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California Caregiver Training Required by California Assembly Bill Number 1217

Molly Schlanker, 10/20/2015

New California Caregiver Training and Licensing Requirements California caregivers will now join a few other states which provide an official state registry for the home care aide caregivers to be a member of, verifying their background check information. Called the Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act, and sometimes referred to as "bill 1217", this new law will be in effect in January of next year for all California senior caregivers and senior home care agencies. California Assembly Bi...

Online Caregiver Training Options for Senior Caregivers

Molly Schlanker, 2/28/2014

Senior caregiving services have continued to grow as America's seniors are living longer while needing care for at least a few of their later years.  Senior caregiving has expanded to now offer professionally managed care in the home, adult day care centers and assisted living communities.  As the industry has grown, caregiver training standards are being implemented.   Proper caregiver training insures both the senior and the caregiver will enjoy care services in a safe env...

California Bill 1217 Creates Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act

Molly Schlanker, 10/20/2015

California senior caregiver licensing and training regulations were passed into law and signed by Governor Jerry Brown on October 13, 2013.  This new legislative action seeks to better regulate senior care companies and home care aides who work as senior caregivers. Called bill 1217 by many in the senior care industry, the final requirements include licensing fees for senior home care companies, a home care aide registry and specific guidelines for caregiver training. The training requireme...

Senior Caregiver Job Applications on Caregiverlist

Molly Schlanker, 7/24/2014


May Caregiverlist Nursing Home Costs and Ratings

Molly Schlanker, 7/24/2014


Exemption to Overtime Regulations of Caregivers Proposed

Molly Schlanker, 11/7/2012

Senior caregivers provide hourly and daily care for seniors in their homes and in senior living communities.  The daily "live-in" senior care has been exempt from over-time pay under the companionship exemption within the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  A new proposal by the Obama administration would change this.  The live-in caregivers who care for the senior during the day and sleep at night would qualify for over-time pay.  These caregivers have been classified ...

Washington Becomes First State To Regulate Elder Care Placement Referrals

Julie Northcutt, 12/19/2011

Eldercare placement referral companies have begun to populate the internet, and it turns out some are good and some are not so good.  Now the state of Washington has stepped in to help regulate the industry and define quality controls and systems that should be in place in order to protect seniors.  More and more states may be passing laws to regulate eldercare referral agencies as the industry matures. What will now be required?  The new law provides these requirements for elder...

Does Your Caregiver Have 75 Hours of Training, Analysis of Washington State Initiative 1163

Molly Schlanker, 12/27/2011

Washington voters passed Initiative 1163 this month, requiring 75-hours of training and FBI background-checks for all professional caregivers.  These new measures for senior caregivers seem like good ideas, but the governor of the state and many senior care professionals were advocating against this measure. Caregiverlist researched this issue to find out why. One union, SEIU (Service Employees International Union), spent more than $1 million dollars to promote passage of this ne...

Geriatric Care Manager Services for Seniors

Charlotte Bishop, 1/17/2012

Senior care services often must begin quickly, after a senior has suffered a sudden medical condition such as a stroke or developed an age-related illness such as Parkinson's or Alzheimer's disease.  As senior care impacts an entire family, both financially and emotionally, it can sometimes be beneficial to consult with and hire a Geriatric Care Manager (GCM).  Caregiverlist's guest columnist, Charlotte Bishop, explains the services and value provided by a professional Geriatric Care M...

Hiring Senior Caregivers: Avoid Tax and Legal Risks

Julie Northcutt, 6/22/2011

Senior caregiving is very different from child care, as sandwich generation parents and caregivers well know.  Children know they are expected to follow the instructions of their nanny or baby-sitter and it is also expected they will misbehave sometimes as they are growing children.  The parents are there at the beginning of the day and at the end of the day to hold everyone accountable. Senior care is completely different.  First, it is not at all baby-sitting and specific knowl...

NPR's Morning Edition Tackles Sandwich Generation Caregiving

Molly Schlanker, 5/1/2012

Caregiving for aging parents, while raising children, creates unique challenges for families.  Soon there will be a higher percentage of senior citizens than any other age group in America.  Beginning today, April 17, 2012, National Public Radio's Morning Edition program will begin broadcasting "Family Matters".  This series explores the new reality for many Americans as their parents are living longer.  In addition, families began having their first child often in their 30's...

