Summertime in Luzern: Stress Relief Photo

A summertime walk in a beautiful place is always relaxing. This week's photo features the famous flower-bedecked Chapel Bridge, on the lake in Luzern, Switzerland. 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.  

"A bridge can still be built, while the bitter waters are flowing beneath."  -Anthony Liccione

Walk to the Waterfall: Stress Relief Photo

How refreshing it is when you first see a waterfall and then feel the cool spray on your face. This week's photo was taken in England on the grounds of Blenheim Palace, the home of the Duke of Marlborough, and the birthplace of Winston Churchill. 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.

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall."  -Confucius

Morning at the Greenmarket

More joys of the summer season include an abundance of fresh, vibrantly colored fruits. They are healthy, delicious and a feast for the eyes. This week's stress relief photo was taken at a farmer's market in Chicago, Illinois. Please enjoy the photo and the quote and feel free to share them with loved ones. Caregivers provide companionship to seniors, as well as caregiving and caregivers 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.

"Don't be afraid to go out on a limb. That's where the fruit is."  -H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Afternoon in an English Garden

At Caregiverliswe know the realities of caregiver stress. 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 Regent's Park in London, and shows a garden in all its summer glory. What a simple and peaceful thing a walk in a beautiful garden can be. Please enjoy and feel free to share the photo and inspirational quote with loved ones. Have a great week. 

"Each moment of the year has its own beauty....a picture which was never before

and shall never be seen again."  -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Leisurely Day on the Lake

Summertime is here, and with that the time to get outside and enjoy the world around us. This week's photo was taken of a fountain on the lake in Zürich, Switzerland. Caregiverlisinvites you to enjoy the photo and quote and share them 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 had an enjoyable holiday weekend and have a great week.  

"Keep your face towards the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you."  -Walt Whitman

California Colors: Stress Relief Photo

The colors of a beautiful sunset will makes most people stop and admire them. This week's photo was taken in Santa Monica, California. 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, and an enjoyable Fourth of July weekend.  
 

"Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer the goal." -Elbert Hubbard

Summer in Spain: Stress Relief Photo

Summer, and the longest days of the year are here. It is time to enjoy the flowers and other joys of the season. This week's stress relief photo was taken in Alicante, Spain. Please enjoy the photo and the quote and feel free to share them with loved ones. Caregivers provide companionship to seniors, as well as caregiving and caregivers 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.

"Tomorrow is always fresh. Make no mistakes in it yet."  -Anne Shirley

The Senior Caregiver Turnover Problem

Ask anyone who has anything to do with senior care about the biggest challenge facing the industry right now and you’ll get this answer: caregiver turnover.

Why is it such a problem? Have you ever dealt with the elderly? Let’s say you don’t like change — your favorite grocer goes out of business, your dry cleaner moves — annoying as hell but not exactly life-changing. Now imagine it’s the person who helps you with your activities of daily living — the person who bathes you, who feeds you, who wipes your bum — that kind of personnel change can be terribly, well, personal. Now imagine you are elderly, frail, and extremely vulnerable. That kind of change can shake you to your core.

As a senior care employer, caregiver turnover affects the bottom line. It costs to hire new caregivers, to recruit and interview them, run background checks, and train them to care for their senior clients. It costs home care agencies approximately $3,500 to replace one hourly employee.

Turnover rates for private duty in-home caregivers have been steadily increasing, from 39.4% in 2009 to 61.5% in 2014, according to Home Care Pulse’s 2015 Private Duty Benchmarking Study. Annual turnover rate can vary between 60% to 100% from state to state, according to research from the Institute for the Future of Aging Services.

Increasing caregiver shortages for long-term care demands we find out why caregiver turnover is so high and seek remedies to keep quality in-home caregivers happy and on the job. 

There are many theories as to why caregiver turnover is so high. Of course, most studies show that low wages, lack of benefits, and no overtime pay contributes greatly to senior caregiver discontent. Since 2000, there has been a 23% increase in home health care employment, while salaries have remained the same at about $21,000 a year, according to research conducted by the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State University.

The National Private Duty Association has said that requiring employers to pay time-and-a-half for overtime could mean that some seniors will have to have more than one caretaker because they require more than 40 hours of care a week, or costs for the family would be so high, seniors would not receive all the help they need.

What would help with in-home caregiver retention, besides higher pay?

We at Caregiverlist hear from a lot of caregivers. Of course, caregivers cite better pay as a big contributor to better care, other factors are also important. Here are some suggestions in-home caregivers have for senior care agencies that would entice caregiver retention:

Offer Ongoing Training
No one wants to feel stuck in a rut. By receiving ongoing training, caregivers feel supported and know that they are developing their professional skills. The majority of caregiver turnover occurs in the first 60 days of employment, most likely due to lack of confidence in being able to provide competent care. Training increases that confidence.

Give Recognition
No one goes into senior care to become rich. Caregivers are interested in helping people and most go into the job because they had experience with family caregiving. A simple “Thank You” and acknowledgement of a job well done can increase caregiver satisfaction.

Provide Mentorship and Community
In-home caregiving can be a solitary endeavor. Of course relationships are built between caregiver and client, but it’s nice to know that one is not alone in the challenges and successes experienced as a caregiver. Providing opportunities to share caregiving stories, brainstorm solutions to common problems, and find professional camaraderie may help agencies retain quality senior caregivers.

If you are a senior caregiver, what would help keep you on the job? Share your ideas in the comments section.

La Dolce Vita: Italy for Stress Relief

Water and mountains combined for a relaxing view, even with a few clouds. This week's photo was taken from a boat on Lake Como, Italy, a wonderful place. 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.  

"A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle."  -Italian Proverb

Ready for Lunch in Paradise

At Caregiverliswe know the realities of caregiver stress. 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. There is not much nicer than sitting outside on a beautiful day in an amazing place. This week's photo invites us to imagine that. It was taken on the island of Santorini in Greece, a place with stunning scenery. Please enjoy and feel free to share the photo and inspirational quote with loved ones. Have a great week. 

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."  -Mark Twain

 

 

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