CNBC Reports Growth in Senior Home Care Today with Caregiverlist Interview

CNBC's Jane Wells highlights the 40% growth in senior home care since 2008 (even during the recent recession, the senior home care industry has continued to grow exponentially).

Senior home care agencies in southern California are interviewed along with Caregiverlist's CEO.

Tune in at 10:50 and 1:40 Eastern Time

Senior caregivers are in demand as the industry meets the challenges of fast-growth.  Anyone with a caring personality can be trained to be a companion caregiver.  Apply for a senior caregiver job in your area (companies hire from 3 to 6 new caregivers each week) and refer-a-friend to a caregiving job to be entered to win $50, t-shirts, online caregiver training and more.

Home-Based Businesses for Senior Clientele

An aging population was cited as the reason that “health care was the largest contributor to employment growth in the past two years”—surpassing manufacturing jobs, according to a recent Bloomberg report.

Senior home care and elder caregivers such as home health aides and Certified Nursing Aides certainly make up a bulk of those burgeoning jobs, but there are many services that would benefit the senior citizen community. For those who are especially entrepreneurial and motivated, many of these services can be established as home-based businesses.

Dual-income households are increasing, so many services for an older population will continue to be outsourced. The aging populace will provide great small business opportunities.

Consierge Services can be bundled into the category of Assisting with Daily Needs:

Personal chef services.
Prepare and deliver healthy meals. You can arrange to cook onsite or off. With training, you could learn to customize menus based on personal dietary needs.

Transporation. Drive clients to and from appointments.

Pet services. Help care for a senior’s beloved companion. Groom, transport, exercise or pet-sit.

Money management. Assist with the day-to-day tasks of paying bills, balancing checkbooks, filing medical claims and reconciling bank and credit card statements.

Special Services are not needed every day, but still provide much-needed assistance:

Downsizing and relocation services. These include but are not limited to packing and unpacking, setting up a new living space and, according to the National Association of Senior Move Managers, “to facilitate the physical and emotional aspects of relocation for older adults.”

Personal Trainer. The baby-boomer generation knows that the key to longevity is in part fitness. As a personal trainer, you can visit a client’s home, bypassing the need for any kind of studio. The National Federation of Professional Trainers is a good place to start to get information on certification. By that same token, massage therapy and yoga targeted especially to seniors are growing services.

In-Home Caregiver. As always, Caregiverlist is here to help you on your way to a rewarding career in home health care. Find answers to your home care questions in our Career Center.

Successful home-based businesses are built on passion and if your passion is helping a growing senior population, your choices are expanding. The Administration on Aging’s statistics show that the +65 segment of society is growing and this makes it an important future consumer sector.

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Technology and Senior Caregiving

Not surprisingly, tech-savvy web users are increasingly turning to the Internet for information and tools to help facilitate their family caregiving needs.

e-Connected Family Caregiver: Bringing Caregiving into the 21st Century, released in January 2011 by the National Alliance for Caregiving and UnitedHealthcare, found more than two-thirds of family caregivers who already use some form of technology would find web-based senior care tools to be of great benefit.

The study revealed the applications with the greatest perceived potential and helpfulness included web-based systems for caregiver coordination, caregiving decision support and caregiver training simualtion.

According to UnitedHealthcare, “Caregivers were most receptive to technologies that help them deliver, monitor, track or coordinate their loved one‟s health care.” Most would welcome technology that would better allow them to care for their seniors at home.

The most requested services with the lowest perceived barriers include:

  • Personal Health Record Tracking: Caregivers reported that a website or computer software that could help them keep track of their care recipient‟s personal health records, including his or her history, symptoms, medications and test results, would be helpful to them.
  • Caregiving Coordination System: Caregivers indicated that a shared electronic log for their loved one’s doctor appointments and other caregiving needs would be helpful. With this tool, caregivers could request support in their duties, and friends and family members could sign up to help on certain dates and times.
  • Medication Support System: A device that reminds the patient about his or her prescription medications and dispenses pills when they should be taken. This device would also provide directions on how to take each pill and alert the caregiver when the dosages were not removed from the device within a certain time period.

“Caregivers know that technology can be used to help them understand their loved one‟s conditions and find resources and even support,” said Gail Hunt, CEO and president of the National Alliance for Caregiving.

And although more than three quarters of those surveyed said that they are most likely to trust a medical website, like WebMD or MayoClinic.com, for recommendations on caregiving technology, caregiving websites and caregiver forums on the Internet were also listed as credible information sources. You can read more about Caregiverlist’s mission to provide trusted caregiver support here.

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Siblings Caring for Aging Parents

When my mother brought my brother home from the hospital for the first time, she joked that she had had another child so I wouldn’t be alone in taking care of her in her "old age". Now that she needs the assistance, I am grateful for a sibling who shares the responsibility of caring for our elderly mother.

Not all families are so lucky. Simple geography might determine which sibling is best able to provide face-time with the senior parent. Long-time family dynamics can be challenging when siblings revert to old childhood roles. Some may find the stress of juggling work, raising children or caring for spouses limits their ability to help with parental support, so the family member with the fewest perceived obligations winds up providing the lion’s share of care. Some siblings may feel they are doing too much while others feel they do too little.

Feelings of frustration, anger, guilt and resentment do nothing to help with caring for an elderly parent.

In her book and her blog, They’re Your Parents, Too!, author Francine Russo explores and helps navigate the oftentimes tumultuous landscape of sibling tensions when dealing with eldercare. She covers topics ranging from acknowledging and accepting your parents’ aging, family decision-making and sustaining the family connection into the future.

Ms. Russo recently appeared in a video segment on the ABC News Special Series on Eldercare with Diane Sawyer. In it, she acknowledges that “the (families) who got along best accepted that they all had different relationships (with their parents), but they were in it together.”

And when the family caregiver needs a break, consider utilizing the services of a quality senior home care agency for respite eldercare.


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Obama's Grandmother Passes

Regardless of your political choice for president, you can share in the sadness of Barack Obama's Grandmother passing away just a day before the election.  Madelyn Payne Dunham, 86, died peacefully in her Honolulu home on Sunday night, after battling cancer.  She chose to stay at home with care provided by a caregiver.

Hospice training teaches that emotionally, it is easier to go through the process of grieving when you are able to plan for the death and say goodbye ahead of time.  Barack learned this, he said, when he did not make it to his Mother's side before she passed away.  As he did not want that to happen again, he took time off from his historic campaign to visit his Grandmother a couple of weeks ago.

Still, death of a loved one is never convenient or easy, even with knowing ahead of time.  While visiting France one summer, I went to dinner at a small country restaurant.  The owners were a married couple who made the rounds to all the tables to chat with their guests.  Upon learning that I worked in senior care, they told me to be sure to visit the bathroom before I left.  There was a mural painted on the bathroom wall that included the 17th Century Nun's Prayer.  I later had my Mother write it in calligraphy and framed it for my Senior Care Agency's office wall.  Many caregivers who passed through the doors asked about it and requested a copy and now it is included as a resource on Caregiverlist.

 

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