Language App Teaches Caregivers Basics of Other Languages to Communicate With Senior Clients

For senior caregivers whose senior clients speak English as a second language, communication might be difficult. Sometimes, it might be easiest to try to communicate in their first language, whether that be Spanish, French or something different. The busuu app gives caregivers the ability to learn another language for basic communication.

When users first open the busuu app, they are given a list of languages to choose from. These include English, French, Spanish, German, Polish and more. Once users select the language they're interested in learning, they are taken to the home screen for that language. 


The first lesson is on how to greet people in that language. The lesson includes a series of phrases, such as Hello, Good Morning and Good Evening, with accompany text and audio of how to say that phrase in the chose language. Users can listen to the audio and repeat the phrase to practice. Then, as the move through the program, the app will toss in occasssional quizzes on prior phrases to help make sure you are retaining the information.

Once caregivers complete the lesson, they can take the brief quiz to verify that they've learned the words. Once they score well on the quiz, they can move onto the next lesson. Lessons 2, 3 and 4 focus on about me, conversations and appearances. These are all little things caregivers can use to interact with their senior clients and give them a sense of familiarity in their first language. If a senior client doesn't speak English, they may also be interested in learning the basics to keep their minds active. 

After caregivers complete lessons, they can see all of the words and phrases they've learned on the Review section of the app at any time. Users can also use the social section of the app to review works from users worldwide and correct mistakes.

The busuu app is available for Apple and Android platforms.

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

- Paige Krzysko

TimeTree App Allows Caregivers, Senior Clients to Easily Manage Schedules

Senior caregivers may find it difficult at times to remember everything going on with their senior clients. From doctor's appointments to family visits to coordinating work schedules, it's easy for the dates and times to blur together. Coordinating with the senior client's family also requires effective communication. The TimeTree app gives caregivers the ability to easily create and share calendars with other people.

When users first download the TimeTree app, they need to create an account by creating an initial calendar. This can be for general events or for something specific, like doctor's appointments. Caregivers also need to select a color to easily color code the events associated with that calendar.

Once they've done that, caregivers can invite others to collaborate on the calendar with them. This is ideal for those who work closely with senior clients' families to coordinate events and work schedules. Family members can also go in and keep any doctor's visits and other appointments up to date. The invite to use the calendar will be sent to them directly via email.

Once caregivers reach the home screen, they can add an event to the calendar by clicking the giant plus sign on the bottom center of the screen. Users can then fill in the requested information, including event title, date, time, notification time and more. The notification will remind caregivers of the event, and they can pick how far in advance. The default is 15 minutes, but caregivers may want to change it to an hour in advance to allow plenty of time to get where they need to be.


There are two calendar views available. Caregivers can view the entire month at a glance or pull up events in a detailed list organized from events happening soon to those happening farther out. If caregivers have multiple calendars, they can switch between them on the left panel in the app. Caregivers may find this particularly useful if they want to keep a shared calendar for their senior clients and a personal calendar for their own schedule outside of work.

The TimeTree App is available for Apple and Android platforms.

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

- Paige Krzysko

Caregiver Registry California for Professional Home Care Aides

California's caregiver registry was created as part of the Assembly Bill 1217 (AB1217) Consumer Protection Act requiring senior home care agency's to be licensed by the state and all professional caregivers working in homes to meet minimum requirements.

Caregivers must complete a training course that includes 2 hours of Orientation training, 3 hours of Safety Training and 5 hours of Core Competency caregiving skills training for a total of 10 hours of training in their first year. Then each following year caregivers must complete 5 hours of renewal training on core competency skills. Here is the California caregiver training course information.

The California Department of Social Services manages the licensing process and the Caregiver Registry.

California caregivers must pass a background check clearance and requires a signed declaration under penalty of perjury regarding any prior criminal convictions and to confirm they are free of active tuberculosis.

California Home Care Aides are also required to have a valid driver's license or state issued I.D. or a valid Alien Registration Card. Fingerprinting is part of the background check program to confirm a caregiver is the person they say they are and prevent identity theft fraud.

The California State Department of Social Services manages the California Home Care Aide Registry.

Become a California Caregiver by taking an online caregiver training course and submit your job application to be considered by a senior care company near your California town.

Join the P.A.C. to receive caregiver training, t-shirt and lapel pin to meet state training requirements.

Relaxing at the Lake for Stress Relief

This week's stress relief photo was taken at the shore of Lake Michigan near Racine, Wisconsin. The colors of nature are always changing, and always something to admire. Caregiverlist invites 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.


"The mind is like water. When it's turbulent, it's difficult to see.
 When it's calm, everything becomes clear."
-Prasad Mahes

Summer in Bloom: Stress Relief Photo

We hope you are enjoying the summer, and getting a chance to appreciate the beautiful outdoors. This week's stress relief photo was taken on the island of Stegesund, near Stockholm in the Swedish archipelago.  Please enjoy and feel free to share the photo and inspirational quote with loved ones. 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. We hope you have a great week.


"Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart."  -Kahil Gibran

Updated Delaware Nursing Home Costs and Star Ratings

Delaware  nursing homes costs rank fifth in the nation, with an average room rate of $314 for a semi-private room, which is an annual cost of approximately $114,610.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Delaware’s estimated population as of July 2016 was 952,065, with 17.5% or 166,611 aged 65 and over. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 84.9% of nursing home residents are aged 65 and over, and 41.6% are 85 and over. Most seniors are referred to nursing homes after a hospital stay, particularly for rehabilitation services. Some seniors may require a longer nursing home stay beyond the 100 paid days from Medicare. In these cases, nursing home care will need to be private pay or paid by long-term care insurance.


