BeFunky Photo Editing App Perfect for Capturing Holiday Memories: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

The holidays bring friends and family together to celebrate and share memories together. Whether you're spending your holidays with a senior client or with family or friends, taking a few pictures can help preserve the memories for years to come. This week we posted a blog with tips about Caregiver Stress Relief. Taking photos at the holidays can provide reminders of good times for days in the future that may be particularly stressful. 

Using the BeFunky app, caregivers can edit the photos that they take directly on their phone. There's no need to transfer a photo from your phone to your computer to open it in a photo editing program there because the BeFunky app pulls the photo you'd like to edit directly from your phone's camera roll. Basic edits such as rotating, straightening or cropping a photo allow for users to clean up the original photo. 

More advanced edits such as brightness, sharpness and saturation allow for edits to the contents of the photo. Even if users aren't familiar with the various types of edits available, BeFunky makes it easy to click on an edit type from the selection bar at the bottom and play around with an edit type to see what it does and if it makes an enhancement to the original photo. The option of applying a filter to the photo with preexisting edits also gives the user the ability to quickly scroll through and click on different filters to see them applied to the photo and pick the best one. Adding a frame or some text to the photo also can add some final touches before saving the photo and exporting it to your camera roll to keep, share with friends via social media or send via email. 

 

The BeFunky app is available for free 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

Holidays Mean the Little Red Scrub

As the days become shorter and the winter chill sets in, a lively scrub is just what you might need to get you through the holiday season. Scrubs magazine has chosen some fresh new looks in scrub tops to help you spread holiday cheer as the lady (or guy) in red.

This mock wrap top is flattering on a variety of physiques. It features comfortable knit side panels and two front patch pockets, an empire waist top and has front and back elastic for excellent shaping. (Cherokee.com)

The cute keyhole is fun and fashionable! It’s a mock wrap top with bust darts, patch pockets and side vents. Stylish and comfortable!(Dickies.com)

 

Do you prefer something in a round neck? This junior fit top has decorative snaps on an asymmetrical curved style line. A hidden inseam pocket is enhanced with a patch pocket underneath, as well as another roomy patch pocket at the left front with an sectional exterior pocket and a bungee loop. Room enough for everything! (Dickies.com)

 

Wine, while not quite red, is still a fashionable holiday choice. This men's fit top features a chest pocket with a "D" ring, one pocket on the left sleeve with additional self loops for holding pens. Set-in sleeves, a front and back yoke, multi-needle top stitching and side panels make this an excellent scrubs choice. (Dickies.com)


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Simply provide us with your friend's name and email address and you will be entered into a monthly and weekly giveaway.

Monthly Grand Prize Winner: Scrub of the Month (top, bottoms and pair of shoes), courtesy of Scrubs Magazine.

Weekly Winners: A Caregiverlist t-shirt, lapel pin and a 10-hour online caregiver training program as a member of the Professional Association of Caregivers.

Senior Care Costs: Shop Early Says Senior Living Expert Lisa Sneddon in Forbes Magazine

Senior care needs can arise suddenly.  In fact, I bet if you asked your friends what their retirement plans are, they would share with you some places they plan on traveling, where they want to live and talk about hobbies they would like to develop.  But mentioning the type of senior care they have in mind will probably be last on the list, if it even makes the list.

American seniors should plan on a 30-year retirement, says Senior Living Expert's Lisa Sneddon in Forbes Magazine's Planning to Make The Right Move in Retirement article.  Lisa is a Caregiverlist advisor and owner of Senior Living Experts which assists seniors, at no charge, to evaluate and choose the right Assisted Living Community. 

Assisted living can be an enjoyable option for active seniors, especially now that builders are offering more innovative communities which include spas, gardens and regular activity excursions along with a continuum of care needs.  Some seniors may cringe when they hear that monthly rent for an assisted living community usually requires at least $4,000 to cover all the necessary extra items.  Supportive living communities may only require $2,500 or more.  However, Sneddon points out that maintaining a house that may have become too large for the senior, and paying for the property taxes, may already eat up this amount of money each month.

