Certified Nursing Aides provide the hands-on care for seniors and others needing care in hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living communities. In the U.S.A., federal legislation was passed to mandate a minimum of 75 hours of training through an approved school for nursing aides to qualify to take the state certification exam to become a Certified Nursing Aide.
States can mandate additional hours for training which is why some states require 150 hours of study or more before an individual may take the nursing aide certification test.
Request C.N.A. Class Admissions packets for schools in your area and explore becoming a C.N.A. as there are ongoing job openings in this field. As more than 10,000 Americans turn age 65 each day and our seniors are living longer lives than previous generations, more qualified nursing aides are needed.
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You may also apply for a companion caregiver job while you are pursuing C.N.A. training as the only requirements are to have a caring and dependable personality. Senior care companies hire between 5 and 10 caregivers each week to keep up with staffing demands as seniors do not plan ahead for senior care. Senior care companies provide caregiver training and you may also take online caregiver training to become certified as a professional caregiver.
There is no place like the beach to relax as summer draws to a close. This week's photo was taken at the beach in Madison, Connecticut. We invite you to take a moment to relax and enjoy the photo and inspirational quote and share them with loved ones. 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.
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Summer is almost gone, and with fall comes the tendency to spend more time indoors and sedentary. For senior caregivers, regular exercise can provide much-needed stress relief. Yoga offers a chance to get moving and improve flexibility while staying indoors. The Simply Yoga app teaches caregivers how to do complete different yoga exercises.
When caregivers first open the Simply Yoga app, they will find a very basic home screen. One detriment to the app is the lack of labels on the home screen. Across the top, there are simply selections between 20, 40 or 60 minutes and underneath that numbers representing difficulty level. When users select a length and a difficulty number, the video program begins.
The video introduces a pose by saying the name, describing the pose and how to effectively move your body to complete the pose. Poses in the program include Mountain Pose, Sun Salutation and Chair Pose. Users have the ability to move forward and backwards between the different poses using the buttons at the bottom of the screen, so if they miss part of the instructions they can listen again.
In the background as the narrator talks, the app also plays background noise of waves in an ocean. This, along with the tone of the narrator's voice, is meant to help calm the user as they complete the exercises. In the settings area of the app, caregivers can turn this ocean waves sound on or off, as well as the pose sound and instructions sound within the app.
The settings area of the app also offers a reminder day and time for notifications to complete a workout. Caregivers can complete these exercises in their living room, or with a senior client in their living room. Remember to use a mat, particularly if you should be exercising on a hardwood floor or a similar rough surface.
For senior clients, yoga can offer a low-impact way to keep moving and improve flexibility. However, always check with their doctor before starting a new exercise plan and don't force any poses that might be too challenging for them. Participating in a yoga program together also gives you a chance to bond with your senior clients.
The Simply Yoga app is available for Apple and Android platforms. While the interface itself leaves something to be desired in design, the videos themselves make for useful beginner educational tools.
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.
What is a Certified Nursing Assistant?
A C.N.A., which stands for Certified Nursing Assistant, helps and reports to registered nurses and other healthcare professionals in various medical settings. A Certified Nursing Assistant’s main duties and responsibilities are to deliver basic care to the patients. Some essential job functions are to:
- Help with daily activities like bathing, dressing, and grooming
- Take patient’s vital signs
- Prepare and serve meals
- Administer medication
- Clean and sanitize patient’s rooms
What Do you Have to Do to Become a C.N.A.?
Step 1: Find C.N.A. Programs in your Area
Find Certified Nursing Aide programs or go to Caregiverlist’s C.N.A school directory to research the requirements for acceptance into a program. The average California C.N.A. school cost is $1,320 and only schools with approved programs by the California state health department may offer the nursing aide certification training.
Step 2: Complete State Approved Training Requirements
California requires that Certified Nursing Assistant complete a minimum of 160 training hours before taking the certification exam. This is made up of 100 hours of practical training and 60 hours of in-class coursework.
Step 3: Pass C.N.A. Certification Exam
Once the coursework and training hours are complete, passing the state-approved C.N.A. certification exam is your last step before becoming a certified nursing assistant. Consider taking a C.N.A. practice test to refresh your nursing aide knowledge and to review the types of questions presented on the exam.
Step 4: Find C.N.A. Jobs
Senior care companies, assisted living communities, nursing facilities, and hospitals are always looking to hire certified nursing assistants. Fill out our job application to apply to all C.N.A. and caregiver jobs near you.
