San Antonio, Texas Caregiver Wins Refer-a-Friend Monthly Grand Prize for Referring Her Friends to Caregivelist Job Application

Congratulations to the February monthly winner of Caregiverlist Refer-a-Friend and Win program - caregiver Rebeca Torres from San Antonio, TX.

 

Rebeca referred her friends and family for caregiving jobs that are available on Caregiverlist.com, and she won a free stylish scrubs outfit and a pair of shoes, courtesy of Scrubs Magazine. February caregiver winner will receive a chic scrub to look fabulous this spring, as a thank you for taking care of her loved ones, and for making a difference in seniors' lives. Read Rebeca's caregiving story to find out what lead her to caregiving career, and then refer your friends, family and coworkers for professional Caregiving Jobs near you.

 

Senior care companies hire Professional Caregivers, C.N.A.’s, & C.H.H.A.’s weekly from Caregiverlist, the only Caregiver Career Center customized for the senior care industry. Build your professional caregiver resume, and apply for multiple caregiving positions near you online.

 

Refer-a-friend to Caregiverlistand get entered to win a free 8-hour online caregiver training program. A new winner is drawn weekly. One monthly GRAND PRIZE WINNER receives a Scrub of the Month (top, bottoms and pair of shoes), courtesy of Scrubs Magazine.

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Value of Vitamins Questioned in Recent Studies

Senior care shifts can be long and arduous. Taking care of others is hard work and sometimes comes at the expense of taking care of ourselves. Everyone would like to think that there is an easy path — a magic bullet — to self-care. I know I’ve said, “I don’t need to go to the gym, I move mom from her bed to her chair five times a day. I go up and down the stairs all day doing laundry.” But really, that’s no replacement for a good workout with weights and the elliptical.

It’s the same with nutrition. We assume that a good vitamin or supplement can take the place of a healthy diet. Our friends at Scrubs Magazine take a look at recent studies to see if relying on vitamins and supplements is a good idea.

With life and work always seeming to get more and more hectic, it can seem like an easy fix us to turn to multivitamins and supplements to help maintain proper nutrition. But a few new studies suggest that these may not be the best way to go.

In fact, the debate on the usefulness of multivitamins and other supplements has been ongoing for years, and there’s never been a definitive answer. One new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine makes its opinion clear:

“The message is simple: Most supplements do not prevent chronic disease or death, their use is not justified, and they should be avoided,” said an editorial that accompanied the study, according to USA Today. This statement was signed by two researchers from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, a British researcher and one of the journal’s senior editors.

An unrelated study that was published in the same medical journal found that multivitamins taken by heart attack survivors had no effect on the progression of heart disease.

However, studies have also found no harm in standard multivitamins, either directly or indirectly (through causing those who take them to eat worse or otherwise neglect their health).

On a related note, an editorial in The New York Times warns of the risks of giving vitamins and supplements to children. The piece is written by Paul A. Offit, chief of the division of infectious disease at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Sarah Erush, clinical manager in the pharmacy department at the same hospital.

The two point out that dietary supplements are not regulated as drugs by the FDA, and therefore not all of the reactions of specific drugs may be known. Additionally, the authors of the editorial point out that this presents even more of a problem when parents don’t reveal all the supplements their children are taking when they bring them to the hospital.

Of course, there are many on the other side who still endorse the use of vitamins and supplements, and it is unclear if the real benefit and/or risks of every supplement will ever be known.

Caregiverlist wants to know: do you take vitamins and supplements? Do you believe they can take the place of, or at least work in conjunction with healthy eating? Do you sometimes rely too much upon them for your daily nutrition?

Do you eat the same healthy meal you might serve to your senior charge? Let us know in the comments. Do you want to learn more about eldercare nutrition and exercise? Consider purchasing Caregiverlist’s online caregiver training and certification to give you the tools you need to be the best senior caregiver you can be.

