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.  Thank you for caring for our seniors. Remember more caregivers are needed, please refer your friends to apply for part-time and full-time job positions on and visit our career center for additional career tools. 

Caregiverlist Stress Relief Photo of the Week

"You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late."

-Ralph Waldo Emerson


Minimum Wage Increase by $3 Proposed in New Legislation

Minimum wage in the U.S.A. is currently $7.25 per hour.  State laws passed to increase minimum wage in a state does trump the national minimum wage law as does city municipalities with special legislation passed, such as the cities of San Francisco and San Jose who have both increased minimum wage for workers in their cities.  Caregiverlist provides the minimum wage in each state.

Caregivers working for professional senior care companies have an average pay nationwide of $10 per hour, higher than the national minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

Payroll taxes are also paid on top of the hourly rate, providing for unemployment benefits (seniors who need care will eventually get better and no longer need care or pass away and so having the safety net of knowing unemployment insurance will be provided while a caregiver finds a new job is an important benefit for caregivers).  Worker's compensation insurance and Social Security benefits are also paid for on top of the caregiver salary.

The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, the name of the proposed legislation, would also gradually raise the minimum wage for tipped workers which currently stands at $2.13 per hour.  This would be the first raise for this group of workers in more than 20 years........I was a waitress to pay my way through college and I remember the $2 dollars and change was just enough to pay a bit towards the taxes.  The proposed increase would make the tipped worker wage 70% of the minimum wage.  

As senior caregivers are needed for new positions at senior care companies nationwide, passing a higher federal minimum wage will only help promote quality pay for quality care for America's seniors.

State minimum wage laws vary, with many states requiring $8 or more per hour already.  Review state minimum wage laws.

Caregivers earn more than minimum wage, even with no formal caregiving experience.  Apply for a senior caregiver job, either part-time or full-time, in your area and refer-a-friend to be a caregiver as more caregivers are always needed to keep up with the growing caregiving needs as our senior population increases.  Caregivers can obtain online caregiver training to become a professional certified senior caregiver through the Professional Association of Caregivers.




Caregivers Needed: Caregiver Jobs Continue to Grow Nationwide

Senior caregivers are needed, so much so that U.S. News & World Report outlines the need for immigration reform in order to provide enough professional senior caregivers, home health aides and nursing aides for the growing U.S. senior population.

Senior caregiving jobs continue to grow in all cities and towns nationwide as many seniors choose to age-in-place in their own home.  

Part-time, full-time and live-in positions are available - - remember, live-in caregivers do not actually move in to live with the senior but instead stay over-night at the senior's homes for 2 to 3 days in a row and then go back to their own home.  Live-in caregivers earn a full week's pay in a few days.

Part-time senior caregiver jobs often involve simply assisting a senior with meals and medication reminders and companionship.

Apply for a senior caregiver job in your area as no experience is required for beginning caregiver positions as senior care companies will provide you with training.

Caregiver training for basic professional senior caregiving skills can be found through the Professional Association of Caregivers 10-hour online training course.

Refer-a-Friend to a senior caregiver job position and be entered to win $50 and meet our previous Refer-a-Friend winners.

Caregivers enjoy the fulfillment they receive by assisting a senior to enjoy a day by knowing they have assistance for the activities they no longer can easily do on their own.  Caregiving just may be the most fulfiling job you will ever find, knowing you are appreciated by not only the senior you are helping, but their entire family and their friends.  As the need for more caregivers is needed, spread the word to others. You may learn more about employment as a professional senior caregiver on the Caregiverlist Career Center.

Caregiver Pay Average $10 per Hour and $120 per day

Caregiver pay results from the Caregiverlist Employment Index compiled from survey results of more than 18,000 professional caregiver job applicants in 2012 shows $10 per hour and $120 per day as the national average for professional caregiver pay.  

Caregiver pay at this rate is higher than the national minimum wage of $7.25 per hour and higher than the majority of minimum wages nationwide (states and cities may pass their own minimum wage laws and as long as they are more than the national minimum wage requirement, they will over-ride the national law). You may review minimum wage laws nationwide on Caregiverlist's By-state section.

