Retirement Community Casts Seniors in Classic Movie Stills

Nursing homes and retirement communities are successful if they offer something more than a “last stop” refuge for their elderly residents.

We at Caregiverlist have always championed unique and fun experiences that nursing homes have to offer — from the special music video produced at Waverly Mansion, London, Ontario, to the gala opera concert of fictional Beecham House in the movie Quartet — proving that “late in life” does not equal “end of fun”.

The Contilia Retirement Group in Essen, Germany recreated iconic Hollywood movie stills for its 2014 Calendar, starring 10 of its senior residents. Professional photographers and stylists reinterpreted scenes from classics such as Giant, Easy Rider, and The Seven Year Itch along with more contemporary movies like Titanic and The Blues Brothers. About 5,000 calendars were printed and distributed to residents, staff and family members. The oldest senior participant is 98 years old, the youngest, 75.

What began as a whimsical gift for the Contilia Retirement family has had remarkable international coverage, with over 100 media requests from around the world. “The surprise is we have succeeded," said Heinz-Jürgen Heiske, Managing Director at Contilia. "As a Board, we are always happy when we succeed in everyday life for the residents and for the staff to be something special.”
James Bond
Wilhelm Buiting, 89
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Marianne Brunsbach, 86
Erna Rütt, 86, and Alfred Kelbch, 81

Easy Rider

Walter Loeser (left), 98, und Kurt Neuhaus, 90


Erwin J. von der Heiden, 80

Mary Poppins

Erna Schenk, 78

The Seven Year Itch

Ingeborg Giolbass, 84, and Erich Endlein, 88

Blues Brothers

Lothar Wischnewski (left), 76, and Margarete Schmidt, 77


Martha Bajohr, 77


Joanna Trachenberg, 81, and Horst Krischat, 78

Saturday Night Fever

Irmgard Alt, 79, and Siegfried Gallasch, 87

Dirty Dancing

Johann Liedtke, 92 and Marianne Pape, 79

Senior care costs continue to rise, so make sure you get the most benefit for your buck. While there is no guarantee of Hollywood-style photo shoots or operatic galas, Caregiverlist’s Nursing Home Star-Ratings take the top criteria from the government inspection reports to help you choose the right and best nursing home for you or your loved one.

You can see the entire calendar here.

Long-Term Care Ombudsman - Advocate for Quality of Life

What does a Nursing Home Ombudsman do? It’s a question we get a lot here at Caregiverlist.

Ombudsman comes from the Swedish word meaning, literally, representative. It’s the Long-Term Care Ombudsman’s responsibility to advocate for residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other adult care facilities. They investigate citizen complaints, report findings, and suggest solutions. They are also advocates for on a legislative level to improve the quality of care for seniors.

Senior care costs, especially within institutional settings, are spiraling. With approximately 1.6 million Americans over the age of 65 living in institutions such as nursing homes, it is vital that residents and their families are getting the best service for the money they are paying. Long-Term Care Ombudsmen are at the front line, investigating nursing home violations and ensuring that quality care is provided.

The Ombudsman Program began in 1972 as a Public Health Service demonstration project in seven states, responding to the problems of nursing home residents and operated under the authorization of the Older Americans Act. The program was transferred to the Area on Aging in 1974 and in 1978, Congress amended the OAA to include a requirement that each state develop a Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.

There are 53 state ombudsmen (50 states, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam). Each Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman is headed by a director who oversees thousands of local ombudsman staff and volunteers. The services of the office are free and confidential. In 2011 (the most recent annual report to Congress), Ombudsmen nationwide completed resolution work on 204,044 complaints and resolved or partially resolved 73 percent of these complaints to the satisfaction of the resident or complainant.

Simply put, the Long-Term Care Ombudsman’s role is to preserve the Residents' Rights Guarantee Quality of Life.

