Caregiver Hourly Pay Rates: Spring 2013

Caregiverlist breaks down the hourly pay rates, as reported by survey respondents from April, May and June.

Apply for a senior caregiving job today on!

Refer-a-Friend for a senior caregiving job to enter to win $50 or a free t-shirt!

Already a senior caregiver? Enter to win $100, $50 or $25 Amazon gift cards by submitting your senior caregiving photo to the Caregiverlist Summer Photo Contest for Senior Caregivers.

Free T-shirts for ALL Contest Entries!

All Caregiver Photo Contest Entries Will Receive a Free T-shirt!

How do I submit a photo?

1) Submit your senior caregiving photo to the Careiverlist Summer Photo Contest for Senior Caregivers. May be of yourself, the caregiver, or with the senior under your care.

2) Share your entry with friends and family to vote for you. You may share a direct link to your entry so friends and family can easily vote for you every day!

3) Vote daily for your picture until August 31st. 

Good luck!

Read more here

Enter here

Alzheimer's Research Charity: August Quilts

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative auctions 27 quilts online each month. Quilts range in size-- 9' x 12' and smaller. Please take some time to view the August quilts for auction the 1st through the 10th. All proceeds from the auction fund Alzheimer's research.

Read more on the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative

Please look at a few of the quilts for auction below.




Review all August 2013 quilts here.

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative® is a national, grassroots charity whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research. The AAQI auctions and sells donated quilts, and sponsors a nationally touring exhibit of quilts about Alzheimer's. The AAQI has raised more than $916,000 since January 2006. Ami Simms of Flint, Michigan is the founder and executive director of the AAQI, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit operated entirely by volunteers. She is a quilter. Her mother had Alzheimer's

Illinois State Troopers... The New Fashionistas!

Fashion Flash 2013 raises money for Compass to Care Childhood Cancer Foundation.  Tomorrow, this event in Chicago will bring together everyone from nationwide corporations to local businesses supporting the charity’s cause in a trendy and energetic atmosphere.

The charity fashion show features Illinois state troopers as runway models, named the “Fashion Police.” The state troopers return this year after being showstoppers as models in last year’s runway show. They heard Compass to Care’s story and volunteered to participate after learning about families going through these devastating situations.  

Fashion show tickets may be purchased online.  VIP Tickets include access to the cocktail reception at 6pm, reserved seating for the show and a VIP gift bag. As of today, only 8 VIP tickets are available for $125 each. General admission tickets are available for $85 each.

Fashion Flash 2013

Date: July 27th, 2013

Time: 6:30pm-10:30pm

Place: Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL 60613

The Center on Halsted is located in Chicago just a few blocks from Wrigley Field. Transportation accessible by El train and city buses. While underground parking is unavailable to Center on Halsted patrons, visitors may be able to find metered street parking available on Halsted or Waveland. Daytime visitors may find residential parking on nearby streets. More information on directions can be found online.

For more information on Fashion Flash 2013 and Compass to Care, click here


Senior Caregivers, Share Your Photo!

Senior caregivers, who does't like a little attention? And, who doesn't love some prize money and free T-shirts? The Caregiverlist Summer Photo Contest for Senior Caregivers gives you the recognition you deserve as well as a chance to win $100, $50, $25 Amazon gift cards plus Caregiverlist T-shirts. 

Win money by submitting your senior caregiving photo to the contest, share the contest with your friends and family, and vote daily for your photo through August 31st. Increase your chances of winning by recruiting as many of your friends and family to vote daily for you!

Senior caregiving requires much of your physical and emotional attention, which can be very exhausting. Caregiverlist appreciates the hard work you put into your care, so we want to show our appreciation.

The photo contest can be found on the Caregiverlist Facebook page. Just click on the contest tab, submit your photo on the entry page, and share your photo with your friends and family. Remind them to vote daily-- the top three most voted submissions with receive an Amazon gift card and runner ups will be awarded a Caregiverlist T-shirt.

Good luck, caregivers!

Senior Health's New Song

Senior health. Is this something you think about everyday?  Depending on your age, it may or may not cross your mind regularly. However, it will naturally become you will seriously need to think about. As everyone knows, age wears down physical and mental capabilities-- sometimes a lot quicker for others. Just maintaining a proper healthy lifestyle sometimes isn't enough. Thus, people explore other avenues of treatment and therapy. Would music ever cross your mind? It will now. As Bob Marley once said, "One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain." But, can music really relieve pain?

Music may infuse physical and social benefits for seniors. The University of California, San Francisco examines this by implementing choirs in senior centers in the area. Choirs invite those 60 years and wiser to join, with and without singing experience. During the course of the year, the project will assess cognition, mobility and the wellbeing of the seniors.

Therapy through music continues its history.  Friedrich Nietzsche, a musical philosopher of the 19th century, said, "We listen to music with our muscles." This could have been the inspiration to begin studying music and human health. Oliver Sacks, a British-American Neurologist, studies the power of music.  He mentions that music can be therapeutic especially for patients with a form of motor or impulse disorder. Sacks findings that support music's beneficial effects impacted patients with Tourrette's and Parkinson's.   

