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 was taken in St. Ives, Cornwall, in England.  There is something about the sea that often seems calming.  Feel free to share this photo with your loved ones. 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. Have a great week. 

"Pure water is the world's first and foremost medicine."  -Slovakian Proverb

Paycheck-to-Paycheck HBO Documentary Profile a Certified Nursing Aide Employee

Certified Nursing Aides are the backbone of caregiving in nursing homes and other senior care facilities.  But their pay continues to be the lowest for any nursing home employee.  Maria Shriver and Oprah Winfrey are showcasing the issue of low pay in the HBO Documentary titled "Paycheck to Paycheck:  The Life and Times..."

In this documentary, Certified Nursing Aide Katrina Gilbert is followed as she juggles a full-time "back-breaking job" and raises 3 children as a single Mom.  Daily work as a C.N.A. requires constant movement and assisting seniors with meals, bathing and activities.  While working as a nursing aide requires professional training, once the job begins, the nursing aide is in the lowest paying position at a senior care facility and often works on holidays and picks up extra schedules.  Katrina's pay is $9.54 per hour and she did receive a pay increase of .14 cents per hours, the documentary notes at the end.

Caregivers providing one-on-one care in a home average $10 per hour pay and above and have the advantage of working with just one senior.  Nursing homes may provide more benefits as they may be part of a larger corporation, but not always.

Learn how to become a senior caregiver and for those seeking to become a C.N.A., remember that this is the first step in becoming a L.P.N. or R.N.

 

 

 

 

 

Caregiver Pay: Minimum Wage Catching Up as Connecticut Increases to $10.10

Connecticut is leading the way with more than basketball for the U.S.A., as UConn wins the March Madness Final Four Basketball Tournament and legislators increase the minimum wage to be above $10.00 per hour.  They are a state that is showing us how to move things forward in more ways than one this year.

Caregivers working as professionals for senior care companies already earn more than minimum wage, with the average companion caregiver hourly rate at $10.00 per hour.  As the national conversation around minimum wage has continued to engage our country, Connecticut becomes the first state to step forward and pass legislation requiring minimum wage in their state to be $10.10 per hour by January 2017.  They gave plenty of time for this to go into action - maybe enough time for the current law makers to be out of office - but at least this is a step in the right direction.

Senior caregivers are in demand as the country's Baby Boomer population ages.  Anyone with a caring personality, clean background check and desire to connect with a senior may begin a career as a senior caregiver by applying to a part-time or full-time caregiver job in their area.  While professional senior care companies will provide training for each client, and provide training to meet any licensing requirements in their state, they may also prefer that you have some personal caregiving experience.  You may take an online course to learn the basic caregiver skills.  You may also refer-a-friend to be a senior caregiver as right now there are not enough caregivers in many areas of the country.

Beat Caregiver Stress with Humor

If you are a senior caregiver, you already know what it means to make a difference in someone’s life in a meaningful way. And you are not alone. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, due to the increasing number of aging Baby Boomers, the number of Home Health Aides and Personal Care Assistants is projected to grow by 49% over the next ten years — much faster than the average workforce. The need for trained and certified caregivers isn’t going anywhere.

Family caregivers, also known as informal caregivers make up 29% of the U.S. adult population, providing care to someone who is ill, disabled or aged as of November 2012, according to The National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP.

Where there are caregivers, you’ll find caregiver stress. Both professional and non-professional caregivers can find their own health at risk due to high levels of stress, anxiety and exhaustion due to the nature of caring for the elderly.

Humor is a valuable weapon against stress. April is National Humor Month. Originally founded in 1976 by author and humorist Larry Wilde, the original idea was to “heighten public awareness of the therapeutic and restorative values of joy and laughter.” Studies have shown that laughter does indeed affect people on a physiological level.

A good laugh can not only make you feel better, but laughing can have the following effects:

Blood Flow
Like mild exercise, a good laugh can stretch your muscles, boost your heart rate, and get more oxygen into your tissues.

Immune System
Laughing can boost your immune system by raising the level of infection-fighting antibodies in the body.

Relaxation
Laughter can relieve physical tension and relax your muscles for up to 45 minutes.

According to Natural News, laughter can also help fight infections, relieve hay fever, ease pain and help with chronic fatigue.

I thought it might be appropriate to post comedian Jeff Foxworthy and caregiver/author Peter Rosenberger’s AARP video to help you figure out if you might be a caregiver. Granted, they produced it for November’s National Family Caregivers Month, but I’m sure the laughs will be just as welcome now.

Take some time out of your busy schedule to find the humor in your everyday life. Laughter may be the best medicine, and as a caregiver, you deserve to treat yourself to the emotional and physical benefits that laughter and joy bring.

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 little something to brighten up a gray Monday morning. It was taken at Kew Gardens in London and reminds of the simple beauty of nature.  Feel free to share this photo with your loved ones. 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. Have a great week. 

"The pessimist sees the problems in every opportunity.  

Whereas the optimist sees the opportunity in every problem."  -Winston Churchill

Chicago, Illinois Caregiver Wins Refer-a-Friend Monthly Grand Prize for Referring Her Friends to Caregivelist Job Application

Congratulations to the February monthly winner of Caregiverlist Refer-a-Friend and Win program - caregiver Monet Coleman from Chicago, IL.

Monet referred her friends and family for caregiving jobs that are available on Caregiverlist.com, and she won a free stylish scrubs outfit and a pair of shoes, courtesy of Scrubs Magazine. February caregiver winner will receive a chic scrub to look fabulous this spring, as a thank you for taking care of her loved ones, and for making a difference in seniors' lives. Read Rebeca's caregiving story to find out what lead her to caregiving career, and then refer your friends, family and coworkers for professional Caregiving Jobs near you.

 

Here is Monet's reasons as to why she enjoys being a Caregiver:

What led you to begin a career in caregiving?

The main thing that led me to begin a career in caregiving was my grandmother who I cared for before she passed away last year. I also was led by my love for the elderly and for the children.

 

What is one of your most memorable caregiving experiences?

One of my most memorable caregiving experiences was when I would just sit and talk with my grandmother, because she wasn't always up to beat with holding conversations, but when she was we would have awesome conversations about the past on how me and my siblings would come over her house for the weekends. It was perfect.

 

What has being a caregiver taught you?

Being a Caregiver has taught me a big deal of responsibility. Since I do not have kids yet, I have hands on experience with caring for one of my family members long term.

 

How do you manage the stress that comes with caregiving?

I manage the stress that comes with caregiving by not even thinking of the stress consistently, because I am not the type that gets overly stressed, it happens every once in a while but not too often.

 

Senior care companies hire Professional Caregivers, C.N.A.’s, & C.H.H.A.’s weekly from Caregiverlist, the only Caregiver Career Center customized for the senior care industry. Build your professional caregiver resume, and apply for multiple caregiving positions near you online.

 

Refer-a-friend to Caregiverlistand get entered to win a free 8-hour online caregiver training program. A new winner is drawn weekly. One monthly GRAND PRIZE WINNER receives a Scrub of the Month (top, bottoms and pair of shoes), courtesy of Scrubs Magazine.

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Springtime Senior Caregiving

Spring is finally in the air — mild temperatures and a little sun are a welcome respite from a long and brutal winter. Seniors and caregivers who have been cooped up for so many months can finally step outside for some much-needed fresh air and a little vitamin D. It’s the perfect time to have some fun outdoors (before turning your attention to caring for the elderly during summer.)

Outdoor activities for seniors can range from a simple walk in the neighborhood to some more interesting and challenging recreation. Fresh air and physical activity have been shown to have positive effects on both physical and mental well-being. Some seniors can play tennis or ride bikes; others may need slightly more sedate activities. As always, senior safety and welfare should be the guiding factor.

Here are some ideas for excursions for both seniors and their caregivers:

Gardening
Start with a visit to a garden center and confer with experts. Perhaps a full-blown vegetable garden is a little more daunting an undertaking than some seniors want to take on, but there are many fruits, vegetables and flowers that do very well in containers if space and activity level is limited. In addition to tending to growing plants, seniors (and their caregivers) can look forward to enjoying a nutritious bounty at harvestime!

Flea Markets and Craft Fairs
Flea markets and craft fairs are ideal places for seniors to buy gifts (for themselves or others) on a budget. It’s also a great way to connect with people — vendors love to talk about their goods. Go early to avoid crowds.

Walks in Nature
In Chicago, we’re lucky enough to have a beautiful preserved lakefront ideal for walking. But almost all towns have parks or nature centers. Even strictly urban walks can be restorative. Just remember to take care and apply sunscreen, wear a hat and bring water. And comfortable shoes are a must.

Hobbies and Games
Bird Watching, fishing, kite flying are all low stress outdoor activities that can be enjoyed by those of any age. Not sure where to start? Visit your local library and check out how-to guides. Many communities offer clubs for seniors to get together and enjoy outdoor activities.

Take the Indoors Outdoors
Almost anything you enjoy indoors can be taken outside. Reading a book on a bench in the park or on a patio in sunshine can be preferable to reading by lamplight in a stuffy room. Chess, backgammon, and card games work just as well on a picnic table as a kitchen table. And speaking of picnics, enjoy a meal al fresco. Chances are you won’t be alone, and the people-watching will provide seniors and caregivers much to talk about.

Getting outside and enjoying activities can foster closer connections between seniors and their caregivers. Remember to ask what your senior client or loved one might like to do, but make suggestions for activities outside the box. You’re never too old to try new things!

Photo by: Betty Roggenkamp

Senior caregivers are a vital to enabling the elderly age more enjoyably. If you are a certified companion caregiver, consider becoming the next career step in your caregiving career. Become a Certified Nursing Aide by taking a local C.N.A. course. Visit the Caregiverlist Career Center for more information.

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 was taken at Land's End in Cornwall, England and shows us some of the majesty of the world around us. Feel free to share this photo with your loved ones. 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.

 

"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."  -Robert Brault

When Seniors Live at Home, It's Safety First

Seniors in America, by and large, prefer to age in place, at home. In fact, according to AARP, over 80 percent of seniors want to stay in their own homes as they age. However, many seniors need help with ADLs or activities of daily living, such as eating, dressing, bathing, toileting, shopping and medication management. Family caregivers many times find themselves stretched to a breaking point. Between work, caring for their own children, and other day-to-day demands on their time, caring for a senior may be a burden too great to bear.

Assisted living and nursing homes are options when family believes their loved-one can no longer live safely at home alone. But if 24-hour care isn’t needed, the autonomy, independence, and comfort-level of aging at home is preferential for most seniors. The biggest concern for seniors aging in place, at home, and many times alone, is safety.

A safe home is especially important in later years, as seniors begin to experience reduced eyesight, poorer balance, reduced flexibility, etc. AARP has identified the following primary living space concerns:

  • Safety features such as non-slip floor surfaces.
  • Bathroom aides such as grab bars.
  • A personal alert system that allows people to call for help in emergencies.
  • Entrance without steps.
  • Wider doorways.
  • Lever-handled doorknobs.
  • Higher electrical outlets.
  • Lower electrical switches.

In-home caregivers need to be chosen with safety in mind. Adrienne Sierra addresses the home care provider choice in her recent U-T San Diego Healthy Aging column, Feel Safe and Secure with In-Home Care. In it she discusses the precautions and safeguards that go into choosing a professional caregiver and keeping a safe home environment a priority.

Caregiverlist recommends working with a quality home care agency in order to assure that the caregiver has received qualified caregiver training such as the training and certification offered by Caregiverlist Training University’s Basic Caregiver Training. Home care agencies also routinely perform background checks and drug testing prior to employment.

Safety and security should be the number one priority for seniors and their families. With proper precautions, seniors should be able to remain in the comfort and familiarity of their own homes and lead independent lives longer.

West Virginia Caregiver Wins Caregiver Job Refer-A-Friend Weekly Prize

Congratulations to this weeks winner of the Caregiverlist Refer-A-Friend and Win Program- Caregiver Sydney Stone from West Virginia

Sydney referred her friends and family for caregiving jobs that are available on Caregiverlist.com, and she won a free 8-hour Training from Caregiverlist Training University. Every weekly winner will receive a free training. Read Sydney's story to find out what lead her to her caregiving career, and then refer your friends, family, and coworkers to professional caregiving jobs near you.
 
Meet Sydney to learn more about the benefits of becoming a professional senior caregiver.
 
 
-What led you to begin a career in caregiving?
I love helping people no matter what their age is.
 
-What is one of your most memorable caregiving experiences?
Dinner time was always fun and I was constantly laughing.
 
-How many years have you been a caregiver?
Two years.
 
What has being a caregiver taught you?
Be PATIENT.
 
How do you manage the stress that comes with caregiving?
I take a break and call my mom
 
Senior care companies hire Professional Caregivers, C.N.A's and C.H.H.A's weekly from Caregiverlist, the only Caregiver Career Center customized for the senior care industry. Build your profession caregiver resume, and apply for multiple caregiving positions near you online.
 
Refer-A-Friend to Caregiverlist and get entered to win a free 8-hour online caregiver training program. A new winner is drawn weekly. One month GRAND PRIZE WINNER receives a Scrub of the Month (tops, bottoms, and shoes) courtesy of Scrubs Magazine. 
 
 

 

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