The 1987 Nursing Home Reform Law protects the following rights of nursing home residents:

  • Right to Be Fully Informed of available services, facility rules, survey reports and the like, and in a language they understand.
  • Right to Complain without fear of reprisal.
  • Right to Participate in One's Own Care including the right to be informed of their medical condition, participate in their care-planning, and also the right to refuse medication and treatment.
  • Right to Privacy and Confidentiality regarding medical, personal, or financial affairs.
  • Rights During Transfers and Discharges.
  • Right to Dignity, Respect, and Freedom from mental and physical abuse, corporal punishment, involuntary seclusion, and physical and chemical restraint.
  • Right to Visits by a resident’s personal physician, relatives, friends, and anyone of the resident’s choosing. A resident also has the right to refuse visitors.
  • Right to Make Independent Choices both inside and outside the nursing home.

If you or a senior you know has need of a Long-Term Care or Nursing Home Ombudsman, you can find yours in Caregiverlist’s By-State information. They are there to resolve nursing home complaints, request better care and for feedback when choosing a nursing home.

Value of Vitamins Questioned in Recent Studies

Senior care shifts can be long and arduous. Taking care of others is hard work and sometimes comes at the expense of taking care of ourselves. Everyone would like to think that there is an easy path — a magic bullet — to self-care. I know I’ve said, “I don’t need to go to the gym, I move mom from her bed to her chair five times a day. I go up and down the stairs all day doing laundry.” But really, that’s no replacement for a good workout with weights and the elliptical.

It’s the same with nutrition. We assume that a good vitamin or supplement can take the place of a healthy diet. Our friends at Scrubs Magazine take a look at recent studies to see if relying on vitamins and supplements is a good idea.

With life and work always seeming to get more and more hectic, it can seem like an easy fix us to turn to multivitamins and supplements to help maintain proper nutrition. But a few new studies suggest that these may not be the best way to go.

In fact, the debate on the usefulness of multivitamins and other supplements has been ongoing for years, and there’s never been a definitive answer. One new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine makes its opinion clear:

“The message is simple: Most supplements do not prevent chronic disease or death, their use is not justified, and they should be avoided,” said an editorial that accompanied the study, according to USA Today. This statement was signed by two researchers from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, a British researcher and one of the journal’s senior editors.

An unrelated study that was published in the same medical journal found that multivitamins taken by heart attack survivors had no effect on the progression of heart disease.

However, studies have also found no harm in standard multivitamins, either directly or indirectly (through causing those who take them to eat worse or otherwise neglect their health).

On a related note, an editorial in The New York Times warns of the risks of giving vitamins and supplements to children. The piece is written by Paul A. Offit, chief of the division of infectious disease at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Sarah Erush, clinical manager in the pharmacy department at the same hospital.

The two point out that dietary supplements are not regulated as drugs by the FDA, and therefore not all of the reactions of specific drugs may be known. Additionally, the authors of the editorial point out that this presents even more of a problem when parents don’t reveal all the supplements their children are taking when they bring them to the hospital.

Of course, there are many on the other side who still endorse the use of vitamins and supplements, and it is unclear if the real benefit and/or risks of every supplement will ever be known.

Caregiverlist wants to know: do you take vitamins and supplements? Do you believe they can take the place of, or at least work in conjunction with healthy eating? Do you sometimes rely too much upon them for your daily nutrition?

Do you eat the same healthy meal you might serve to your senior charge? Let us know in the comments. Do you want to learn more about eldercare nutrition and exercise? Consider purchasing Caregiverlist’s online caregiver training and certification to give you the tools you need to be the best senior caregiver you can be.

Golden Globe Winners 2015: The Year of the Nursing Home Sitcom?

The Golden Globes 2014 are done — Bye Tina Fey! So long Amy Poehler! See you next year! — and I’m sure networks are already thinking about which shows and stars might make it to the red carpet in 2015.

This year, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and its star, Andy Samberg took home Golden Globes for Best TV Comedy and Best Actor in a TV Comedy, respectively. Don’t get me wrong, I love the show and watch it whenever I can but really, hasn’t the old “detective precinct” comedy been done before? (I’m looking at you, Barney Miller.)