Find Banks Still Offering Reverse Mortgages: Top Lenders Out

Leigh Ann Otte, 9/12/2011

High-profile exits shouldn’t make reverse mortgages harder to get, experts say. Other lenders are filling the void. Seniors seeking to age-in-place in their current homes sometimes seek a reverse mortgage as a way to safely tap into their home equity to help pay for senior care.  The recent banking crisis has changed the landscape for reverse mortgages. Reverse mortgages are loans for certain people age 62 and older, based in part on what their home is worth. The heavily regulated pr...

Washington State November Ballot: Voting to Increase Caregiver Training to 75 Hours

Molly Schlanker, 3/1/2012

Washington State Initiative 1163 Increases Caregiver Paid Training to 75 Hours Senior caregiving quality begins with the caregiver.  With this in mind, the state of Washington, in 2008, passed an initiative to require senior care companies to provide 75 hours of training to caregivers and to conduct a multi-state background check, along with a few other requirements.  However, the state of Washington delayed implementing the new law because they did not have the money to pay for the m...

Illinois Senior Care Costs: Nursing Homes and Illinois State Supported Senior Care

10/11/2011

Illinois Senior Care Costs:  Nursing Homes and Illinois State Supported Senior Care   In-Home Senior Care Assisted Living CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community) Nursing Home Veteran’s Care:  Home Companion and Nursing Aide Care or Veteran’s Retirement Home   Low-Income Illinois Seniors May Qualify for: Medicare Cost-Sharing Medicaid (pays for Nursing Home Care) Food Stamps   Medicaid financial qualifications for seniors age 65 or old...

Caregiver Turnover Impacts Care Quality

Julie Northcutt, 9/13/2011

Caregiver turnover for senior care companies can be as high as 75%.  Some of the senior caregiver turnover can be attributed to seniors passing away or recovering from an illness and no longer needing care.  The remaining reasons for high senior caregiver turnover are: difficult patients high client-to-staff ratio fluctuating schedules lower pay inflexible staffing Aging comes with some difficult aspects, such as outliving friends and family members a...

Illinois Nursing Home Violations Simplified

Julie Northcutt, 8/16/2012

Chicago, Illinois nursing homes and nursing homes throughout the state are inspected by health inspectors every 15 months.  These health inspection reports are provided to the public through the government's Medicare website.  You may review the Illinois nursing home violations for the 2nd quarter of 2012.  The violations are reported each quarter, with updates on the previous violations for the fines paid or violations removed after further investigation of the events. Nursing h...

Ronald Reagan: My Breakfast With The President

Julie Northcutt, 10/11/2011

In 1998, I was in Los Angeles attending a trade show for business.  I was the first employee in the advertising department for a new website and had convinced the dot-com start-up to purchase a booth at a trade show.  The marketing budget was still small and I would be exhibiting with what I could take and set-up in the convention center by myself.  In order to make it happen, I called my friend Ishtar, who had been an intern at a former company I worked for and now was pursui...

Maxim Health Care Pays $150 Million To Resolve Fraudulent Billing

Julie Northcutt, 10/17/2011

Maxim Health Care Services provides senior home health care in the home, both insurance reimbursed healthcare visits and private pay home care.  The company uses the name Care Focus and Max Health in some markets for their private duty senior care services. Improper billing practices were discovered at more than one office, as they conduct business in several states nationwide. Today it was announced that Maxim Health Care Services has agreed to pay $150 million to resolve fraud allegation...

Caregiver Games: Researcher Finds Game Playing to be Productive

Molly Schlanker, 11/7/2011

Caregiver games?  You may be wondering if you read this right.  It turns out there are many benefits received from involvement in game playing and now a new game for caregivers has been launched to deliver these benefits to caregivers. The Caregiver Village, an online game for caregivers, debuts this month.  The online game brings a virtual world of caregivers together to share support, resources and humor with each other.  The game, called The Village Chronicles, challenges...

