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 a palm tree somewhere warm and sunny . Thank you caregivers for caring for our seniors and please refer your friends to apply for part-time and full-time job positions on www.Caregiverlist.com and visit our career center for additional career tools.

Caregiverlist Stress Relief Photo Palm Tree

"In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us."

Flora Edwards

Stress Relief App Offers Relaxation for Caregivers: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

Working as a senior caregiver can amount to a high level of stress, particularly on rough days. Without an outlet to relieve stress, caregivers may feel overwhelmed. To maintain a healthy balance, caregivers should develop a stress relief routine. Exercising, looking at calming images or meditating are all good examples of stress relief activities for caregivers. To unwind and let go of the events of the day, try the Take a Break stress relief/meditation app. 

The app features one basic concept- a voiceover with a guided stress relief mental exercise. The app allows the user to choose from two basic guided meditation categories- a work break or for stress relief. Then the user can customize the experience by selecting background music or calming nature sounds as background noise for the experience. 

The beginning of the meditation asks caregivers to let go of the pressure of the day. One of the opening lines asks users to let go of whatever they feel that they have to do today and just relax. They go on to describe a sense of pressure that the user may be feeling and ask them to feel it in their body and then let go of it. As the meditation continues, caregivers can focus on their breathing and letting go of the stress weighing them down. 

With only two options for the guided programs, some caregivers may not connect well with this particular option for meditation. Every person finds their own relaxation techniques in life, and what some people find relaxing, others may find doesn't particularly move them. Try finding the best way for you personally to relieve your stress. 

 

The Take a Break app is available for free for Apple and Andriod 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

 

Senior Home Care Can Take a Village

At Caregiverlist, we believe in “Caring for the Caregiver.” But just who is that senior caregiver?

As seniors choose more to age-in-place, their team of caregivers may grow. It might “take a village” to provide comprehensive care, so here are the possible villagers:

Family Caregivers
These are the unsung (and unpaid) senior caregivers. They provide the bulk of care for elderly family members. According to AARP and the Family Caregiver Alliance, the value of unpaid family caregivers will likely continue to be the largest source of long-term care services in the U.S., and the aging population 65+ will more than double between the years 2000 and 2030, increasing to 71.5 million from 35.1 million in 2000. Most family caregivers are women. About one-in-seven adults in their 40s and 50s provide financial support to both an aging parent and a child, not to mention emotional and physical support. That may be why the “Sandwich Generation” is helping to make senior home care such a thriving industry.

Professional Caregivers or Home Attendants
Senior home care agencies provide reliable, vetted, professional caregivers to assist seniors with the activities of daily living (ADLs). This can include assisting with light exercise. providing much-needed companionship, and assistance with bathing, dressing and grooming. Many home care agencies prefer certification and many states have minimum training requirements. You can obtain the skills for senior caregiving by taking the 10-hour line Caregiverlist Caregiver Certification training course.

Home Health Aides
Primarily, HHAs assist with bathing, dressing and other hygiene needs, in addition to preparing meals and helping patients eat. In some instances, they might provide some simple medical assistance, such as tracking medication and changing dressings. HHAs do not hold licenses but many employers prefer them to be certified. The certification process requires passing an exam after 75 hours of training and skills testing.

Certified Nursing Aide or Assistant (C.N.A.)
C.N.A.s provide more extensive health and personal support to seniors in the home. Many times they are responsible for “total client care”, which includes physical and emotional care as well as home safety, comfort, and security. A C.N.A.’s duties might include checking vital signs, assist with performing range of motion exercises, with lifting or transferring the patient to a chair or wheelchair. A C.N.A. has to be certified and licensed through the state Department of Health in which they work (sometimes states have reciprocity, or you can sometimes transfer your license to a new state.) Training involves both theory, or classroom work, and clinicals, the hands-on practice. Every state has established guidelines for training requirements and exams in order to become certified.

Occupational and Physical Therapists
Therapists may come to the home, on a doctor’s order, usually after a hospital or nursing home stay. They will work with patients to help them increase strength, balance and coordination. Therapy may help a senior regain the fine motor skills they need to function in day-to-day activities, such as dressing and bathing.