Remember, nursing homes really are for acute care needs and cost as much as $8,000 or more per month.  This gives some perspective to assisted living costs.

Learn more about assisted living communities in your area by submitting a request for a senior care plan and learn more about assisted living at Senior Living Experts.

Cartoonist Scott Adams: I Hope My Father Dies Soon

Dilbert cartoon followers know the humor the cartoon strip writer Scott Adams uses to entertain us with the happenings of daily office life.  The cartoon can always spark a life for those of us who show up for work at an office each day.  Now Mr. Adams has opened up to share the challenges of caring for an aging parent with his blog post titled:  "I Hope My Father Dies Soon".  

Mr. Adam's father, age 86, is bed-ridden and as Mr. Adams says, if his father were a cat, he would have been put to sleep long ago and nobody would have ever looked back.  It would have been the right answer for someone who has lost 98% of their mind and has lost their physical capabilities.  Instead, he pays $8,000 a month to stay in a state of perpetual suffering.  Mr Adams has a way with words and I encourage you to read his blog post on why he hopes his father will die soon.  

Senior care services can easily cost $8,000 a month for round-the-clock care.  And right now, Medicare and Medicaid really provide all or nothing senior care services when it comes to long-term care.  Medicaid, a service provided in conjunction with state and federal funds, provides ongoing nursing home care until someone dies but unfortunately that care usually must be provided only in a nursing home.  And a senior must qualify for this level of total care.  

Medicare does NOT pay for long-term care.  This means most of us will be in the same situation as the Dilbert cartoonist's father - we will have to privately pay for the senior care services and if we have not invested in long-term care insurance, these costs could become as high as $8,000 per month and burn through our life-savings.

The hope is that most seniors will only need part-time senior care to maintain their daily activities of living.  But insurance analysts suggest that everyone plan for 2 years of senior care services.

As the nation's baby boomer population continues to live longer and will increase by as much as 70% in the coming decade, the ethical issues around keeping seniors alive when there is no longer any quality of life will become one of the areas of concern for everyone.  Especially as we must tackle how to pay for senior care for both those who can privately pay and through our tax dollars for those who cannot privately pay for senior care and are on Medicaid care.

Mr. Adams shares that he feels doctor-assisted suicide should be an option, as none of us should be forced to die a long, slow painful death when it has already been confirmed we are at the end of our road.

How much does senior care cost?:

Nursing home care gives the best view into the real costs of full nursing care for seniors.  Here are some of the costs of nursing homes:

  • Alden Estates of Barrington in Barrington, Illinois costs $263 to $362 per day for nursing home care
  • Brighton Place in Spring Valley, California costs $165 per day for nursing home care
  • Mount Vernon Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Alexandria, Virginia costs $236 to $270 per day for nursing home care

Learn about nursing home care costs in the Caregiverlist Nursing Home Directory and share with us your comments on end-of-life care.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Tips to Ease Caregiver Stress During the Holidays

Senior care can be stressful at the best of times. While the holidays are certainly a joyful time, the hustle and bustle may be disconcerting to caregiver and senior alike. The need to finish tasks, such as cooking, baking and shopping, can create an incredible level of stress in the senior’s home.

Family caregivers and professional caregivers (C.N.A.s and C.H.H.A.s) alike can succumb to holiday caregiver stress. Here are some tips to help yourself so you can better care for your senior client or loved one during this magical albeit overwhelming time of year.

Keep it Simple
Trying to do too much (or even as much as last year) can put undue stress on both caregiver and senior. Maybe paring back is not such a bad thing. Learn to let go of self-imposed holiday quota. Be prepared to scale back — from the amount of cookies to bake to the number greeting cards to send.

Enlist Help
Family caregivers tend to want to do it all themselves. If a sibling or other family member can’t provide respite care themselves, turn to a trusted Home Care Agency to provide a few hours of relief for you, the family caregiver. Family caregiver burnout is a real problem, no matter what time of year. Suggest to family and friends who ask that help could be the most valuable gift.