Long-term Care Insurance: CLASS Act Included in Healthcare Law May Be On Hold

Molly Schlanker, 12/26/2011

Publisher Note:  On October 14, 2011, the Dept. of Health and Human Services reported that the CLASS Act may not be viable as participation is not mandatory for all.  Read More. Senior care can cost from $34,000 to more than $100,000 in a nursing home each year.  Most of us never plan on needing senior care, but insurance industry professionals who have done the research say we will probably need at least 2 years of senior caregiving.  As Americans are living longer, with th...

Elder Care Scams Watchlist

George Shaw, 4/10/2012

  Family members are unable to be by their elder's side 24/7.  As technology has enabled us to be more "wired" and connected, this has also enabled scammers to be more efficient.  The creation of multiple direct mail advertisements, emails, phone calls and sales promotions by companies, in order to sell their services or products makes it tough to sift the good from the bad.  However, there are some clues that will quickly allow you to identify a scam that could ...

New Office of Older Americans Part of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Molly Schlanker, 4/17/2012

Hubert Humphrey III Leads New Office of Older Americans Seniors are a target for exploitation, unfortunately, as their circumstances can easily fit the requirements for someone easy to exploit (especially if they are lonely, have extra time on their hands and are experiencing memory loss).  Now, the U.S. government is stepping in to protect the elderly with more safeguards and services. A new consumer advocate has been appointed through the creation of the new Office of Older Americans, a...

Minnesota’s New Law Requires Counseling Prior to Moving to Assisted Living

Molly Schlanker, 4/17/2012

Senior care options can be confusing, especially when trying to understand the costs of care and what benefits Medicare provides (only up to 100 days in a nursing home). Minnesota has passed a new law which went into effect on October 1, 2011, which will attempt to make sure a senior understands all the details of a move to an assisted living community. Seniors seeking assisted living in Minnesota now must speak to a counselor who will help them make better and less costly long-term care choic...

Illinois Announces 2Q 2011 Nursing Home Violations

Julie Northcutt, 5/1/2012

Nursing home violations are not included in the health inspections which are part of the Medicare star-ratings.  The state of Illinois has announced the violations for April through June, 2011.  You may review the nursing home's costs and star-ratings from the health inspection reports in Caregiverlist's nursing home directory. The Illinois Department of Public Health has initiated action, as indicated, against the following facilities which have been determined to be in v...

Nursing Home Care Moving to the Home

Molly Schlanker, 5/11/2012

Nursing home care for seniors has been the solution turned to by Medicare and Medicaid insurance for the last 70 years.  However, a few states are finally making strides forward in developing new managed care solutions for senior care. As seniors begin Medicare insurance at age 65, they discover that Medicare does not pay for ongoing long-term care needs, but only for short-term stays in a nursing home.  Medicaid, for very low-income seniors, does pay for ongoing nursing home stays.&n...

Remember in September: World Alzheimer's Month Initiatives

Julie Northcutt, 11/6/2011

Alzheimer's disease has affected millions of seniors and their families.  September has been designated as World Alzheimer's month and events are planned, including the Memory Walk in many cities, to raise awareness of the disease. Early diagnosis can help in slowing the progression of the disease, as some medications have been found to be effective although there is no cure currently.  As the disease progresses at different rates in each individual, the first step is securing a prope...

Caregiverlist Alzheimer's Diary: Norm McNamara

Norm McNamara, 11/7/2011

Alzheimer's disease has been a diagnosis Norm McNamara has faced with courage, wit and advocacy. His diary entry for September, Alzheimer's Awareness month, follows.   A Typical Day with Alzheimer’s I open my eyes and look round the room; it seems vaguely familiar but the memories of last night’s nightmares come thundering back into focus. Why is it if I have Alzheimer’s disease, I can always remember the nightmares? Just doesn’t seem fair. I turn and look at my ...

End-of-Life Care Video by Norm McNamara

Norm McNamara, 12/19/2011

Alzheimer's Disease was diagnosed for Norm McNamara when he discovered he was challenged by memory loss.  He shares his end-of-life video as part of his Caregiverlist diary entry.  He discusses the challenges of needing a caregiver and planning ahead for your care needs which includes discussing end-of-life care.       Research senior care options and plan ahead for your own care needs.