Scrubs to Beat the Cold

Cold enough for you? As bitter temps make their way across the country, Scrubs magazine has some suggestions on how to keep stylish and warm during the coldest months.

The Holly and the Ivy

How do you mix red and green without looking too much like an extra in Elf? By toning down these hues so they aren’t quite so “North Pole.” Instead, start with a deep wine red mock wrap top with contrasting black trim. Add a hunter green jacket worn open on top. Black or wine red scrubs pants finish the look.

 

From Day to Evening

Planning to wear your warm-up jacket all through your shift? Then why not choose one that’s a real stunner? Forget red and green. Go for a rich, royal eggplant instead. A snap front style lets you open and close the jacket throughout the day as needed for when you go from freezing cold to just mildly chilly. The shapely cut of this scrubs topper make it an elegant choice for the deep of winter. Wear it over black, white, gold, or green to match your mood.

 

Flip It Like It’s Hot

This is the find of the season—the cutest warm-up jacket on the market. This cardigan-style charmer has a Swiss dot pattern of white and blue on one side with blue and white pinstripes on the other. It’s a cozy, stretchy double face jersey knit for maximum snuggle factor. The waterfall lapels mean you never have to worry about losing a button or getting a zipper snagged. With patch pockets on the stripey side and the spotty side, we bet a lot of nurses are going to stuff these jackets inside and out with gear. Wear it over a crisp white scrubs top to look your best on every shift.

 

Sleek, Stylish and Sweet

And just perfect for Valentine's Day! While some warm-up jackets can be a little baggy, this one is definitely more sporty. The black knit side panels add shape and are visually slimming. Ribbed knit cuffs let you push up your sleeves and get to work right away. The “Unchain My Heart” print has a field of linked hearts tumbling against a black backdrop that appears to be sprinkled with snow flurries. Pair it with a shocking red or pink scrubs top underneath.

 

 

We at Caregiverlist feel that C.N.A.s, Home Health Aides and even companion caregivers should have the opportunity to present a professional image. Refer a friend to Caregiverlist and be entered for a chance to win a stylish set of scrubs (shoes, too!), courtesy of Scrubs Magazine, the nurse's guide to good living.

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 Refer-a-Friend for a Chance to Win Prizes!

Simply provide us with your friend's name and email address and you will be entered into a monthly and weekly giveaway.

Monthly Grand Prize Winner: Scrub of the Month (top, bottoms and pair of shoes), courtesy of Scrubs Magazine.

Weekly Winners: A Caregiverlist t-shirt, lapel pin and a 10-hour online caregiver training program as a member of the Professional Association of Caregivers.

Fort Knox, Kentucky and Jacksonville, North Carolina Caregivers Win Refer-a-Friend Prize for Referring Their friends to Caregiverlist Job Application

Congratulations to the winners of Caregiverlist Refer-a-Friend for Caregiving Job and Win program - senior caregiver Rebecca Bise from Fort Knox, Kentucky, and caregiver Tiffany Clervil from Jacksonville, North Carolina!

 

Rebecca and Tiffany referred their friends, family and caregiving coworkers for caregiving jobs that are available on Caregiverlist.com, and they won free senior caregiver 10 hour training course, lapel pin, and Caregiverlist t-shirt.

 

Caregiving provides fulfillment beyond a paycheck and offers the benefits of flexible work schedules as part-time and full-time caregivers are always needed.

 

Refer-a-friend to Caregiverlist and get entered to win a free t-shirt, lapel pin and 10-hour online caregiver training program as a member of the Professional Association of Caregivers. A new winner is drawn weekly. One monthly GRAND PRIZE WINNER receives a free and fashionable Scrub of the Month (top, bottoms and pair of shoes), courtesy of Scrubs Magazine.

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Holidays Mean the Little Red Scrub

As the days become shorter and the winter chill sets in, a lively scrub is just what you might need to get you through the holiday season. Scrubs magazine has chosen some fresh new looks in scrub tops to help you spread holiday cheer as the lady (or guy) in red.

