Senior Caregiver Training

Senior caregivers assist seniors to remain independent in their own homes and sometimes also assist seniors living in assisted living communities and nursing homes.  This is because often nursing homes staff 1 Certified Nursing Aide to care for as many as 10 to 15 residents. Because of this, most seniors prefer to have one-to-one caregiving services in their own home while needing rehabilitation care or on-going senior care services.

Senior care services cannot always be administered quickly - senior caregiving, as experienced caregivers know, requires all the extra attention to detail you receive when enjoying a meal at a fine dining restaurant.  It cannot be done in fast-food style. Senior care also requires a wide variety of skills in order to understand how to cope with the aging process and promote dignity while providing caregiving services.

Caregiver training enables senior caregivers to provide quality care to seniors while maintaining a safe environment for themselves and for the senior.  By following consistent systems for the care routine, each caregiver can know what to expect and also quickly document when a care condition changes.

Certified Caregiver training verifies a caregiver has been taught the basic caregiver training skills.

Understanding how to take proper Care Plan notes, how to make objective observations and how to safely assist with bathing, meals, maintaining a clean and safe environment and making sure germs and infections are not spread.  Even tasks such as hand-washing, which is the #1 way to stop infections, must be done correctly.  

Caregivers can learn the basic senior caregiver training skills (which includes how to safely wash your hands - did you know properly drying your hands is very important, for instance?), and be confident they will deliver quality care with an online training course meeting industry standards.

Begin a career in senior care by purchasing an online certified training course and apply for a part-time or full-time caregiving job position to receive additional job training by a professional senior care company. Review the caregiver training requirements in your state as many states now do require basic training for professional senior caregivers and purchase the industry's approved certified caregiver training.

Senior Health's New Song

Senior health. Is this something you think about everyday?  Depending on your age, it may or may not cross your mind regularly. However, it will naturally become you will seriously need to think about. As everyone knows, age wears down physical and mental capabilities-- sometimes a lot quicker for others. Just maintaining a proper healthy lifestyle sometimes isn't enough. Thus, people explore other avenues of treatment and therapy. Would music ever cross your mind? It will now. As Bob Marley once said, "One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain." But, can music really relieve pain?

Music may infuse physical and social benefits for seniors. The University of California, San Francisco examines this by implementing choirs in senior centers in the area. Choirs invite those 60 years and wiser to join, with and without singing experience. During the course of the year, the project will assess cognition, mobility and the wellbeing of the seniors.

Therapy through music continues its history.  Friedrich Nietzsche, a musical philosopher of the 19th century, said, "We listen to music with our muscles." This could have been the inspiration to begin studying music and human health. Oliver Sacks, a British-American Neurologist, studies the power of music.  He mentions that music can be therapeutic especially for patients with a form of motor or impulse disorder. Sacks findings that support music's beneficial effects impacted patients with Tourrette's and Parkinson's.   

Nursing homes can provide care for seniors with unique needs.  Find nursing homes near you on Caregiverlist.com. Those looking for nursing homes can search locally and find daily costs and Caregiverlist's Star Rating. Selecting the right nursing home means providing the proper care based on your senior's needs to live comfortably.

The University of California, San Francisco hopes that this program will improve senior's mental retention as well as getting them out of their homes and socializing. A music program for seniors still needs to be assessed based on the results after this year. However, it could potentially become one outlet for those who enjoy the gift of music. "Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” -Plato

Senior Caregivers Win $$ -- Contest Extended

Senior caregivers are unsung heroes. Professional caregivers allow the elderly to age in place longer, they make life in assisted living and nursing homes possible, and they provide the support and attention that's vital to a growing older population.

Caregiverlist wants to "show the love" to the professional senior caregiver. That's why we've decided to extend our summer photo contest to honor professional caregivers. Caregivers, Certified Nursing Aides, and Certified Home Health Aides may submit a photo of themselves with a senior client to the Caregiverlist Summer Photo Contest for Senior Caregivers.

Submit a photo of you and your senior client. Show us the special bond that makes caregiving so much more than just a job. Then invite friends and family to vote for you and your senior. Contest winners will be chosen based on popularity via voting. Caregiverlist will award $100, $50 and $25 Amazon gift cards to the top 3 voted pictures and free t-shirts to the runners-up The contest runs through Monday, August 31, 2013. Winners will be announced shortly thereafter. Our Caregiverlist Facebook page hosts the contest.

Caregivers may submit their photo on Facebook and vote for caregiver and senior photo submissions here.

You can vote for your favorite caregiver and senior photo here.

Good luck!


Julie and the Grandmas.

Caregivers also may always submit a job application on Caregiverlist to be considered for part-time, full-time and live-in caregiving jobs and find online caregiver training.