Step 5: Continuing Education
Furthering your skillset is an important factor to a successful healthcare career. Buy a certified digital caregiver training course that complies with the 10 hours of training mandated by California state law.
C.N.A. Salary and Career Outlook
The average C.N.A. salary in California is $14.96 per hour and is projected to growth 18% over the next 10 years. This is because as the baby-boomer population ages, more C.N.A.’s will be needed in long -term care facilities.
Begin your healthcare career by receiving a free C.N.A. class application or by purchasing Caregiverlist’s digital caregiver training.
As the summer winds down into the upcoming Labor Day weekend, you may be asking yourself if you did everything you wanted to this summer. Did you spend time outside, enjoying some fresh air before winter rolls around again? The good news is that even if you answered, "no" to that last question, you still have time to get out and go for a hike using the Hiking Project app.
Don't let the word, "hike" intimidate you. Some hikes could be considered more of a nice walk, depending on the elevation, ascent and descent throughout. For the flat hikes, a mobile senior caregiver could even join you for a short stroll to connect with nature a little bit.
The Hiking Project app uses an actual map of your state to show areas where good hikes are available. Users can zoom in and out of different vicinities and see proposed hikes highlighted in green as they browse around.
Once a caregiver picks an area they'd like to potentially go on a hike, they can click on the highlighted trail for more information. The details listed include: ascent, descent, high and low elevation, overall length and a photo. It also includes ratings from users, if available. A chart even shows the elevation compared to the length of the trail to give caregivers a visual representation of how challenging the walk would be.
As users scroll down, they will find a detailed overview that lists hours, need to know information such as parking availability, further description of the trail including entrances, etc. Caregivers can check in at the trail within the app to keep track of which hikes they've already done, or add it to their To-do list to remind themselves to go there on a later date.
Lists are also available to show the best hikes in your state, to help you choose if you have a few in mind. Going for a hike helps relieve caregiver stress. Consider an easy walk with a senior client to help get them moving enough to stay active and potentially prevent the onset of dementia. Then, put together a separate list of longer or more challenging walks that you'd like to go on yourself to relieve some stress.
The Hiking Project app is available for Apple and Android platforms.
Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discovers 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.
This week's stress relief photo was taken from the summit of the Zugspitze, which is the highest peak in Germany. The weather on the ground was miserable, but there was brightness high above the mountaintops. We invite you to take a moment to enjoy the photo and the inspirational quote and feel free to 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. We hope you have a great week.
"Too many people miss the sunshine of today because they focus on the clouds of yesterday."
The C.N.A. School Directory on Caregiverlist allows you to find Certified Nursing Assistant Schools in your area. C.N.A. programs in Arkansas were recently updated and the average cost is $702 per program, running an average of 6 weeks. The C.N.A certification exam, which signifies that you learned the necessary knowledge to be successful in the health field, is required following the completion of the program. Find Certified Nursing Assistant Schools in your area now and fill out a FREE C.N.A. application. Take the first steps to starting your career in the healthcare industry with online professional caregiver training you can buy for just $59: Caregiverlist’s digital caregiver training.
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This week's stress relief photo was taken on the famous Copacabana Beach in beautiful Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 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. Have a great week.
"Don't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the further you get." -Michael Phelps
This week the Wall Street Journal reported that the senior home care sector has grown by 6.6% annually for franchise businesses, which is faster than the 2.6% compound annual growth rate for the franchise industry. Americans are aging, living longer, and choosing to age in their homes.
Caregivers, however, are still in demand, by these hiring senior care companies. Many people do not realize that senior care is an industry and that caregiving is a profession.
Join the Professional Association of Caregivers to receive online caregiver certification training, a t-shirt and lapel pin and become involved with a community of senior care executives who support "caring for the caregiver". Part-time and full-time job positions are available and companies hire new caregivers weekly to keep up with the quick turnaround required as seniors never plan ahead for senior care. States are also passing legislation requiring minimum training for professional caregivers and you can also learn about the state caregiver training requirements. Students and early retirees can enjoy working as a caregiver to earn income while also providing a fulfilling service.
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There is not much that is more relaxing than a serene pool in a beautiful place. This week's photo was taken on the island of Santorini in Greece. We invite you to take a moment to relax and enjoy the photo and inspirational quote and share them with loved ones. 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.
"You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore."