverlist® can provide a care plan to find senior care options in Illinois and help you learn about the costs for senior care.

Seniors and their family caregivers can research nursing home costs and ratings in any state nationwide through the Caregiverlist® Nursing Home Directory, the only resource with this trademarked information. I

Illinois Nursing Home Cost Infographic for December 2016

Caregiverlist® has released the updated daily costs of nursing homes in Illinois for December 2016. The 823 nursing homes have an average cost of $166 per day for a semi-private room and have an average Caregiverlist® Star Rating of 2.6 out of 5 stars. Illinois' neighboring state of Wisconsin is the most expensive in the area, with an average daily nursing home cost of $212, while Missouri's nursing homes have the least expensive nursing homes in the area at $126 per day for a shared room.

Who are Senior Caregivers? Statistics on Caregiving

Caregivers dedicate their time, energy, strength and patience to provide care as paid professional caregivers and as family caregivers.

But what exactly do the demands of the caregiving job entail for the caregiver? To what extent are these tasks affecting their lives? In hopes of spreading awareness on the challenges and struggles that caregivers face, ALTCP.org shares 18 enlightening facts about caregivers.

Caregivers may obtain online training to assist them to deliver safe care and to learn how to manage the emotional aspects of caregiving. As more senior caregivers are needed, for both part-time and full-time caregiving positions, anyone interested in working as a professional caregiver may submit a pre-qualification job application to be considered for positions near them.


Washington DC Nursing Home Costs and Star Ratings Updated

Washington, D.C.— our nation’s capital — is a small area. And as such, it is home to the fewest nursing homes in the nation, 18 (tied with Alaska.) The Census Bureau estimates that in 2015,11.5% of the 672,000 D.C. population was over 65. Nursing home space in D.C. is at a premium, a fact that seniors should keep in mind when looking at long-term skilled nursing care.

Washington D.C. seniors and their families should be aware of the cost of nursing homes in their area. Washington, D.C. has the 4th costliest nursing homes in the nation, behind Alaska, New York, and Connecticut. The average daily price of a double room is $317, or $9,642 per month. However, you’ll find many quality nursing homes in Washington, D.C.. Over half of the area’s 18 nursing homes are rated 4 stars or better (out of 5 stars.)

Here’s a snapshot of the Caregiverlist® Nursing Home Index for Washington, D.C. for November 2016

Total Number of Nursing Homes: 18

Average Single Price: $340
Average Double Price: $317
Average Rating: 3.3

Star Rating Snapshot:
5-Star: 1
4-Star: 12
3-Star: 4
2-Star: 1
1-Star: 0

You can also see Washington, D.C. nursing home costs at-a-glance with our Washington, D.C. Nursing Home Cost infographic.

Which is the Washington, D.C. nursing home with the highest overall star rating? The Washington, D.C. nursing home with the highest Caregiverlist® rating is Knollwood Military Retirement Residence, a Continuing Care Community. What began as a cost-effective retirement community for widows of Army officers, it expanded its eligibility to other female relatives of retired Army officers, not solely wives. According to its website, in 1989, eligibility for residency was extended to couples, retired male and female officers of all branches of the uniformed services and eventually the male family members of retired officers.

Senior care costs, especially those incurred by long-term nursing home stay, is something most people don’t think about until it’s too late, usually after the Medicare-paid first 100 days of post-hospital rehabilitation. A good place for families to begin anticipating future costs is by talking to a professional and coming up with a financial action plan. Caregiverlist® can provide a care plan to find senior home care agency options in Washington, D.C. and help you learn about the costs for senior care. Seniors and their family caregivers can also research nursing home costs and ratings in any state nationwide through the Caregiverlist® Nursing Home Directory, the only resource with this trademarked information.

Autumn Gold: Stress Relief Photo

We were lucky to have enjoyed a long and warm autumn here in Chicago. This week's stress relief photo was taken in in the late afternoon in Grant Park, in the heart of the city. We invite you to take a moment to enjoy the photo and the inspirational quote and feel free to 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. We hope you have a great week, safe travels, and a very Happy Thanksgiving.


"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace." 
-Jimi Hendrix

Wisconsin Nursing Home Costs and Star Ratings Updated

I used to spend my summers in Wisconsin. Those nights were filled with lakefront bonfires, days at the Dells, and evening fish boils. Now, I visit Milwaukee for its world-class (and beautiful) art museum on Lake Michigan and lunch at Lakefront Brewery. And let's not forget about the one and only House on the Rock. There’s a lot to love in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin’s elderly population—age 65 and over—will have increased from 77,500 in 2010 to 1,535,500 in 2040, nearly doubling in 30 years. The very elderly population—age 85 and over—will have risen steadily from 118,500 in 2010 to 145,500 in 2025, then nearly double to 283,500 in the following fifteen years increasing—140 percent, according to David Egan-Robertson at UW-Madison Applied Population Laboratory. It is estimated that about one in eight people age 85 or older (13 percent) resided in institutions like nursing homes.

Caregiverlist® estimates the average annual price of a semi-private room in a Wisconsin nursing home is $212 per day, which translates to $77,380 per year or about $6,448 per month. The average daily price of a private nursing home in a Wisconsin is $236, or $7,178 per month or $86,140 annually. While Wisconsin’s nursing homes are the 18th costliest in the nation, Wisconsin is home to the most expensive nursing homes in the Midwest. Neighboring states Illinois, Minnesota, and Michigan all have lower daily nursing home rates and adjacent Iowa’s average shared nursing home room rate is $142 per day.

Below is a snapshot of Wisconsin nursing home costs and ratings. You can also see our findings on our Wisconsin nursing home cost infographic.

Total Number of Nursing Homes: 417

Average Single Price: $236
Average Double Price: $212
Average Rating: 3.1 (out of 5)

Star Rating Snapshot:
5-Star: 29
4-Star: 202
3-Star: 135
2-Star: 25
1-Star: 26

The nursing home talk is a difficult one and most families avoid the discussion until the need is imminent. We believe an informed consumer is in the best position to make those critical long-term care choices. Wisconsin seniors and their families should understand the costs of nursing homes in their chosen area, along with their overall ratings. Hospitals often discharge the senior to a nursing home for post-hospital stay rehabilitation after a stroke or major surgery. If the senior’s stay is longer than the Medicare-covered 100 days, those costs becomes private pay.

In-home caregiving can be an attractive option if 24-hour care is not needed. In home care agency caregivers are also fully vetted, insured, and taxed, per federal requirements.

“The cost (of in-home senior care) is variable, but usually less expensive than an assisted living,” says Jeff Huguet, Caring Partner at Nurse Next Door Home Care Services in Green Bay. “Unlike a nursing home, which can have a ratio of 20-40 patients for each caregiver or a 20/1 or a 40/1 ratio, our home care service is 1 client-1 caregiver. That 1/1 ration allows us to focus all of our energy on the client, in their home. The costs can be as low as $60/week to an average of $1,500-$2,500/month, costs can be higher if the patient needs Skilled Nursing Care, but it will still be generally less than most nursing homes.”

Every family has to determine their own breaking point between cost and level of care. We recommend you consult with a professional who can come up with a financial action plan to anticipate future long-term care costs. They will help assess your future spending needs. Seniors and their family caregivers can research nursing home costs and ratings in any state nationwide through the Caregiverlist® Nursing Home Directory, the only resource with this trademarked information.

Professional Caregiver Training for Senior Care with P.A.C. Membership

How do you become a senior caregiver? As long as you naturally have a caring personality and an appreciation for the aging journey seniors are dealing with (a journey we all hope to be fortunate enough to make someday), then you just need to educate yourself on some proven skills that make caregiving a positive experience for both the senior and the caregiver.

The Professional Association of Caregivers assists you to learn the basic caregiving skills with an online course while keeping up with senior care industry news and you'll receive a t-shirt and lapel pin along with the training. You may also apply for a caregiving job on Caregiverlist to begin working as a companion caregiver.


Washington, D.C. Nursing Home Cost Infographic for November 2016

Caregiverlist has released the updated daily costs of nursing homes in Washington, D.C. for November 2016. The 18 nursing homes in the District of Columbia have an average cost of $317 per day for a semi-private room and have an average Caregiverlist Star Rating of 3.3 out of 5 stars. Washington, D.C.'s nursing homes are the 4th costliest in the nation, just ahead of Hawaii. D.C.'s  neighboring state nursing homes are less expensive, with Maryland's average daily cost $255 and Virginia's cost $192 per day for a shared room.


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