Find C.N.A. Schools Near You

Senior caregivers interested in attending a nursing aide school to become a Certified Nursing Aide may find programs in their area on Caregiverlist, including:

Take a C.N.A. sample test or practice test to learn more about the information taught in nursing assistant programs and apply for a caregiving job to build your skills.  C.N.A. schools nationwide are listed in the Caregiverlist C.N.A. School Directory.

Senior Caregiver Job Application

Senior caregivers may work part-time or full-time and enjoy flexibility with weekday or weekend schedules.  This is because some seniors require care every day of the week.  Professional senior care companies will also hire back-up caregivers in order to be able to effectively staff new clients as many times they will need care on short notice. 

Seniors who decide to leave the hospital and go onto hospice care services will often need a caregiving service to begin right away.  In addition, seniors who suddenly find out they are not approved for more days of Medicare-reimbursed care in a nursing home will opt to go home and privately pay for a senior home care agency to provide professional care services.

Apply for a senior care job in your area and review the job application (or view the tutorial video) to begin working as a professional caregiver.

Gallup Poll: Family Caregivers Suffer from Poorer Physical Health

Professional caregivers know that working as a caregiver requires both physical and emotional strength.  No two days are alike and seniors may suffer from memory loss and other age-related diseases that progress slowly.

A Gallup Poll now confirms that family caregivers suffer from poorer health, especially if they are also working a full time job.

Here are the findings of the Gallup survey, based on 140,853 interviews with American adults employed full time conducted between January 2 - November 24, 2010:

  • Family Caregivers ages 18 to 29 suffer the physical effects of caregiving more than any other group
  • Family Caregivers are more likely to have higher blood pressure
  • Family Caregivers are more likely to have recurring neck or back pain

Family Caregivers participating in the survey who are employed full-time were these ages:
  • 6% aged 18 to 29
  • 22% aged 30 to 44
  • 65% aged 45 to 64
  • 6% aged 65 or older
The caregiving study confirms what those who provide professional care have always known:  along with being stressful, caregiving often requires significant physical activity, such as assisting with transfers into and out of wheelchairs, vehicles and bed, physical therapy assistance and helping with activities of daily living which include bathing, dressing, toileting, eating and maintaining a clean household.

Younger adults who provide caregiving services to loved ones suffer a disproportionate negative effect on their health.

This is why it is also important to hire a professional senior caregiving agency to provide home care services for your family members, as they provide payroll benefits and support to the caregiver and manage the entire care plan.



Parkinson's Disease Genes Identified

Senior caregivers for seniors with Parkinson's disease know the many challenges this disease presents for caregiving:  taking medications on time throughout the day, monitoring for falls and understanding memory loss that can occur.

Scientists have just identified 5 new genes linked to Parkinson's disease which could soon lead to a diagnostic test for the disease which currently has no cure.  It usually strikes around age 50 but some, such as actor Michael J. Fox, develop the disease earlier.

Environmental factors have long been thought to contribute to the disease.  The average person has a 2.5 % chance of developing the disease in their lifetime.

As this disease is progressive, it can take a significant toll on caregivers, too.  One of my dearest friends from high school has been assisting with her father's care for the past 20 years.  He found out he had Parkinson's Disease the week after he had retired early.  She built a wheelchair ramp when she built a new house and has learned to cherish the time that she has to spend with him, while watching this disease slowly take away his physical capabilities and mental capacity.

As a degenerative brain disease, Parkinson's strikes when brain cells don't make enough of the chemical dopamine.  This leads to tremors, rigidity and slowness of movement.  There is no cure for the disease but the gene discovery

That leads to symptoms including tremors, rigidity and slowness of movement.  There are limited treatments and no cure for the disease.

Caregiver training can assist with caregiving skills for seniors with Parkinson's disease.

And if you Google, the good news is one of the Google founders, Sergey Brin, has donated millions to Parkinson's Disease research as his mother has the disease.  Your Googling is helping to find  a cure for Parkinson's!  Read more in this New York Times article.

Becoming a Senior Caregiver

Professional caregivers assist with companion care and nursing aide care for seniors.  Companion care means keeping the daily schedule of events on track, such as meals and medications and being there to help with any ordinary daily tasks.  Many times seniors with memory loss or who are grieving from losing  a loved one just need someone to talk with and to be there to help with meals, light housekeeping and errands.

Nursing aide care involves more hands-on assistance such as help with bathing, toileting and dressing.  Some seniors will require assistance from a certified nursing aide who is trained to assist with everything from feeding tubes to monitoring special diets and assisting with personal care needs.

Learn more about working as a senior caregiver by viewing our senior caregiver video.
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