If you want an original workplace comedy, well, place, I’d like to present a couple of comedies I’ve discovered recently.

Approximately 1.6 million Americans over the age of 65 live in institutions such as nursing homes. 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day and they can expect to live to 84 years old. This means that chances are, someone you know, or you yourself, may wind up in a nursing home or extended care facility. An aging population will increase demand, but costs and limited funding will make it difficult to provide the needed level of care. Now, doesn’t that just scream comedic situations?

The Netflix Original Series Derek stars Ricky Gervais in a “comedy-drama about a loyal nursing home caretaker who sees only the good in his quirky co-workers as they struggle against prejudice and shrinking budgets to care for their elderly residents.” Derek is a simple, sweet man who loves his job at Broad Hill nursing home, along with its residents. His best friends are his co-workers, including the nursing home manager. “Best of all is Hannah (Kerry Godliman),” says Derek. “She’s the manager here and she’s the nicest person in the world. She cares for everyone.” Hannah is a model senior caregiver. “People think care means 3 meals a day and a bed. But it means caring. And if you don’t care, you shouldn’t be in the job.” According to Derek, no one in his life treats him as well as the elderly in his charge. Even as he cuts their toenails or helps them manage through traffic, he considers himself the luckiest man in the world. Mr. Gervais is all but unrecognizable from his role as the abrasive David Brent in the UK’s The Office. Although filmed in the same mockumentary style, Derek has a broad sweetness that The Office certainly didn’t have.

In Derek, “Kindness is Magic”, but this trailer is NSFW.

HBO’s Getting On, is based on the British sitcom of the same name. The creators of Big Love present this new comedy set in The Billy Barnes Extended Care Unit of a fictional Long Beach hospital where many of the female patients suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Chicago veteran stage actress and Emmy winner Laurie Metcalf (Roseanne) is beleaguered Dr. Jenna James, Alex Borstein is eager-to-please nurse Dawn Forchette, and Niecy Nash is Denise “Didi” Ortley, the elderly caregiver I’d like to hire for myself, right now.

More than anything, this show gives a great and honest glimpse into the duties and responsibilities of a caregiver a long term care setting, dealing with red tape and always in fear of losing its Medicare reimbursement. In a hilariously literal game of “telephone”, nurses try to translate an elderly woman’s Cambodian with the translation department. Nurses are overworked and underappreciated and have to fill out the proper paperwork before simply doing what is needed.

“They say extended care is boring, which it is not. It is totally where the action is,” Dawn tells Didi, while bemoaning the lack of testosterone in the department. This is a sitcom that doesn’t shirk away from showing all the difficulties inherent in the eldercare industry, from the job of toileting to the responsibility of delivering news of the death of an 87 year old “baby sister”.

Check out this trailer. It too is NSFW.

Both are worth a watch for a true look at the life of caregivers and the elderly who rely upon them.

Have you seen either of these shows? Do you think they are realistic looks at caregivers and the caregiving industry?

Scrubs to Beat the Cold

Cold enough for you? As bitter temps make their way across the country, Scrubs magazine has some suggestions on how to keep stylish and warm during the coldest months.

The Holly and the Ivy

How do you mix red and green without looking too much like an extra in Elf? By toning down these hues so they aren’t quite so “North Pole.” Instead, start with a deep wine red mock wrap top with contrasting black trim. Add a hunter green jacket worn open on top. Black or wine red scrubs pants finish the look.


From Day to Evening

Planning to wear your warm-up jacket all through your shift? Then why not choose one that’s a real stunner? Forget red and green. Go for a rich, royal eggplant instead. A snap front style lets you open and close the jacket throughout the day as needed for when you go from freezing cold to just mildly chilly. The shapely cut of this scrubs topper make it an elegant choice for the deep of winter. Wear it over black, white, gold, or green to match your mood.