Planning for senior care in Delaware requires an understanding of nursing home costs and how those compare to other alternatives, such as assisted living and home care. Research results from AARP show that the vast majority of Delaware residents desire to receive their long-term care at home. Most people, however, do not understand the costs of long-term care and often find themselves having to gather information quickly because of an immediate medical need.


Gaining an understanding of long-term costs for seniors is chief among the concerns of Caregiverlist® readers. For that reason, we regularly update our nursing home cost database and have just released the latest cost and ratings for Delaware nursing homes.Delaware_Costs_Rating_Info.png


Caregiverlist® uses a proprietary rating system for nursing homes, taking into account the overall Medicare rating for the nursing home, the percent of short-stay residents with bedsores, the certified nursing aide (CNA) hours per resident per day, and the percent of residents whose need for help with daily activities has increased. The average Caregiverlist® Nursing Home Star Rating for Delaware nursing homes is 3.1 on a 5-point scale.


Total Number of Delaware Nursing Homes: 49

Average Single Room Price: $346

Average Double Room Price: $314

Average Caregiverlist® Nursing Home Star Rating: 3.1


Caregiverlist® Nursing Home Star Rating snapshot for Delaware:

5-Star: 5

4-Star: 23

3-Star: 16

2-Star: 1

1-Star: 4


The highest-rated Delaware nursing home for seniors is Manor House in Seaford, Del., with a rating of 4.6 stars (out of 5). There are 60 certified beds at Manor House, with the daily cost of a single room coming in at $325, which is 6.09% lower than the state average for a single room. The daily cost of a double room is $295, 6.31% lower than the state average.


For those seniors preferring to receive their care at home, especially if around-the-clock care is not a requirement, then in-home caregiving is an alternative. Says Darryl Hartz, director of operations for Senior Helpers, “We help keep ageing Americans safely in their own home, an environment that is comfortable and familiar. This can make all the difference, particularly when caring for someone with dementia. And we can provide this care at a fraction of the cost of a retirement community.”


Caregiverlist® offers a care plan to help seniors and their loved ones understand the costs of care and evaluate options. If you need to research nursing home costs and ratings in a state other than Delaware, please consult the Caregiverlist® Nursing Home Directory, the only resource providing this vital information.

Bright Morning in Florida: Stress Relief Photo

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 of kayaks was taken in Sanibel Island, Florida in the early morning. There is still dew on the boats and the sun is shining. 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 week.


"Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith."   -Margaret Shepard

Stress Relief Photo: Summer Night in the City

The refreshing sight of a fountain is one of the joys of summer. This is a beautiful new one in the city of Chicago. We invite you to take a moment to enjoy the photo and the inspirational quote and 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. Have a great week. 


"Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom."  -Aristotle

Tasty App Provides Caregivers With Visual Recipes

If you have a Facebook account, it's likely that you have seen videos on your feed from an account called Tasty showing how to make many different types of recipes. For senior caregivers, cooking at home or for senior clients may seem complicated and time-consuming. The new Tasty app offers caregivers the ability to view recipe videos and easily view how to make each part of the recipe as they go along.

When users first open the app, it asks them if they'd like to log in using their Facebook account. Then, once caregivers connect the app, it asks them if they'd like to see only vegetarian recipes or if they'd like to see all of the recipes. Users also need to select if they'd like the app to send them notifications or not.

Once users are logged in, they're taken to the home screen which shows different kinds of recipes broken into different categories. The recipe categories include summer produce, dips, Japanese-inspired and comfort food.



Once users decide on a recipe they like and click on it, the app takes them to the detailed recipe page. This includes the full Tasty video of how to make the recipe, as well as a written list of ingredients and a step-by-step version of the video.

In step-by-step mode, the app shows the instructions one at a time and the accompanying portion of the video. This will be especially useful for caregivers who don't have a lot of cooking experience, as each step is described both written and in video form. Once caregivers complete a step, they can swipe left to continue on to the next instruction. 

Caregivers can like recipes to store them in the My Recipes area of the app. This section will also display all of your recently viewed recipes, in case you need to go back to something you forgot to "like." Users can also export the ingredient list for their next trip to the grocery store. The one downside to the recipes is that they don't list nutrition information, so caregivers will need to make their own judgements on if a recipe is healthy or fits into a senior client's diet.

If caregivers have a particular dish in mind that they'd like to make, they can also search within the app itself. Users can enter a keyword or pick from the suggested ones. Some are based on Difficulty such as "5 Ingredients or Less," or "Under 30 Minutes" while others focus on occasion, such as "Casual Party," "BBQ" or "Weeknight."

The Tasty app is available for Apple platforms.

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

- Paige Krzysko

Gait Belt Transfers for Safe Senior Care

How to safely transfer using a gait belt? Senior caregivers must be sure their senior clients are able to move from standing to sitting and bed to chair and back safely and the gait belt makes transfers safe for both the caregiver and the senior.

Caregiver Training University courses teach safe transfer skills. Watch this video to learn how to use a gait belt from Certified Nursing Aides and professional caregivers.


Become a Certified Caregiver by taking online caregiver training meeting your state's requirements and apply for a caregiver job near you.

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