Summer Blooms: Stress Relief Photo of the Week

Caregivers provide companionship to seniors, as well as caregiving and caregivers must remember to "care for the caregiver" with this week's stress relief photo.  Colorful flowers are sometimes all it takes to brighten your day. This photo of summer flowers was taken in London, England.  Before we know it summer will be fading away into the colors of autumn. Please take a moment to enjoy, and feel free to share it with your family and friends. 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. Thank you, caregivers, for all you do, and have a great week. 

"Where flowers bloom, so does hope."  -Lady Bird Johnson

Adirondack Serenity: Caregiver Stress Relief Photo of the Week

Unspoiled and clean mountain air is good for the soul. This week's photo takes us to the beautiful Blue Mountain Lake in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York.  It is a place to truly get away from it all. Caregiverlist invites all family caregivers and professional caregivers to take a moment to enjoy the photo and inspirational quote, and relieve a bit of the stress that we know is a reality. 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.

"Looking at beauty in the world, is the first step of purifying the mind."  -Amit Ray

 

Family Caregiving During Vacation

My family and I are winding up a whirlwind 14-day prospective-college tour throughout the southeast and mid-Atlantic and begin our journey home. As soon as we land back home, I will barely get our travel clothes into the washer when I will climb back into the car and head over to my mother’s house to continue my role as family caregiver. And vacation has ended.

I was a bit reticent to take such a long break. I haven’t been away for such a long stretch of time since I became, along with my brother, my elderly mother’s primary caregiver so many years ago. But sometimes circumstances arise (or—dare I say it—sometimes even family caregivers need a break) that take us away from our senior loved ones for an extended period.

Respite care for family caregivers

Just because a family caregiver is gone doesn’t mean the senior needs any less help. No one is advocating that a senior “goes it alone” for the duration. However, that will be a  great fear for the senior who may be worried, “Who will take care of me?”

Planning respite care should be a part of your trip planning itself. To help alleviate any anxieties, discuss your travel plans with your loved one and assure them that together, you will work out the details necessary for whatever care they will need and with which they will be comfortable. Discuss the options based on level of care needed.

In-home care

Most times your elderly loved one will be most comfortable staying at home. If the senior is relatively independent, sometimes part-time caregiving can be be cobbled together from a variety of sources. You can enlist friends and neighbors, church volunteers or other willing family members to provide companionship during your absence (make sure they know how to reach you while you are away.) Fill the pantry and fridge so store trips won’t be necessary. If your elderly loved one doesn’t feel comfortable cooking hot meals, you can hire a  meal service. Check  to see if Meals on Wheels is available in your area. Make sure all medication prescriptions are filled. A medical alert system is not a bad idea if the senior is sometimes home alone, even if you are not on vacation.

If a higher level of care is necessary, you can hire a professional caregiver through a reliable senior home care agency. Caregiverlist works with only the most quality home health agencies to provide non-medical professional caregivers to assist with ADLs and C.N.A.s who can provide some basic medical care. These caregivers go through a rigorous screening  process that includes criminal background check. They are insured and bonded and are actively managed by a direct supervisor or manager. In-home care costs can range from $15 - $25 per hour for hourly care and $150 - $350 per day for 24-hour live-in care.

Off-site care

There are many assisted living communities that can provide furnished apartments for temporary senior care on-site. Temporary residents enjoy the same level of available care as permanent residents and have access to all the available amenities such as meals, medication management, transportation, activities, and security.  $15 - $25 per hour for hourly care and $150 - $350 per day for 24-hour live-in care. According to 2012 Genworth.com data ,temporary care respite stays are usually less than one month long, and can cost between $75 to $200 per day. A Geriatric Care Manager can help you navigate all your available options, as well as inform you on how best to pay for respite care.

As summer winds down, your family vacations are probably behind you. However, family caregiving, while rewarding, can be highly stressful and lead to caregiver burnout. A family caregiver should take much needed time off and, while perhaps furloughs will be shorter in duration, the need for respite care will be no less. Consider following the same guidelines for abbreviated breaks. And remember, ski season will be soon upon us!