Flip It Like It’s Hot

This is the find of the season—the cutest warm-up jacket on the market. This cardigan-style charmer has a Swiss dot pattern of white and blue on one side with blue and white pinstripes on the other. It’s a cozy, stretchy double face jersey knit for maximum snuggle factor. The waterfall lapels mean you never have to worry about losing a button or getting a zipper snagged. With patch pockets on the stripey side and the spotty side, we bet a lot of nurses are going to stuff these jackets inside and out with gear. Wear it over a crisp white scrubs top to look your best on every shift.


Sleek, Stylish and Sweet

And just perfect for Valentine's Day! While some warm-up jackets can be a little baggy, this one is definitely more sporty. The black knit side panels add shape and are visually slimming. Ribbed knit cuffs let you push up your sleeves and get to work right away. The “Unchain My Heart” print has a field of linked hearts tumbling against a black backdrop that appears to be sprinkled with snow flurries. Pair it with a shocking red or pink scrubs top underneath.



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Senior Care Considerations During Polar Vortex

Since most of the United States is locked in the grip of a fierce “polar vortex”, or sub-zero temperatures, I thought it might be a good time to revisit special considerations of elderly care during this time of extreme weather. Here in Chicago, yesterday’s low temperature was -16F, with a windchill of -50F. Elsewhere in the Midwest and Plain states, all-time low temperature records were broken. Exposure to the elements could result in frostbite or hypothermia in just a few minutes.

The elderly are vulnerable during extreme weather, especially those with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia who are prone to wandering. In New York state, an elderly woman suffering from Alzheimer’s disease left her home and was found dead in the snow, not more than 100 yards from her door. So as the frigid temperatures make their way east and south, all the way down to Florida, be on guard for the special needs associated with the aged.

Older adults lose body heat more quickly than the young, and hypothermia can set in fast. According to Stay Safe in Cold Weather, by the National Institute on Aging, “for an older person, a body temperature colder than 95 degrees can cause many health problems such as a heart attack, kidney problems, liver damage, or worse.”

Certain medications can make it easier for the elderly to get hypothermia, so check with a physician if that’s a concern.

Keep the house warm by restricting open rooms. Shut their vents and doors to maximize heat in the living and sleeping areas. Close blinds and curtains to help eliminate drafts.

Food is fuel, so make sure the senior eats enough. Also, cold air is drier, so make sure they keep hydrated. Caregiver training recommends a senior drink 64oz. of liquid (preferably water) daily.

If space heaters are used for supplemental heat, be sure they are turned off before bed and when unattended and make sure a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector are nearby, as these are common concerns.

If your senior family member or client shows the following signs, call 911 immediately, as these are signs of advanced hypothermia:

  • moving slowly, trouble walking, or being clumsy
  • stiff and jerky arm or leg movements
  • slow heartbeat
  • slow, shallow breathing
  • blacking out or losing consciousness

As always, if you or a senior in your care needs special help, contact your state's Area Agency on Aging. Until this arctic weather passes (and it shall, just not soon enough!), Caregiverlist wishes all seniors and their caregivers to stay warm and safe.


Taking the Certified Nursing Aide Exam: A Story

Senior care is more than just a job, it’s a calling. It’s what we at Caregiverlist truly believe and the staff at Caregiverlist proves the point. Many come from eldercare backgrounds and feel very strongly about our mission, “Caring for the Caregiver” because we’ve lived it.

Caregiverlist account manager Patrick Welch began his career as a C.N.A. at age 16. In a previous post, Patrick shared his story about becoming a C.N.A. and working as a C.N.A. during his clinical trials training. Here he talks specifically about taking his C.N.A. exam.

After my interesting and memorable experience taking the 120 hour Wisconsin C.N.A. class and having my first resident pass away during my 32 hours of clinical training in a rather abrupt and unconventional manner, it was time for me to take the official C.N.A. exam. There are a few different companies who administer the Nurse Aide exam. I took the sample exam through Headmaster as a refresher and passed with a 93%. The official Wisconsin exam I needed to pass was through Pearson Vue, includes a written and evaluation portion of the exam. The two-part exam takes approximately 3 hours and is comprised of approximately 60 multiple choice and 10 reading comprehension questions, in addition to 5 randomly selected skills to be performed during the evaluation portion.