Affordable Care Act Remains with President Obama’s Election

Julie Northcutt, 12/13/2012

Senior caregivers often do not have health insurance.  Why?  Because it is not currently easy for small businesses to obtain affordable group health insurance and because many senior caregivers work part-time and do not qualify for the health insurance benefit that companies can only offer to full-time employees.  This just seems sort of wrong that we would ask someone to provide care services for a senior and yet not offer them health insurance.  Caregiverlist advocates for...

Pressure Sores: From Superman to Seniors

C. Charlotte Bishop, 4/17/2012

5 Tips for Preventing Bedsores in Seniors by Geriatric Care Manager C. Charlotte Bishop Health care providers call them decubitus ulcers, but most  people know these pressure wounds on the skin as bedsores.   Although bedsores as a medical condition are not tracked by the  Centers for Disease Control, it is generally estimated that about  two million Americans suffer with these ulcers any given year.   The vast majority of pressure ulcers occur among adults in thei...

Senior Care: Living to 100

Molly Schlanker, 5/11/2012

Senior care planning involves considering both health care needs as well as financial costs of care.  Questions to ask when planning for senior care include: How much care will I need? How much will the care cost? How long will I live? Technology and medical care advances are enabling Americans to live longer.  Living longer does come with new challenges. A woman age 65 in the U.S.A. has a greater chance of needing long-term care than having her home burn down (a 10x greater c...

Obama Care: Includes Systems to Eliminate $60 Billion in Medicare and Medicaid Overpayments and Fraud

Julie Northcutt, 8/16/2012

Senior healthcare needs are provided for by Medicare or Medicaid insurance, with all Americans required to enroll in Medicare or Medicaid at age 65.  Medicaid is for low-income seniors and actually provides more benefits, including ongoing long-term care in a nursing home.  One of the components of healthcare reform, agreed upon by both Democrats and Republicans, according to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee report, includes significant changes in the Medicare and Medicaid benefit qua...

Quilters Fund Alzheimer's Research

Kristin Kruk, 6/21/2013

The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI)  is an all-volunteer effort to raise awareness and fund research.  The AAQI sponsors a traveling quilt exhibit about Alzheimer's and sells small donated quilts online to fund research. The charity has raised almost $1,000,000 for research since it began in 2006, and has awarded 15 research grants (from $10,000 to $60,000) to institutions across the country including the University of Michigan, Temple University, Cornell University, Te...

Illinois State Troopers Out of Uniform, Strutting in Couture

Kristin Kruk, 6/17/2013

Fashion Flash 2013, a fashion show featuring state troopers modeling couture on the runway, raises money for Compass to Care Childhood Cancer Foundation.  This event in Chicago on July 27th, 2013, brings 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 t...

Certification to Save a Life, Brought to You by Chicago

Kristin Kruk, 6/24/2013

CPR administration occurring immediately after a sudden cardiac arrest doubles, or even triples, a victim’s chance of survival, according to the American Heart Association.  Unfortunately, a large percentage of Americans do not know how to deliver CPR. How much? 70% of the American population would not know how they could save a life. Chicago training site, Windy City CPR, offers a variety of classes that help prepare individuals for potential life threatening situations. The classes...

Medicare Supplemental Not Part of Obamacare

Renata Laszuk, 10/10/2013

Medicare coverage is confusing to many seniors and their caregivers, who question the new Affordable Healthcare Act and its marketplace, believing that they need to use the exchanges to purchase Medicare supplemental and prescription coverage. The Affordable Healthcare Act will have no effect on Medicare coverage. The policies sold within the private insurance exchanges are for people who have no existing health insurance. Those who are enrolled in Medicare do indeed have health insurance that ...

Five Wishes Provides Easy Legal Document for Care Requests

Angela Manhart, 9/10/2012

The Five Wishes document brings a solution to end-of-life care that only costs a few dollars, allowing seniors or any individual to have clear instructions and long-term health care wishes well organized and legally documented.  This allows family members, medical professionals and loved ones to know their wishes for end-of-life care should they become unable to be their own advocate. Developed in 1997, Five Wishes was written with the assistance of The American Bar Association’s Comm...