There are, of course, a variety of other home care support services, such as meal delivery and transportation services. Skilled home nursing (RNs and LPNs) who, when prescribed by a physician, can provide more intensive medical services to help a senior stay in their home and independent longer. Comprehensive senior care allowing the elderly to age-in-place is a team effort. If you are interested in becoming part of a family’s senior care village, consider applying for a job as a senior caregiver.

Find a Caregiver Job

Caregiverlist's Samantha Franklin explains how finding a senior caregiver job is actually easy using Caregiverlist.com. Caregiverlist, created by senior home care industry professionals, allows senior caregivers to submit 1 job application and reach multiple hiring senior care companies in their area. As staffing needs change quickly, as a senior is discharged from the hospital after a stroke or hip replacement, most senior home care agencies hire new caregivers each week. Increase your chances of being hired quickly by licensed senior care companies by submitting a job application on Caregiverlist. Apply for Caregiver, Certified Nursing Assistant, Certified Home Health Aide, and Companion job openings near you on www.caregiverlist.com.

Refer-a-Friend for a caregiver or C.N.A. job and enter to win Scrub of the Month, courtesy of Scrubs Magazine

 

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 fall bouquet perfect for the autumn days of October . Thank you caregivers for caring for our seniors and please refer your friends to apply for part-time and full-time job positions on www.Caregiverlist.com and visit our career center for additional career tools.

Caregiver Stress Relief Photo Fall Flowers

"You are richer today if you have laughed, given, comforted, healed or forgiven."

Unknown

Resume Builder Pieces Together Caregiver Resumes: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

One of the crucial aspects of searching for a job in any field is polishing your resume to highlight your skills and past experience in your field. For senior caregivers, creating a resume helps show potential employers or seniors and their families who you might be working for specifically what your work history is and why you would be a good fit for their open position. The Pocket Mobile Resume app allows you to build your resume one section at a time on your smartphone. 

To create a new resume, the app provides categories to choose from including Personal info, Education, Experience, References, Skills and Other info. For caregivers, Experience and References should be included on a resume to show experience in the field and provide information for previous employers who can give you a good referral. Additionally, under personal information be sure to include your phone number and/or professional e-mail address so that you're easy to reach for an interview. 

The app itself provides specific fields to auto format each section, which limits the formatting options to a few in the but but is a lot easier than trying to format it yourself in a word processor. The app also doesn't require an answer for every field, so it's entirely customizable for what information you want to display. It allows you to edit and work on each section individually and add them to an existing resume, so you can work on it when you have a few minutes here and there as opposed to needing to block off a large chunk of time to write the whole thing at once. Users can also preview their resume and its formatting on a separate tab. 

The only downsides to this app is that the free version doesn't allow the user to export a resume off of their phone. For a one time $0.99 charge for the upgraded version of the app, users have options to export an unlimited number of resumes from the app into a PDF or HTML format. 

 

The basic version of the app is available for free for iPhone.

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

 

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!

Bite Nite Deux is a Bite to Fight Lou Gehrig's Disease

Bite Nite Deux is the ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter’s second annual event featuring superior dining, signature drinks and fine art.

Ten of Chicago’s top chefs come together to offer outstanding cuisine at tasting stations. Tito’s Vodka has created a signature drink called The Sunflower Sipper in a nod to the ALS National Symbol — the sunflower.

The event is hosted by Kim and David DeJesus (of the Chicago Cubs) and Master Artist Jesus Salguiero. It includes a silent auction of artwork donated by artists from around the world. Music is provided by DJ Opio and rat pack crooner, Michael Hutchins, who has lost several family members to ALS.

Bite Nite Deux will be held on Monday, October 21st, from 6:30-10:30 pm at Open Secret Studios. 401 N. Racine, in Chicago's River West neighborhood. Tickets are $75.00 per person or four for $200.00. Cost includes free on-site parking in a gated private lot at the venue.

All proceeds from Bite Nite Deux will support free home visits, a free equipment lending program, free clinic services at University of Illinois and University of Chicago clinics, and advocacy efforts in Washington D.C. For more information about this event contact Maryilene Blondell, Director of Development, 312.932.0000 or Maryilene@alsachicago.org

ALS is a neurodegenerative disease that usually attacks both upper and lower motor neurons and causes degeneration throughout the brain and spinal cord. Every 90 Minutes Someone is Diagnosed with ALS and Every 90 Minutes Someone Else Loses His or Her Battle. Support ALS’ mission to fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy. Help them empower people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support. Purchase your tickets here.

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