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 features mountain landscape mountain taken from airplane. Thank you 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.

Caregiver Stress Relief Photo airplane

"Success is never final but failure can be."

Bill Parcells

Seven Caregiver Trends

China's rapidly aging population (estimated to grow 35% by 2053), along with its urban single-child mandate, has forced the government to urge adult children to provide more emotional support to their elderly parents. Here, guest blogger Charlotte Bishop discusses the recent steps taken in China to encourage more active long-distance caregiving and it's international implications.

You may not have been following the news in China this past week, but China has enacted what may be the first law governing caregiving to older adults.  In a law called the "Protection of the Rights and Interests of Elderly People"  enacted this month caregivers are called to task.  The law states "Family members living apart from the elderly should visit or send greetings to the elderly persons."  This is not what I would consider a very enforceable statute, but it is a sober statement about what caregivers and their older loved ones around the world are increasingly seeing. 

AARP and a group called the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) have been surveying caregivers since 1997 and an analysis across the years show some interesting trends:

  1. the average age of caregivers has been steadily increasing from 46 years old in 1997 to now 50 years;
  2. the percentage of caregivers who are women still outnumber men, but the numbers have declined from 73% women in 1997 to the most recent figure of 67% women; (this has been generally consistent across caregivers of all ages)
  3. the average percentage of older recipients of care is growing - 24% of recipients 85 years of age and older to now 30% being that old or older;
  4. the proportion of caregivers who also hold a day job has been quite consistent during the years of these surveys;(from roughly three in four to four in five caregivers employed)
  5. across all ages of caregivers there is an increasing incidence of leaves of absence from their jobs reported by caregivers
  6. "burden of care" measured in hours of caregiving as well as actual activities was measured only in the most recent survey, but it was the older caregivers reporting the greatest burdens;
  7. as a counterpoint to this "burden," the older caregivers also were those most likely to use outside services to help in the caring; (older caregivers also were less likely to report help from friends)

Getting back to our China example, the law does say "should."  But it just may be that the authorities were seeing some of the same trends as we see here in the United States.  And what our surveys report pretty much squares with what I see as a geriatric care manager; older caregivers taking care of older friends or spouses shoulder a larger burden, and it ultimately takes its toll on the caregiver.  If you know an older caregiver, help them to find resources to take some of the load off; remember also that a large portion of that "load" may be guilt about not going it alone...so be supportive. 

Charlotte Bishop is a Geriatric Care Manager and founder of Creative Care Management, certified professionals who are geriatric advocates, resources, counselors and friends to older adults and their families in metropolitan Chicago.  Charlotte's blog is also the winner of the 2013 ALTY Award for "Best Senior Healthcare Article."  Please email your questions to ccbishop@creativecasemanagement.com.

If you need help caring for a beloved senior, Caregiverlist is here to help. Request Senior Home Care Agency and Assisted Living Rates and Services Near You: Submit Request. You can also read our recent news story about Chinese elderly and poverty here.

Senior Caregivers Win $100+

Share Your Photos and Be Entered to Win + Vote for the Winner

We know caregivers provide much more than just assistance to seniors. You are companions, friends, confessors, story-keepers. You are often the only emotional support for your senior client as they continue to confront and tackle the process of aging.

Caregiverlist champions the professional senior caregiver. That's why we've decided to launch a summer photo contest to honor professional caregivers. Caregivers, Certified Nursing Aides, and Certified Home Health Aides may submit a photo of themselves with a senior client to the Caregiverlist Summer Photo Contest for Senior Caregivers.

Have fun with your photo submissions. Showcase your creativity and uniqueness. Then invite friends and family to vote for you and your senior. Contest winners will be chosen based on popularity via voting. Caregiverlist will award $100, $50 and $25 Amazon gift cards to the top 3 voted pictures and free t-shirts to the runners-up The contest starts Monday, July 8, 2013, and runs through Monday, July 29, 2013. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Our Caregiverlist Facebook page hosts the contest.

Caregivers may submit their photo on Facebook and vote for caregiver and senior photo submissions here.

You can vote for your favorite caregiver and senior photo here.

Caregivers also may always submit a job application on Caregiverlist to be considered for part-time, full-time and live-in caregiving jobs and find online caregiver training.

Good luck!


Julie and the Grandmas.

Sequester's Effect: Senior Hunger in America

On March 1, 2013, sequestration-fueled across-the-board federal budget cuts have had a profound impact on on the most vulnerable of our society, American seniors.

Nearly one in every 12 seniors over the age of 60 is “food insecure”, according to new research released this week in partnership with the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH). That number represents 4.8million seniors, double the number of elderly going hungry in 2001.

Feeding America, the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity, estimates that the number of food insecure seniors is projected to increase by 50% when the youngest of the Baby Boom Generation reaches age 60 in 2025.

But even in the face of these staggering numbers, budget cuts have caused the vital programs for seniors in need, like Meals on Wheels, to cut back their assistance. In a new survey released by MOWAA, here’s how the budget cuts are affecting Meals on Wheels programs around the country:

  • Programs have been forced to cut, on average, 364 meals per week;
  • Over 70% are establishing or adding to existing waiting lists;
  • Programs have increased their waiting lists on average by 58 seniors;
  • 40% of programs responding have eliminated staff positions; and
  • One in six are closing congregate meals sites or home-delivered meal programs.


Credit: Meals on Wheels Association of America

Ellie Hollander, President and CEO of the Meals On Wheels Association of America, testified on June 19, 2013 at a U.S. Senate hearing on senior hunger and poverty. At that hearing Ms. Hollander explained that for every $1 invested in Meals on Wheels programs, Medicaid sees a $50 savings because seniors are able to remain healthy and independent in their homes as opposed to needing nursing home care.

Caregiverlist has long championed Meals on Wheels, the national organization dedicated to eradicating senior hunger in America through community-based programs. In addition to providing what could be a senior’s only hot meal for the day, Meals on Wheels, in many instances, provides the only opportunity for human interaction to many elderly shut-ins. To learn more about MOWAA or to locate a local Meals on Wheels program, visit the MOWAA website.

Senior caregivers are on the front lines of helping the elderly to eat right as a component of healthy aging. You can learn additional crucial caregiving skills by taking a 10-hour online Caregiver Certification training course.

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 features lovely blossoms.  Thank you 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. 

 

Caregiver Stress Relief Photo Blossoms

"He who never made a mistake, never made a discovery."

Samuel Smiles

Caregiverlist Summer Photo Contest for Senior Caregivers Accepting Submissions This July

Caregivers, Certified Nursing Aides, and Certified Home Health Aides, submit a photo of yourself with your senior client to the Caregiverlist Summer Photo Contest for Senior Caregivers. The contest starts Monday, July 8, 2013, and runs through Monday, July 29, 2013. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. The Caregiverlist Facebook page hosts the contest.

 

Contest winners will be chosen based on popularity via voting.  Caregiverlist will award $100, $50 and $25 Amazon gift cards to the top 3 voted pictures and free t-shirts to the runners-up.

 

Photo submissions that feature some creativity and uniqueness will bring competition to this contest. Caregiverlist expects that the caregivers, Certified Nursing Aides and Certified Home Health Aides who submit “fun” photos will gain more votes. Those who submit photos should share their photo across social networks and with friends and family to encourage more voting.

Caregivers may submit their photo on Facebook and vote for caregiver and senior photo submissions here.

Good luck!

EasyFamily App Gives Seniors Simple Social Media Access: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

 

For seniors, having loved ones to check in with and talk to for mental health can be just as important as maintaining physical health. These days, staying connected to friends and family has become a matter of simply pressing a “follow” or “friend”button on a social media site, but most of these are geared towards the technology-savvy younger generation. Now senior caregivers can help their clients get plugged in and online.

 

EasyFamilyApps offers simplified access to Facebook, Skype and other social sharing services so that seniors can log on and see what their loved ones are showing them without having to learn the individual applications. The application also allows seniors and caregivers to set medication and appointment reminders to stay on track with their health and doctor's appointments. Creating a video chat on Skype takes only two clicks, and there are far fewer buttons on this app than on the separate Facebook and Flickr apps.

 

For caregivers, this application offers the chance to connect senior clients with their loved ones on a daily basis. By downloading it and encouraging family of the senior to send updates a few times a week, a senior will be able to feel in the loop of their day-to-day lives. When your senior clients' granddaughter has a soccer game and her mom posts a picture or video of her scoring the winning goal, your senior client will feel included in that moment. Ongoing contact with loved ones makes a huge difference in mental health during the aging process.

 

The creator of the app is called Family Ribbon and the app itself is called EasyFamily AppSuite. It comes with a step-by-step manual to help introduce seniors to the app and take them through the various features. Currently it is available for Apple, Android and Windows Tablets and is described below:

 

"Get all generations of your family online with the 7-in-1 AppSuite designed for new users, especially with older users in mind. "

 

The cost is a one-time fee of $9.99. 

 

For more information, watch this introductory video: 

 

Family Ribbon introductory video from EasyFamilyApps.com on Vimeo.

 

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 to relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist.

 

-Paige Krzysko

 

 

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