Ten states passed an increase in minimum wage effective January, 2013, including Arizona raising their minimum wage to $7.80.  Other states raising minimum wages included Missouri increasing to $7.35 per hour, Colorado increasing to $7.78 per hour Ohio increasing to $7.85 per hour.

Meanwhile, two municipal cities in California require a much higher minimum wage, with San Francisco's minimum wage at $10.55 and San Jose's minimum wage at $10 per hour.  Of course, cost of living is higher in these cities which also enjoy being located in Silicon Valley, home of a higher percentage of millionaires due to the luck of the stock options for employees working for the fast-growth technology companies.

Caregivers will continue to be needed in the growing senior care industry which has experienced a 40% increase in the number of senior home care companies since 2008.

Becoming a professional senior caregiver requires a caring personality, successfully passing a criminal background check and basic caregiver training which can be obtained online or from the hiring senior care company.  Apply to be a senior caregiver with a professional senior care company in your area or refer-a-friend to be a senior caregiver and win a $50 gift certificate.




How to Transfer your C.N.A. License to a Different State

Transfering your C.N.A. License to another state?  Yes, each state requires their own certificate and perhaps technology will soon allow each state’s Department of Health to make transferring a C.N.A. license seamless, but until then, here is how it works (just scroll down and click to Caregiverlist's C.N.A. License Transfer Guidelines page if you are already sure your next step is to transfer your nursing aide certificate).

Certified Nursing Aides (or Nursing Assistants) become a C.N.A. by taking a state-approved training program and then passing the state Certified Nursing Aide exam.  The basic training skills required to become a C.N.A. are similar in each state of the U.S.A. but you still must meet the specific certification guidelines to have your certificate honored when you move to another state.

Transferring a C.N.A. certificate is even more relevant if you live in a metropolitan area that is on a state border such as the Chicago, Illinois (right next door to Wisconsin and Indiana – get married or your spouse gets a new job and you just might find yourself in another state).

New Jersey C.N.A.’s and New York C.N.A.’s also bump into Connecticut and then you have Kansas City, Missouri right next to Kansas City, Kansas.  Not to mention Philadelphia, Pennsylvania next to Cherry Hill New Jersey. And what about Minneapolis, Minnesota just across the river from Wisconsin and Louisville, Kentucky right next to Ohio..........definitely transfering a C.N.A. certificate from one state to another will happen for many C.N.A.'s in the U.S.A.

C.N.A. certificates do transfer from one state to the next but you must follow certain guidelines.  Caregiverlist has received so many questions about “how do I transfer my C.N.A. license to another state?” that we went the extra mile and did the research for you.

Need to transfer your C.N.A. certificate?

Just follow Caregiverlist’s C.N.A. License Transfer Steps

Remember, some states offer reciprocity and this means you will not need to take the C.N.A. exam over again in your new state.

If you do need to re-take the C.N.A. exam, you may take the Caregiverlist Sample C.N.A. test or the actual Practice C.N.A. test.  As you do want to make sure you’ll ace the C.N.A. test in your new state – just take the time to do a quick practice nursing aide exam to be sure.

Once you are ready to start working as a C.N.A., you may apply for a job on Caregiverlist, the nation’s only professional Caregiver Career Center, where thousands of C.N.A.’s find jobs with senior home care agencies, nursing homes, Assisted Living companies and Hospices who hire C.N.A.’s and caregivers weekly.

Remember, you can also work as a professional caregiver while you are working on transferring your C.N.A. license to the new state.

C.N.A. jobs will continue to grow as the nation’s seniors live longer while needing assistance with care needs.

Fill out the Caregiver Job Application on Caregiverlist to be considered for a local Caregiver or C.N.A. job in your area.


C.N.A. resumes are also an added benefit when applying for a new C.N.A. position – just use the Caregiverlist Resume builder (free) to update your information before applying to a job.


Congratulations to everyone working as a C.N.A. – you are on the front-lines of senior care and doing the toughest job!  We are grateful to you for the hard work you do.


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