Look To Technology
Find apps that help you take a break and guide meditation. We found one that features a 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. There’s certainly a lot more available out there.

Stay Healthy
Your body is a machine. If it begins to break down, you won’t have the ability to care for your senior or yourself. Keeping up with the needs of the holidays requires stamina. Exercise, rest, and proper nutrition are the keys to keeping you working at peak performance.

Take a Moment
Every week, we at Caregiverlist post a calming photo dedicated to caregiver stress relief. The idea is a simple but important one — stop for just a moment and focus on a “happy place.” Sometimes that’s just enough to help you reset and recharge for better caregiving.

Take care of yourself as well as your senior this season. Holiday depression is a common byproduct of caregiver stress. Take steps to maximize the opportunity to have a happy and healthy holiday.

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 is a beautiful yellow and orange rose. 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.

Caregiver Stress Relief Photo Rose

  "You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for someone who can never repay you."

John Wooden

Improve Interview Skills Using Interview Tips App: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

In a blog earlier this week, Caregiverlist highlighted the senior care recruitment process during this time of high demand for senior caregivers. Even for in home care positions, potential senior clients and their loved ones likely will request an interview before they hire you for a position. Using the 101 Answers app, senior caregivers can read advice on how to best prepare to talk about themselves and how they fit into the position they are interviewing for. 


The app holds tips on how to answer 101 of what they've deemed as the most difficult interview questions. It reads sort of like an e-book, with a paragraph for each tip. Users swipe on the screen of their device to move onto the next tip. 

Some of the tips may not directly apply to the job of a caregiver because the writing style suggests that the user is interviewing for an office job. However, plenty of the tips prove useful for the duties of a caregiver as well. One tip suggests the user acknowledge difficult situations in past jobs and share how they worked through that situation. For caregivers, this holds particularly true as a senior caregiver may have experienced setbacks in past positions when dealing with clients with dementia, limited mobility or other specific needs. Hearing about your experience working with these issues will help potential employers recognize your full ability to deal with and circumstances that may arise in your new position. 

The app contains a lot to read, so breaking it up into flipping through it in ten minutes increments may work better than trying to absorb all the information at once. 

 

This app is available for free for Apple and Android

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

1 Week Left—Scrubs' Happy Nursemas! Pop-Up Shop

Nurses, Certified Nursing Aides and professional caregivers are vital to quality senior care. Scrubs Magazine is showing the love by featuring 50 gifts under $50 dollars in their Holiday Pop-Up Shop. They are also offering the Caregiverlist community 15% off any and all items with the promo code: HOLIDAY1. At that price, you should be able to find a gift for everyone on your list.

Here’s some of our favorite finds:

Outback Purse Organizer

This Outback Pouchee purse organizer has everything you need to straighten up your purse and keep things exactly where you can find them. Made of high quality faux leather, the compact organizer features credit card pockets on the outside for easy access, inside dividers, an expander for additional space, inside zippered pockets for change, handy rings for ease of changing bags, outside pockets for pens and sunglasses, inside pockets for lipsticks or keys and a light-colored liner so that you can easily see all of its contents.
Pouchee,  $27.99 

Eden Heavy Winter Scarf



These 100% Ethiopian cotton scarves are perfect to throw on to stay stylish and warm. Simple and chic, the handwoven scarf has complimentary colored threads woven together to create beautiful shades that will gain weekend mileage in your wardrobe. Named after the women weavers in Ethiopia, each scarf purchase helps create sustainable business in Africa, and has a handwritten thank-you card attached.
fashionAble ,$49.99

Sweet Mango Body Butter



There's nothing nicer than going home after a long, cold shift, taking a hot shower and lathering up in body butter before slipping on your PJs and parking it on the sofa. We love this 4-ounce Sweet Leaf Bath cream that has a gentle mango scent and nourishes and moisturizes even the driest skin. Packaged in a 100% compostable jar, the butter is made from natural ingredients including real mango butter, macadamia nut oil, vitamin E and essential oils. 
Sweet Leaf Bath, $21.99

The Holidays are the perfect time to show your appreciation for the senior caregiver in your life. And if you are a caregiver, it’s also the perfect opportunity to treat yourself to something special. Do it now—the pop-up shop, along with its great deals—goes away December 13.

Happy Shopping!

Caring for the Caregiver: Doughnuts Anyone?

 Senior caregivers must always take a moment to be sure they are taking care of themselves because senior caregiving brings many stressful components.  Even healthy seniors face emotional issues as they see their friends and loved ones pass away and confront the loss of physical capabilities as part of the aging process.  Caregiver employment remains a growing segment of the job market as family caregivers need to hire professional caregiving services in order to take a break and many seniors require professional senior home care services.

Doughnuts to the rescue!  Here in Chicago we have many new doughnut shops which seem to be popping up on every corner.  For just a few dollars, a caregiver can treat themselves to a smile and a taste of sweetness.  

And, for the more ambitious, or for those who don't have a cute doughnut shop around the corner, you can try making your own.  We found these yummy and healthy recipes at MyFamilyDish.com which include one for Mint-Mint Chocolate Donuts.......we Americans can spell it "donut", My Family Dish shares, while the British call it "doughnut".  Take a break from caregiving each day to care for yourself!

Enjoy!

 

Caregiver Recruitment Tools for Joining Largest Growing Industry

Senior caregivers will be one of the fastest growing industry sectors for employment in the coming decade.  Why?  Because America's seniors are living longer while needing care services for more of their senior years.  In addition, senior care services are moving to the home and with the new Affordable Care Act, there is a drive to reduce the need to be hospitalized over and over again for the same health issue.

While the new healthcare law has continued to be debated over and over again, one of the positive aspects of the law is what is called "accountability of care".  This portion of the law pretty much makes sense to everyone.  I mean, who wouldn't want to be not held accountable for their job.....which is probably another blog post.......but back to the topic which is being accountable. The new healthcare law says, "Hey Mr. Hospital, if you are going to discharge a patient from the hospital because you say they are well enough to go home, if they come back into the hospital in a few days or the next week, then maybe something is wrong with your patient care system, and, because of this, Medicare is no longer going to reimburse you at the higher hospital patient care rate."

This means hospitals must now be more accountable for their senior care, or, they won't be paid as much.  And the result is that the hospitals now actually care where you end up when you leave the hospital.  That is a good thing which also means more hospitals really want to be sure there are quality senior caregiving services in place when a senior goes home.

Caregiver recruitment now has become a priority by senior home care agencies to enable them to always have a quality caregiver to staff to the new senior clients they receive each day and week as the seniors are discharged from the hospital.

Professional senior caregivers must meet certain requirements such as:

  • Successfully Pass Criminal Background Check
  • Professional Caregiver Training Meeting State Requirements
  • Consistent to Work Track Record
  • Personal or Professional Senior Caregiving Experience
  • Interest in Fulfilling Employment Assisting Seniors

Online caregiver recruitment tools include producing a professional caregiver resume, obtaining a criminal background check and completing a basic caregiver training course for professional senior caregiving positions.  

Senior care employment includes working for the following senior care companies:

Assisted Living Communities

Senior Home Care Agencies

Home Health Agencies (Medicare/Medicaid Services)

Nursing Homes 

Part-time, full-time and "live-in" positions are available as some age-related illnesses such as Alzheimer's disease require around-the-clock care.  Live-in care does not mean that you actually move in and live with the client but instead is a term to refer to the position requiring full household management where the caregiver will spend the night with the senior and sleep at night.  Live-in caregivers go to the senior's home for a few days in a row and earn a full week's pay in just a few days.

Learn more about becoming a senior caregiver and apply to a professional senior care job in your area on Caregiverlist.  Senior care companies subscribe to Caregiverlist's recruitment platform to allow them to efficiently hire new caregivers each week in order to keep up with their staffing needs.

 

 

 

 

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