Caregiverlist® Receives Principal Register Trademark for Unique Tools

Julie Northcutt, 4/28/2014

Caregiverlist®, Inc. has been officially granted a Principal Trademark for the name Caregiverlist® associated with proprietary senior care options related to the unique nursing home ratings and costs, caregiver job applicant portal and senior care training programs. After successfully receiving a Supplemental Trademark, Caregiverlist® has surpassed the 5-year mark and all due diligence to receive the U.S. Trademark for the web based senior care tools along with an additional tradema...

Senior Care Scheduling and Billing Technology Tools for Better Care Efficiency

Molly Schlanker, 10/22/2015

Senior care companies must organize their systems in many areas in order to deliver quality senior care.  One of the biggest challenges for senior home care agencies lies in managing the scheduling and billing for the caregiver and the senior care client.  Caregivers working in a senior’s home need to arrive on time and leave on time, even though they do not have their care manager there to monitor this.  In addition, if a senior asks the caregiver to stay longer, the s...

Senior Care Jobs Increasing Rapidly: Caregiverlist Employment Index

Julie Northcutt, 1/19/2013

Senior caregiving services are needed by seniors who are experiencing age-related illnesses and with more seniors choosing to age-in-place in their own home, the senior home care industry has grown by 40% since 2008.  This means there will continue to be ongoing employment for professional senior caregivers.

"Mercy Killing" Warning Signs: How to Prevent a Violent End to Dementia

Leigh Ann Otte, 12/27/2011

On a cool Southern California day just before Thanksgiving last year, 88-year-old Roy Charles Laird walked into a nursing home and shot his wife in the head, police say. She was lying in bed. The story made national news. But it’s not unique. Laird’s 86-year-old wife had late-stage dementia. His daughter, Kathy Palmateer, told the Los Angeles Times it was a “mercy killing.”  “It’s everywhere. This is not new,” says Jane L. Mahakian, Ph.D., founder...

Alzheimer's Disease: Early Onset Diagnosis Diary Entry from Norm McNamara

Norm McNamara, 12/27/2011

Memory loss diagnosed as Alzheimer's disease brings the challenges of coping with a disease that progresses at different speeds and in a variety of ways for each individual.  What happens to the person who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease as memories are being lost? How do they feel when they hear their diagnosis?  How do they tell their loved ones?  Caregiverlist brings you the diary of Norm McNamara, from the United Kingdom, to allow you to find out. Norm McNa...

Illinois Medicaid Rules Modified as Lookback Increases to 5 Years

Molly Schlanker, 7/27/2012

Medicaid, the low-income health insurance for seniors, many times becomes a payment solution for those who need long-term nursing care.  Medicare is the health insurance program all seniors receive at age 65, but it does not pay for long-term care in a nursing home nor in the home (Medicare pays for short-term nursing home stays after a major medical incident, fully paying for up to 20 days and then partially paying for days 21 to 100). Illinois has made changes to their Medicaid qualifica...

Medicare Facts and New Proposed Options

Molly Schlanker, 11/4/2012

Medicare provides health insurance for seniors and has a sister service called Medicaid, for low-income seniors.  As the politicians jockey for position for the upcoming November elections, Caregiverlist provides a list of the facts regarding Medicare and Medicaid and the proposals on the table.   Medicare fraud has accounted for more than $60 billion in losses to the program each year - we'll just throw this out there as perhaps the first step in making sure this health care program ...

Senior Care Legal Documents

Molly Schlanker, 7/13/2014

Senior Care Legal Documents Seniors often do not plan ahead for senior care.  But as soon as senior care needs are required, you should make sure all of the proper legal documents which could be necessary for elder care are in place.  Especially now that medical doctors must enforce the privacy of medical records and seniors usually have more than one doctor.  Be sure to include in your senior planning the following legal documents: Health Insurance Information (HIPAA) Power ...

Study Confirms Few Plan Ahead for Senior Care

Molly Schlanker, 3/16/2013

Senior care professionals can all tell you that most seniors do not plan ahead for senior care needs. Everyone just assumes, or hopes, they will never need senior care.  Finding the right senior care option usually is a last-minute task after a senior has been hospitalized for a stroke or a hip replacement or another age-related illness.  As hospital stays have become shorter on Medicare and Medicaid, seniors are finding they must receive rehabilitation care in a nursing home and at th...