Cool Moment in the Garden: Caregiver Stress Relief Photo of the Week

In the heat of summer, the cool shade in a lush garden are inviting and relaxing.  This week's photo was taken in Kew Gardens, London, England. Caregiverlist invites all family caregivers and professional caregivers to take a moment to enjoy the photo and inspirational quote.  August is often a time when things slow down, and we can take some time to sit back. We understand the realities of caregiver stress. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for caring for our seniors. Senior care training assists caregivers to better manage a senior's care needs and manage caregiver stress.  Have a great week. 
 

"Hope is the thing with feathers.  That perches in the soul.  And sings the tune without the words.  And never stops at all."  - Emily Dickinson

 

Clorox Hosts Special Chicago Caregiver Event

Senior caregivers based in or near Chicago, Illinois should consider taking some time for themselves and enjoy a little TLC care of Clorox®.

Caring for the elderly, especially in their own homes, can be a relentless and stressful endeavor. Those of us who take care of our senior loved ones know that there is little time left over to care for ourselves. Clorox® CareConceptsTM recognizes that fact and is planning a series of evenings in cities around the country to celebrate and honor those who care for others.

Chicago’s caregiver event takes place on Wednesday, August 20, and will provide some pampering activities, along with hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and the opportunity to meet others in the caregiving community who experience all the joys and frustrations that you do.

There will also be a screening of the documentary “A Sacred Journey” by filmmaker Ernesto Quintero and a panel discussion among experts and caregivers on the topic: When Care Comes Home, exploring the challenges and inspirational moments of in-home caregiving.

If you bring along a photo submission of you with the person for whom you are caring, along with a brief description (i.e., “Caring for my mom since 2001”), Clorox® CareConceptsTM will donate $5 on your behalf to the REST Program.

Date: Wednesday, August 20
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: The Logan Theater 2646 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
Transportation: Car: Complimentary valet parking
Nearest CTA: Blue Line at Logan Square 


RSVP by Thursday, August 14 to RSVP@pdcpr.net or 708.305.5075
For more information: Visit WhenCareComesHome.com

Caregiverlist® has long been a champion of the family and professional caregiver. A few years ago, we held our own “Caregiver Day” and can attest to its popularity. Senior caregiving can be such an isolating experience—sometimes it’s just you and your senior. We highly recommend taking advantage of any and all opportunities to take some time and connect with others who know exactly what you are experiencing as a caregiver. We think the Clorox® CareConceptsTM special night out on August 20 will be a hit in Chicago. Look for other Clorox® CareConceptsTM caregiver night off events in Los Angeles on October 1 and Washington DC on November 13.

 

 

Blossoms in the Park: Caregiver Stress Relief Photo of the Week

Nature's beauty can be fleeting, like the delicate blossoms on the trees in this week's photo. 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 St. James's Park in London, on a beautify spring day. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for caring 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.  

"A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety."   -Aesop, Fables

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: Summer on Lake Michigan

How calm, beautiful and relaxing the water can be.  Caregivers provide companionship to seniors, and caregivers must remember to "care for the caregiver."  This week's photo was taken along Lake Michigan in Wisconsin this summer. Take a moment to breathe deeply and let the stress fade away. Please enjoy and feel free to share this photo and inspirational quote with your loved ones. Caregivers know the realities of caregiver stress, and we can help you relieve that stress. Thank you for all you do, and have a great week. 

"A diamond is a piece of charcoal that handled stress exceptionally well."  -Unknown

Caregiver Stress Relief Photo of the Week: Misty English Morning

Hopefully you were able to enjoy a fun and festive holiday with your friends and family.  Caregivers can take time to relax and we invite you to take a moment to yourself with this week's photo.  It was taken in Oxfordshire, England on a morning walk, just as the mist was starting to lift and signaling the beginning of a beautiful day. Thank you, caregivers and certified nursing aides for all that you do for your 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. 

"There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter."   -Rachel Carson 

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