This mock wrap top is flattering on a variety of physiques. It features comfortable knit side panels and two front patch pockets, an empire waist top and has front and back elastic for excellent shaping. (Cherokee.com)

The cute keyhole is fun and fashionable! It’s a mock wrap top with bust darts, patch pockets and side vents. Stylish and comfortable!(Dickies.com)

 

Do you prefer something in a round neck? This junior fit top has decorative snaps on an asymmetrical curved style line. A hidden inseam pocket is enhanced with a patch pocket underneath, as well as another roomy patch pocket at the left front with an sectional exterior pocket and a bungee loop. Room enough for everything! (Dickies.com)

 

Wine, while not quite red, is still a fashionable holiday choice. This men's fit top features a chest pocket with a "D" ring, one pocket on the left sleeve with additional self loops for holding pens. Set-in sleeves, a front and back yoke, multi-needle top stitching and side panels make this an excellent scrubs choice. (Dickies.com)


Refer a Friend to Caregiverlist

 Refer-a-Friend for a Chance to Win Prizes!

Simply provide us with your friend's name and email address and you will be entered into a monthly and weekly giveaway.

Monthly Grand Prize Winner: Scrub of the Month (top, bottoms and pair of shoes), courtesy of Scrubs Magazine.

Weekly Winners: A Caregiverlist t-shirt, lapel pin and a 10-hour online caregiver training program as a member of the Professional Association of Caregivers.

1 Week Left—Scrubs' Happy Nursemas! Pop-Up Shop

Nurses, Certified Nursing Aides and professional caregivers are vital to quality senior care. Scrubs Magazine is showing the love by featuring 50 gifts under $50 dollars in their Holiday Pop-Up Shop. They are also offering the Caregiverlist community 15% off any and all items with the promo code: HOLIDAY1. At that price, you should be able to find a gift for everyone on your list.

Here’s some of our favorite finds:

Outback Purse Organizer

This Outback Pouchee purse organizer has everything you need to straighten up your purse and keep things exactly where you can find them. Made of high quality faux leather, the compact organizer features credit card pockets on the outside for easy access, inside dividers, an expander for additional space, inside zippered pockets for change, handy rings for ease of changing bags, outside pockets for pens and sunglasses, inside pockets for lipsticks or keys and a light-colored liner so that you can easily see all of its contents.
Pouchee,  $27.99 

Eden Heavy Winter Scarf



These 100% Ethiopian cotton scarves are perfect to throw on to stay stylish and warm. Simple and chic, the handwoven scarf has complimentary colored threads woven together to create beautiful shades that will gain weekend mileage in your wardrobe. Named after the women weavers in Ethiopia, each scarf purchase helps create sustainable business in Africa, and has a handwritten thank-you card attached.
fashionAble ,$49.99

Sweet Mango Body Butter



There's nothing nicer than going home after a long, cold shift, taking a hot shower and lathering up in body butter before slipping on your PJs and parking it on the sofa. We love this 4-ounce Sweet Leaf Bath cream that has a gentle mango scent and nourishes and moisturizes even the driest skin. Packaged in a 100% compostable jar, the butter is made from natural ingredients including real mango butter, macadamia nut oil, vitamin E and essential oils. 
Sweet Leaf Bath, $21.99

The Holidays are the perfect time to show your appreciation for the senior caregiver in your life. And if you are a caregiver, it’s also the perfect opportunity to treat yourself to something special. Do it now—the pop-up shop, along with its great deals—goes away December 13.

Happy Shopping!

5 Signs Your Caregiving Body is Sending You a Message (Listen to It!)

Senior caregivers tirelessly take care of their elderly clients — but not without sometimes paying a price. Tired? Sure. Achy? It’s to be expected. But sometimes your body is warning you of a more pressing problem. Here are some symptoms that may signal the need for a closer look.