Caregiver Stress Confirmed in Stress Study

Molly Schlanker, 2/24/2012

Senior caregiver stress comes with the territory of caregiving.  All caregivers know that each day will bring new challenges, especially when caring for a senior who is on hospice care or who is dealing with memory loss. Stress in America, a survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of the American Psychological Association, confirms the strong link between caregiving and additional stress.  When unhealthy behaviors are used to manage stress, which is often the case, additional...

Family Caregiving Policy Suggestions from AARP

Molly Schlanker, 3/1/2012

Family caregiving challenges increase as care needs for a senior increase.  As the number of seniors will greatly increase in the coming decade, many initiatives are being considered to ease the care burden for senior's family members. The AARP Public Policy Institute has released a new paper, A Call to Action: What Experts Say Needs to Be Done to Meet the Challenges of Family Caregiving.  The paper highlights policy recommendations from an AARP Solutions Forum and summarizes 10 comm...

5 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease

Julie Northcutt, 11/7/2012

Alzheimer's disease brings a specific set of memory loss elements, making it different from other types of memory loss.  Alzheimer's disease also progresses in different ways for each person.  Seniors who believe they may be developing some memory loss should first obtain a diagnosis of the type of memory loss, in order to obtain the best care.   Medications are now available to slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease.  Clinical trials are being conducted currently to te...

Voice-Activated Speaker Phone Helps Seniors with Hearing Loss

Molly Schlanker, 1/17/2013

Telephone calls can be a challenge for seniors living with hearing loss.  Technology continues to advance and Clarity, a division of Plantronics has debuted a new voice-activated and hands-free speakerphone called Fortissimo.  As more seniors live longer lives, it has been predicted technology advancements will allow more convenient ways to age-in-place and this new phone is welcomed as a new tool for senior care. Fortissimo, the name of the new phone, allows seniors to have a convers...

Adapting Cheesecake Factory Success to Healthcare

Julie Northcutt, 11/4/2012

The Cheesecake Factory serves millions of customers each month, happily preparing food from a menu with 308 different meal choices at 160 restaurants nationwide.  In the New Yorker magazine's beach reading edition for the weeks of August 13th and 20th, Dr. Atul Gawande outlines how The Cheesecake Factory has duplicated successful systems in all of their locations and how healthcare simply does not at all create successful systems right now.  This has been the popular emailed article fo...

Caregiver Training: Online Caregiver Certification

Molly Schlanker, 4/17/2012

Quality Caregiver Training: Online Caregiver Certification Quality senior caregiving requires training in the proper skills.  While senior care might appear to be an easy job, it actually requires many skills.  It is not the same as spending time with a Grandparent.  And it is also very different from child care.  Children are taught to listen to their babysitters.  As for seniors, well, they might even be resistant to the caregiving services a caregiver is providing, e...

Inside Sales Account Manager Job Opening

Karen Rydstrom-Larson, 5/31/2014

Fast-growth digital company looking for a driven college graduate for an entry-level sales and account management position where you will receive outstanding training and gain experience in sales, marketing and account management with a leading innovator in the healthcare industry.  Join executive team with solid track record of success in growing companies and people. Caregiverlist.com will give you the opportunity to play an instrumental role in driving customer acquisition and retention...

Nursing Home Resident Killed (Husband Suspected)

Julie Northcutt, 9/13/2011

Three months ago, the husband of an 86-year-old woman with dementia relectuantly agreed to move her to a nursing home.  Now he is the suspect in her death, as a result of a gun shot wound to the head.  A .38 caliber revolver was in his pocket when officers arrived at the scene. Roy Chalres Laird, 88, visited his wife, Clara, three time a day.  They had been married for 70 years and moved to the nearby Leisure World retirement center 20 years ago.  As her memory loss made dre...

Legislative Watch: Medicare and Medicaid Fraud Fighting Intensifies

Julie Northcutt, 9/13/2011

Medicare and Medicaid fraud has gone on for years, in some instances, as unscrupulous operators and insurance companies bill for services that are never provided or overcharge for items or services that are provided.  Certainly the government has created systems that invited fraud, without proper checks and balances. Oddly, some industry associations are still wanting barriers to systems being put in place to combat fraud.  The American Medical Association does not want doctors to hav...