After my class, I registered to take the official Wisconsin Nurse Aide exam and paid my $115 exam fee. In a letter I received shortly after, I was notified I would be taking my exam in Wausau, Wisconsin at a semi-monthly testing facility, which happened to be located on the same technical college campus where I took my nurse aide class.

I came in early to sign-in, and was asked to provide a valid ID. This is important — make sure you have a valid form of identification or they will not let you take the exam. As all the students trickled into the waiting room, we waited to be called into the classroom to start their exams.

I finished the written portion of my exam with plenty of time to spare, flipped it over and waited to be called for my turn to complete the evaluation portion. I felt that the written portion was a breeze, but I was slightly anxious about the evaluation portion. What if I had to perform female peri-care in front of an instructor, would I get it right? As a male C.N.A., you always have a little push back and this was certainly on my mind. However, growing up around a mother who was a nurse and having an excellent instructor throughout my 120 hour C.N.A. course, I figured that no matter what they throw at me I could handle it.

When they finally called my name, I walked into the next room where the skills evaluation takes place and was given five random tasks. “You need to demonstrate proper hand washing techniques, female peri-care, feeding a diabetic patient, dental care, and recording vital signs” stated my instructor. I knew that I could handle all of these tasks, the only one I was slightly anxious on was female peri-care, but my instructor had taught me a way to remember how to properly handle this skill, with a simple rhyme; majora majora, minora minora, down the middle, obviously this is very basic on how to handle this task, but it provided me with a guide to properly perform this skill.

Proper handwashing techniques are vital to remember before performing any task, and depending on the skill may require you to wash your hands more than once. Make sure that you always listen to exactly what your instructor tells you and remember to perform the task exactly as you learned it. I left the testing facility feeling pretty good about myself — all that was left was to wait for the results to be mailed to me, which can take up to 2 weeks. When the letter finally came, I was relieved to see that I had successfully passed my nurse aide exam and was an official Wisconsin Certified Nursing Aide.

Are you compassionate? A team player with a positive attitude, well sounds like you’re ready to become a C.N.A.. Look up a C.N.A. school in your area and get enrolled today. Listen to Patrick discuss becoming a C.N.A. in Part One of this BlogTalkRadio series: Becoming a Certified Nursing Aide.

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Senior Care: Preventing and Treating Flu in the Elderly

It’s flu season and seniors over 65 are particularly susceptible. Why? Blame the weakened immune system found in many elderly. A particularly nasty bout with the flu could even result in death. According to, 90% of flu-related deaths and more than half of flu-related hospitalizations occur in people age 65 and older.

Flu vaccination is imperative, especially for the elderly. Over 6.5 million people who would have gotten sick during the 2012-2013 flu season, didn't, because they got a flu shot, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. The report also asserts that an estimated 79,000 hospitalizations from influenza were averted thanks to the vaccination

In addition to receiving the flu vaccine, there are other everyday steps you can take to protect you or your client or loved one from the flu:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub. Antibacterial soap DOES NOT offer any extra protection.
  • Avoid the spread of germs by refraining from touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Build up the immune system with good health habits. Get plenty of sleep and exercise, drink plenty of fluids, and eat healthy food.
  • Watch your stress level. This is particularly true for caregivers. Stress—especially chronic stress—increases your risk of disease.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone. Influenza, left untreated, could develop into pneumonia, an infection of the lungs. Pneumonia is the fifth overall cause of death among seniors. While sick, seniors will need support from a caregiver.