1. Persistent stomach pain can be a sign that your job sucks, or it can be something more serious. If you have constant indigestion, alternating constipation or diarrhea, a feeling of fullness all the time, or pain in one spot or another that never goes away, off to the doctor you must go. It’s worth the time and trouble to determine what’s going on so you can eat and sleep again.

2. Back pain is normal for caregivers, unfortunately, but back or neck pain combined with weakness in an extremity or tingly, burning nerve pain is a sign that you’ve messed something up. Don’t work until you’ve figured it out. I speak from experience on this point, as I once had one arm just sort of stop working after I’d lifted too much weight too often. It was scary and painful, but ultimately fixable. Don’t play with your spine; it’s kind of important.

3. Take care of your feet and hands. Bone spurs, plantar fasciitis, arthritis, or plain old achiness and stiffness compromise your ability to work. Open wounds, torn cuticles or cracks in the skin of your hands can be avenues for infection. Keep fingernails and toenails short and filed. Bandage anything that might get dirt or worse in it. Remember to wear gloves, and wash your hands in lukewarm rather than hot water. Hospital soap is hard on some people, so see if maybe you can use your own. Change your shoes around frequently, and invest in good-quality orthotics if you need to. If your feet hurt, nothing feels right.

4. Daily headaches, tooth grinding or changes in vision should never be ignored. Maybe you need a neurological workup or a dental guard; maybe you just need a massage. Either way, that thing that sits atop your neck should be pampered.

5. Finally, if you’re snotty and coughing, achy or running a fever, or have a sore throat that won’t quit, please please please stay home. Even those of us who aren’t immunocompromised will thank you.

While you take care of others, make sure you take care of yourself. Senior caregivers are a precious commodity. If you know someone who would make a great caregiver, refer them to Caregiverlist so they can be part of a great team.

Refer-a-Friend to Caregiverlist

Simply provide us with your friend's name and email address and you will be entered into a monthly and weekly giveaway.

Monthly Grand Prize Winner: Scrub of the Month (top, bottoms and pair of shoes), courtesy of Scrubs Magazine.

Weekly Winners: A Caregiverlist t-shirt, lapel pin and a 10-hour online caregiver training program as a member of the Professional Association of Caregivers.

Scrubs Style: Looks for Fall 2013

Autumn is upon us in full force, and the rust and gold of changing leaves have supplanted the vivid hues of summer. Scrubs magazine, the nurse’s guide to good living, is a great supplier of fall fashion inspiration. Check out some of their scrub suggestions:

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and one great way to show your support is through this adorable scrubs top. Wear it in October and all year long. May we suggest styling the top with pewter pants?



V-Neck top in “Dress for the Cure,” Dickies.com

Low rise drawstring pant in pewter, Dickies.com

”Turning Leaves” is the perfect name for your autumn scrubs look. Chocolate brown pants make those bright colors in the top really pop.

“Youtility” v-neck top in “Turning Leaves,” Dickies.com
Drawstring cargo pant in chocolate, CherokeeUniforms.com

Tartan for fall? Yes, please. This one features beautiful reds and oranges, and a square-neck top. Pair it with black pants for a clean look.

Square neck top in “Forever Tartan,” Dickies.com
Drawstring pant in black, Cherokee.com

Caregiverlist is proud to have partnered with Scrubs Magazine 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.

 

Sneaky Home Allergens (are Nothing for Seniors to Sneeze At)

Sinus trouble, constant throat clearing, nasal congestion — these are symptoms seniors commonly present as the weather changes. The air gets drier and adequate hydration is always a challenge. Common allergens may affect the elderly more acutely and certain antihistamines, including diphenhydramine, the active ingredient in Benadryl, can cause anxiety and confusion in the elderly, and actually make the symptoms worse. What's even more frustrating is that alergens can be found in the home year-round.