Review the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (CLASS)

9/13/2011

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama will enable Americans to better budget and plan for senior care and have an insurance program to pay for the costs. Today, senior with no personal assets to pay for senior care must spend-down to poverty level to qualify for Medicaid health insurance, which will only pay for long-term care in a Medicaid nursing home.  Review this new law below to understand how the Community Living Assistance Services...

Evaluating Nursing Home Costs and Quality Ratings

Julie Northcutt, 9/13/2011

Nursing home care is not a subject anyone usually wants to discuss or research until the need arises.  Then, in an emergency situation, accurate information must be obtained quickly.  Many times seniors are discharged from a hospital to a nursing home because they have been approved for a Medicare paid stay in the nursing home to recover.  Medicare will pay for a nursing home for up to 100 days, with medical doctor approval. As the owner of a senior home care agency which served ...

Health Care Fraud Results in $2.5 Billion in 2010

Julie Northcutt, 9/13/2011

Federal agents recovered $2.5 billion from health care fraud judgments in the budget year that ended in September, 2010.  Whistleblowers receive credit for this record-breaking amount, along with the Obama administration for making a renewed effort to focus on fraud.  While Congress looks for ways to cut budgets because of the deficit, a new drive to create more accountability for Medicare programs has begun.  A Congressional appointed commission voted 13-1 to also begin co-pays f...

Older American's Act Supporting Senior Centers, Meals on Wheels, up for Reauthorization

Leigh Ann Otte, 9/13/2011

At 92 years old, Elizabeth Marshall has been independent all her life, she says. And she’s not about to stop—thanks in part to the Older Americans Act, which affects millions of seniors and may be in for some changes this year. Testifying before the Senate Special Committee on Aging in May, Marshall revealed an independence ingrained in her psyche. She broke new ground in 1977, becoming the first female mayor of York, PA—a city of about 300,000 people at that time. After a ca...

Six Signs of Senior Identity Theft

Charlotte Bishop, 8/2/2012

Identity theft can happen to anyone, but in many respects seniors are easier prey.  First, they are the people who have a savings account or other nest egg that an identity thief may be trying to tap.  Second, they have had a career of earning and saving which has given them very respectable credit scores, and therefore an easy mark for someone looking to use someone else’s identity to run up a credit card bill.  So, whether you are a senior or have an older family member or...

Compare Senior Care Options with FindtheBest

Molly Schlanker, 6/28/2012

Senior care planning quickly becomes a complicated process.  The first step is to determine if a senior is covered by Medicare or Medicaid health insurance, the programs for all American seniors.  Why are there two different programs? Because Medicaid is for very low-income seniors and has funding from both the federal government and each state government which means each state has the freedom to fashion the program as they would like. This means you must find the Medicaid eligibility...

Northwestern University Study Confirms Need for Quality Standards for Senior Home Care

Caregiverlist Senior Care News, 11/7/2012

Quality standards for senior home care should be a natural, but as the industry is still very new (more than 30 franchise corporations just opened their doors in the last decade) national standards have not yet been created.  Caregiverlist provides a list of quality standards for senior home care, which will make sure professional care with the necessary training and insurance requirements will be present for senior care in the home.  Now a Northwestern University study confirms these ...

Illinois Senior Care Costs

Renata Laszuk, 1/31/2014

Senior care costs matter, whether you have a lot of money or a little money.  Caregiverlist takes a look at Illinois senior care costs to help you plan for your own retirement care needs.  Medicare does not pay for long-term care and Medicaid, a program replacing Medicare for low-income seniors, is administered jointly between the state and federal governments and because of this provide different benefits in each state. When Diane Vargas’* mother was released from the hospital ...

Preparing Your ICE Pack for Senior Care Emergencies

Gary M. Kaye, 5/9/2013

This is not going to be a fun article. But it is necessary. The other day I got a note from an acquaintance whose office manager passed away from a sudden heart attack. In her computer lay critical office records. In her head were the passwords to various accounts, programs, and documents. And now she was gone, leaving a digital disaster behind her. It was even worse for her family. No online access to her brokerage accounts, her credit cards, her banking, and who knows how many other accounts i...