Nursing homes can provide care for seniors with unique needs.  Find nursing homes near you on Those looking for nursing homes can search locally and find daily costs and Caregiverlist's Star Rating. Selecting the right nursing home means providing the proper care based on your senior's needs to live comfortably.

The University of California, San Francisco hopes that this program will improve senior's mental retention as well as getting them out of their homes and socializing. A music program for seniors still needs to be assessed based on the results after this year. However, it could potentially become one outlet for those who enjoy the gift of music. "Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” -Plato

Caregiverlist Summer Photo Contest for Senior Caregivers Accepting Submissions This July

Caregivers, Certified Nursing Aides, and Certified Home Health Aides, submit a photo of yourself with your senior client to the Caregiverlist Summer Photo Contest for Senior Caregivers. The contest starts Monday, July 8, 2013, and runs through Monday, July 29, 2013. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. The Caregiverlist Facebook page hosts the contest.


Contest winners will be chosen based on popularity via voting.  Caregiverlist will award $100, $50 and $25 Amazon gift cards to the top 3 voted pictures and free t-shirts to the runners-up.


Photo submissions that feature some creativity and uniqueness will bring competition to this contest. Caregiverlist expects that the caregivers, Certified Nursing Aides and Certified Home Health Aides who submit “fun” photos will gain more votes. Those who submit photos should share their photo across social networks and with friends and family to encourage more voting.

Caregivers may submit their photo on Facebook and vote for caregiver and senior photo submissions here.

Good luck!

Fashion Has No Age with Liz & Ettâ„¢

Fashion magazines train reader's minds that young, beautiful, and flawless men and women represent the face of trends, brands, and designers.  As everyone knows, all people age, and, unfortunately, some of these people encounter health conditions that affect their mobility.  No one should have to sacrifice feeling good about the way they look due to age or condition. This is where Liz & Ett steps in.

Seniors can look fabulous, despite any situation, with apparel by Liz & Ett™.  Men and women can maintain their dignity with pieces from this fashion boutique.  Women have the SmockFrock™ available in three different styles: Faye, Gigi and Rose. The SmockFrock protects clothes when eating, cooking, painting, and essentially anytime when clothes are in danger of spills and stains! With waterproof chest and lap coverage and water-resistant lining and trim, clothing will definitely be safe. 


Men shouldn't be discouraged from getting their own version of the SmockFrock-- a men's vest.  As of now, the Liz & Ett male version comes in one style, Richard.  This men's vest has the same features as the SmockFrock to protect clothing: waterproof chest and lap coverage and water-resistant lining and trim.


Caregivers and seniors both need to carry many different things to get through the day, such as medication, their cell phone, a first aid kit, and any other supplies for emergencies or unexpected situations. Liz & Ett created a tote to carry all of these essentials. The tote comes in the same styles as the SmockFrock: Faye, Gigi and Rose. This can be a perfect way to carry a matching SmockFrock!


Caregivers, CNAs, and CHHAs, surprise your senior with an item from Liz & Ett™ today!  

Know someone with a caring personality and who loves working with other people? Refer-a-Friend to be a caregiver and enter to win a t-shirt of $50 gift card!

About Liz & Ett™

 While caring for her grandmothers, Liz Emery saw a great need for stylish apparel adapted to the needs of women with limited mobility.  She began designing and established Liz & Ett in her grandmothers’ memory.  Liz is passionate about maintaining dignity and style at all stages of life, especially in the face of health challenges. 

Liz holds a BA in Microbiology from Miami University; an MPH in Epidemiology from Indiana University; and attended St. George’s University School of Medicine for two years prior to caring for her grandmothers.  She launched her e-commerce site in April 2012 and currently resides in New York City, overseeing production of her line in the NYC Garment Center.  





Caregiver and Patient Needs Survey: Receive $50 for Your Support Communtiy

Sudden life-changing situations, like a serious illness, not only affect the individual, but the family, too.  People want to be independent and fend for themselves, but what can they do when the medical bills start to add up? Who can they turn to when they need someone to talk to? MediGift steps in as a support community outlet to sort tasks, research new treatments, discover and source needed services, and organize monetary needs. Caregivers may participate in a survey to help MediGift find the best ways to engage the support of the friends and community members who want to help a caregiver or a patient facing a serious illness or health crisis. The survey can be accessed here and will take just five minutes.

Survey results will be used to help MediGift develop tools and provide relevant services to it's current and future users. MediGift may also publish aggregate, anonymous results of the survey to promote better understanding of caregiver and patient needs for others serving this population.

MediGift will say "thanks" to the participants by rewarding $50 toward an active support community created by anyone who completes the survey and meets the basic qualifications describes in the Caregiver and Patient Needs Survey section on the FAQ page

About MediGift 

MediGift was created to harness the energy and resources of friends and the expertise of service providers to help caregivers and patients dealing with a serious illness or health crisis.

No one wants to ask for help, though when friends or loved ones are ill, we all want to provide it. In addition, caregivers often don't have the time or the expertise to make the right decisions. Resources- time and money- are always in short supply.  MediGift provides a single place where friends, family and colleagues can come together in order to effectively organize those resources-- as well as enabling monetary gifts to help fund them.

In addition to providing important support to caregivers, private online MediGift communities can offer higher levels of social support to patients. Social support has been shown in more than 25 studies to provide tangible health benefits.


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