A Relaxing Moment in Chicago for Your Caregiver Stress Relief

Sometimes the most beautiful sights can be found right around us if we take the time to look. 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 was taken in Humboldt Park, a gem of a park here in Chicago. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides 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. Have a great week. 

"Stress is the trash of modern life - we all generate it but if you don't dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life."  -Terri Guillemets

Caregiver Stress Relief Photo of the Week: Gateway to the Scottish Highlands

Taking time to reflect and relieve our stress is important for all of us.  This week's photo was taken at Gleneagles golf course in Perthshire, Scotland.  It is beautiful place even if you do not play golf. Caregiverlist invites all family caregivers and professional caregivers to take a moment for relaxation with our photo of the week and inspirational quote. Please enjoy and feel free to share this photo with friends and family.  Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for caring for our seniors.   We can provide resources to help care for the caregiver. Senior care training assists caregivers to better manage a senior's care needs and manage caregiver stress. Have a great week. 
  

"Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop."  -Ovid

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 takes us back to England, and St. Ives in Cornwall, at the start of a beautiful day. Feel free to share this photo with your loved ones. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides 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. Have a great week, and enjoy the holiday with your friends and family.

"My body needs laughter as much as it needs tears.  Both are cleansers of stress."                    -Mahogany SilverRain

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. Summer is finally here! This week's photo features a day on the beach on the southern coast of England.  Feel free to share this photo with your loved ones. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides 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. Have a great week. 

"Tension is who you think you should be.  Relaxation is who you are."  -Chinese Proverb

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 takes us Alicante, Spain, and recalls a relaxing afternoon by the sea. Feel free to share this photo with your loved ones. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides 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. Have a great week. 

"Releasing the pressure, it's good for the teapot and the water.  Try it sometime."    -Jeb Dickerson

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. I hope you are all enjoying a pleasant holiday weekend. For this week's photo we are by the lake in Skaneateles, New York.  Feel free to share this photo with your loved ones. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides 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. Have a great week. 

 

"Friends are flowers in the garden of life."  -Proverb

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 was taken in the beautiful Italian Gardens in Hyde Park in London, England.  Feel free to share this photo with your loved ones. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides 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. Have a great week. 

 

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." - Lao Tzu

Caregiver Pay: Are You Living Paycheck to Paycheck?

America’s minimum wage debate continues to spark conflict. The Federal minimum wage proposal has stalled in Congress, languishing while both sides of the aisle dispute the law’s costs and benefits, pitting low income (mostly female) earners against beleaguered small business owners and big business profit margins.  Caregiver pay remains higher than minimum wage but can still be a challenge - take the survey at the bottom of this post.

The HBO Documentary: Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert puts a name to the face of the female low-wage earner. Ms. Gilbert is a Certified Nursing Assistant, working 40 hours per week in a Tennessee nursing home, raising three children as a single woman. Filmed over the course of a year in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where minimum wage is $7.25. Gilbert’s hourly wage in the documentary is $9.49 (raised 14 cents an hour two years after filming ended) and is, as the documentary clearly illustrates, far below a comfortable living wage, especially when one is the primary breadwinner for a family of four. Although her job as a C.N.A. is above the minimum wage level, expenses force her to make choices for her family that many of us can imagine needing to make. She regularly gives up filling her own medical prescriptions in order to pay rent, car insurance and daycare. Because she has no paid sick days, if one of the children falls ill and needs to stay home, that loss of income can devastate the family budget. She is full of anxiety when she learns her family will lose its food stamps — the one reliable safety net to ensure all her children are fed.

 

Produced in association with 'The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink’, a multi-platform project is an initiative that “illuminates the day-to-day challenges of millions of working poor women in America today.” 42 million women (one in three) in America and the 28 million children who depend on them are living in poverty or on the brink. Executive producer Maria Shriver, during a live town hall event, remarked to Oprah Winfrey that women like Ms. Gilbert are the new face of poverty. "People who live paycheck to paycheck, they don't look like they're a bum on the street," Shriver says. "They're the person sitting next to you in a cubicle." Shriver’s goal? Building women’s economic empowerment.

Some states are fully cognizant of the needs of the low income wage earner and are taking steps to increase minimum wage regardless of federal mandate.

As Caregiverlist recently reported, the Connecticut General Assembly passed a bill to raise the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017. Maryland’s House passed a bill that would raise its wage to $10.10 an hour earlier this month, and Hawaii is expected to pass the legislature in April to raise its minimum wage to at least $10 an hour. ThinkProgress.org has provided a handy infographic showing the states that are currently considering a minimum wage increase or have passed one within the last year. Five other states have considered a $10.10 wage and four are looking at $10. People argue that wage would put it in line with where it would be if it had kept up with inflation since the 1960s. And though conservatives argue that higher wages will result in job loss, the following states increased their minimum wage and actually saw higher employment numbers: Rhode Island, Colorado, Montana, Vermont, Arizona, Oregon, Florida, Washington, Ohio and New York.

In Europe, Swiss voters will decide a referendum that would create a national minimum wage (there is no minimum wage present now) of 22 Swiss francs ($24.99) per hour. If approved, Switzerland will be home to the highest minimum wage in the world. There too, supporters say “the minimum wage will help elevate the country’s 330,000 mostly female low-wage workers who struggle to make ends meet in the high-priced country.” Elsewhere, Germany recently decided to raise its minimum hourly wage to 8.50 euros ($11.69), and the UK’s will increase to 6.31 pounds ($10.55).

Would the proposed minimum wage hike have any real impact on the life of someone like Ms. Gilbert, detractors ask. “I wouldn’t mind if it was $60,” she says. “Even if it was a tank of gas.” Asked what’s the single economic change would affect her life the most, Ms. Gilbert doesn’t hesitate. “I think that raising the minimum wage… sick days would be great.”

What do you think? Would raising the minimum wage affect your life? What other measures could federal or state governments mandate to make a difference to your quality of life?

TAKE THE CAREGIVER PAY SURVEY 

Paycheck-to-Paycheck HBO Documentary Profile a Certified Nursing Aide Employee

Certified Nursing Aides are the backbone of caregiving in nursing homes and other senior care facilities.  But their pay continues to be the lowest for any nursing home employee.  Maria Shriver and Oprah Winfrey are showcasing the issue of low pay in the HBO Documentary titled "Paycheck to Paycheck:  The Life and Times..."

In this documentary, Certified Nursing Aide Katrina Gilbert is followed as she juggles a full-time "back-breaking job" and raises 3 children as a single Mom.  Daily work as a C.N.A. requires constant movement and assisting seniors with meals, bathing and activities.  While working as a nursing aide requires professional training, once the job begins, the nursing aide is in the lowest paying position at a senior care facility and often works on holidays and picks up extra schedules.  Katrina's pay is $9.54 per hour and she did receive a pay increase of .14 cents per hours, the documentary notes at the end.

Caregivers providing one-on-one care in a home average $10 per hour pay and above and have the advantage of working with just one senior.  Nursing homes may provide more benefits as they may be part of a larger corporation, but not always.

Learn how to become a senior caregiver and for those seeking to become a C.N.A., remember that this is the first step in becoming a L.P.N. or R.N.

 

 

 

 

 

Rainbow in Wales 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 was taken at Caernarfon Castle in Wales.  Nature gives us magical moments that we sometimes just have to stop and savor, even on a rainy day. Feel free to share this photo with your loved ones. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides 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.

 

"Sometimes it's important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it's essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow." ~Douglas Pagels, These Are the Gifts I'd Like to Give to You

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