Scrubs Magazine, the leading lifestyle nursing magazine, has identified 14 surprising places in the home where one can find irritants lurking. If you or your senior client or family member is sneezing, wheezing or otherwise showing signs of allergic reactions, check these culprits:

Sheets On Bed
Permanent press sheets can have formaldehyde. Choose untreated clothing and bedding made of natural or organic fibers when possible.

Flaking Paint
Homes and apartments built before 1978 have paint with high levels of lead. Clean paint chips immediately, repaint the surface, keep children from scratching, chewing, or touching painted surfaces, and have your home tested for lead.

Dog/Cat
Make the bedroom a ‘no pet’ zone. Run a HEPA air cleaner in your bedroom. Be sure to groom your pet regularly.

Dry Cleaning
When bringing home fresh dry cleaning, be sure to remove it from its protective plastic bag and air it out outdoors for several hours, or until the chemical odor has completely dissipated.

Carpet
Vacuum frequently and thoroughly – passing the vacuum four times over each area. Dust mite powder and flea control powder are also helpful in reducing allergens.

Mattress
By law, most mattresses have flame retardant chemicals. Your best bet to avoid both chemicals and dust mites? Switch to a fire-retardant free solid memory foam mattress or latex mattress. Note: You may need a prescription from your doctor to buy one.

Cosmetics
Opt for fragrance-free, organic and hypo-allergenic cosmetic brands. Be sure to replace makeup on a regular basis (application sponges each week, liquid makeup every three months, lipstick every six months, etc.), as old makeup can harbor harmful bacteria.

Deodorant
Avoid brands that contain fragrances, baking soda (if you have a nickel allergy), essential oils and biological additives, parabens, vitamin E, and lanolin. Opt for hypoallergenic brands and alternative deodorants such as crystal products.

and in the kitchen...

Mold
Fix leaky plumbing immediately. Thoroughly clean all surface molds. Dry water-damaged areas immediately.

Dirty Dishes
If you have a cockroach allergy, note that the highest concentration of cockroach allergens are in kitchens. Do not leave dirty dishes nor water in cups, glasses and bowls overnight.

Inadequate Ventilation
Install an exhaust fan or crack open a window when cooking. Improve air quality by installing an air conditioner or humidifier. Be sure your air ducts are cleaned regularly.

Insecticides
Certain ingredients in insecticides may trigger allergic reactions including acute asthma attacks. Buy only organic fruits and vegetables. Use organic, chemical-free produce spray, and watch for any insecticide in your pet shampoos.

Cleaning Solutions
Opt for gentle yet effective cleaning solutions with more natural ingredients and avoid those with harsh chemicals and odors. Note: If you are removing mold, you should use cleaner without ammonia and with at least 5% chlorine (which is irritating to skin and eyes).

Senior caregivers can gain more caregiving health and safety skills by taking a 10-hour online Caregiver Certification training course. Caregivers and C.N.A.'s may apply for a caregiving job in their area to begin a career in senior care.

Scrub of the Month: Breast Cancer Awareness Scrubs

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and it’s also time for a new Refer-a-Friend for a Scrub of the Month giveaway.

Fall is here — there’s a chill in the air and days are shorter, but here’s an opportunity to lighten things up and promote a worthy cause. Besides, who doesn’t look pretty in pink?

Scrubs Magazine has linked with Ford Warriors in Pink to provide these adorable scrubs from Cherokee Uniforms as a way to celebrate the survivors and show support for those who still fight the fight.

The pink V-neck top, features contrast stitch details along the neckline, front princess seams, two front pockets, a printed Warriors in Pink grosgrain ribbon edging the pockets and a Warriors in Pink screen print. The cute, flare leg pants have an elastic waist with a printed Warriors in Pink drawstring, front patch pockets and a cargo pocket featuring a Warriors in Pink screen print.

Caregiverlist is proud to have 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. And you might just win these great scrubs!

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