It looks like the flu if there’s the following:

  • A 100F or higher fever or feeling feverish (not everyone with the flu has a fever)
  • A cough and/or sore throat
  • A runny or stuffy nose
  • Headaches and/or body aches
  • Chills
  • Fatigue

Ok, we’ve got it—so what treatment is there for a senior with the flu? suggests getting immediate emergency medical attention if the following is present:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Purple or blue discoloration of the lips
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough

If the flu is serious enough, a doctor may provide antiviral medication. Otherwise, the course of action for flu symptom treatment without medication would include:

  • Rest, rest and more rest
  • Drinking clear fluids like water, broth, or electrolyte beverages to prevent dehydration
  • Reducing the heat of a fever by placing a cool, damp washcloth on the forehead, arms, and legs
  • Placing a humidifier in the room to make breathing easier
  • Covering up with a warm blanket

Caregivers should go along with their senior client to get a flu shot. They should also make sure they take good care of themselves during flu season, so they can better take care of their seniors.

Holidays Mean the Little Red Scrub

As the days become shorter and the winter chill sets in, a lively scrub is just what you might need to get you through the holiday season. Scrubs magazine has chosen some fresh new looks in scrub tops to help you spread holiday cheer as the lady (or guy) in red.

This mock wrap top is flattering on a variety of physiques. It features comfortable knit side panels and two front patch pockets, an empire waist top and has front and back elastic for excellent shaping. (

The cute keyhole is fun and fashionable! It’s a mock wrap top with bust darts, patch pockets and side vents. Stylish and comfortable!(


Do you prefer something in a round neck? This junior fit top has decorative snaps on an asymmetrical curved style line. A hidden inseam pocket is enhanced with a patch pocket underneath, as well as another roomy patch pocket at the left front with an sectional exterior pocket and a bungee loop. Room enough for everything! (


Wine, while not quite red, is still a fashionable holiday choice. This men's fit top features a chest pocket with a "D" ring, one pocket on the left sleeve with additional self loops for holding pens. Set-in sleeves, a front and back yoke, multi-needle top stitching and side panels make this an excellent scrubs choice. (

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5 Tips to Ease Caregiver Stress During the Holidays

Senior care can be stressful at the best of times. While the holidays are certainly a joyful time, the hustle and bustle may be disconcerting to caregiver and senior alike. The need to finish tasks, such as cooking, baking and shopping, can create an incredible level of stress in the senior’s home.

Family caregivers and professional caregivers (C.N.A.s and C.H.H.A.s) alike can succumb to holiday caregiver stress. Here are some tips to help yourself so you can better care for your senior client or loved one during this magical albeit overwhelming time of year.

Keep it Simple
Trying to do too much (or even as much as last year) can put undue stress on both caregiver and senior. Maybe paring back is not such a bad thing. Learn to let go of self-imposed holiday quota. Be prepared to scale back — from the amount of cookies to bake to the number greeting cards to send.

Enlist Help
Family caregivers tend to want to do it all themselves. If a sibling or other family member can’t provide respite care themselves, turn to a trusted Home Care Agency to provide a few hours of relief for you, the family caregiver. Family caregiver burnout is a real problem, no matter what time of year. Suggest to family and friends who ask that help could be the most valuable gift.

Look To Technology
Find apps that help you take a break and guide meditation. We found one that features a basic concept — a voiceover with a guided stress relief mental exercise. The app allows the user to choose from two basic guided meditation categories — a work break or for stress relief. There’s certainly a lot more available out there.

Stay Healthy
Your body is a machine. If it begins to break down, you won’t have the ability to care for your senior or yourself. Keeping up with the needs of the holidays requires stamina. Exercise, rest, and proper nutrition are the keys to keeping you working at peak performance.

Take a Moment
Every week, we at Caregiverlist post a calming photo dedicated to caregiver stress relief. The idea is a simple but important one — stop for just a moment and focus on a “happy place.” Sometimes that’s just enough to help you reset and recharge for better caregiving.

Take care of yourself as well as your senior this season. Holiday depression is a common byproduct of caregiver stress. Take steps to maximize the opportunity to have a happy and healthy holiday.

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