Care Innovations Has its Head in the Cloud

Gary M. Kaye, 9/12/2013

Senior caregiving benefits immensely from advances in technology. From easy blood pressure monitoring to medication reminders, both professional and family caregivers have readily available applications to help them provide better care. In this article, Gary M. Kaye of In the Boombox discusses Care Innovations' technology that helps connect a senior's caregiving circle. Care Innovations, the joint Intel-GE health care venture is introducing an FDA approved cloud based teleheath remote moni...

Senior Baby Boomers Plan to Move for Retirement Years

Julie Northcutt, 3/26/2014

Seniors in America are living longer than previous generations.  The large Baby Boomer population ranges in age from former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to Sandra Bullock and Russell Crowe (anyone born between 1946 and 1964).  This is a large generation and they are choosing to enjoy their retirement years a bit differently than the generation before them.  Both housing and senior care needs must be considered when planning for retirement. Better Homes and Gard...

C.N.A.'s Understaffed at Nursing Homes

Whitney Jackson, 9/13/2011

While families often turn to nursing homes when they can no longer provide their aging loved ones with sufficient care, geriatric health experts say these facilities generally lack the manpower needed for optimal treatment. The appropriate staffing ratio during peak care hours at nursing homes should be one Certified Nursing Aide, the primary basic caregivers in these facilities, to every five or six patients, according to John Schnelle, director of the Vanderbilt Center for Quality Aging. In ...

Long-term Care Insurance: Costs and Coverages

Whitney Jackson, 9/13/2011

Nicki Schuh’s father became dependent on around-the-clock assistance after being diagnosed with advanced stages of Alzheimer’s Disease last spring. As she watched his mental and physical health deteriorate, Schuh said she knew it was time to make decisions about her father’s long-term care. It can be stressful for adult children to confront the reality of an aging parent, but Schuh said her exploration of care options ended with a surprising sense of relief. She discovered the...

Caring for Seniors During Flu Season

Julie Northcutt, 9/13/2011

Flu vaccinations are in plentiful supply this year. Anyone caring for a senior should get a seasonal flu shot and make sure the senior gets immunized too. Keep in mind there is more than one strain of the flu virus. The influenza vaccine is updated every year to include current viruses. The Center for Disease Control shares helpful tips for managing caregiving during the flu season. For older adults, the seasonal flu can be very serious, even deadly. Each year in the U.S., an average of 23...

SEIU Pushes Proposal in Michigan Leaving Caregivers Questioning Reasoning

Julie Northcutt, 11/26/2012

Michigan's ballot on Tuesday will include Proposal 4, requiring an amendment to the state's constitution that would require home health workers to pay union dues to the SEIU (Service Employees International Union which serves as a union to government workers). It turns out Michigan had just excluded these home health workers by a vote of the state legislature this year and now the SEIU wants them back. The SEIU in Washington state also passed a law recently, which, very much like this one, just...

Review Republican Bill to Cut Medicaid Enrollment

Julie Northcutt, 9/13/2011

Medicaid, the health care program for low-income seniors, is administered by both the federal government and each state.  The financial requirements for Medicaid qualifications vary slightly for each state.  Medicaid does pay for long-term nursing home care, where as Medicare does not pay for long-term nursing home care.  You can review the costs of nursing homes in your area to understand how Medicaid has grown into a large expense for the government.  Due to the costs of nu...

Top 10 Tips for Selecting the Best Assisted Living Facility

Terry Lynne Hale, 11/4/2011

Top 10 Tips for Selecting the Best Assisted Living Facility 1.)  Arrive early for your appointment.  Bring paper and pad for note taking and be prepared to act as an interviewer. Scout out caregivers like yourself (in the parking lot or lobby) and ASK them a lot of QUESTIONS.  Questions like how long their Mom or Dad have been living here.  Ask if they are happy here; have they settled into a comfortable routine, have they made new friends? What are their parent(s) likes and...

Meals on Wheels Chicago Celebrity Chef Ball

Julie Northcutt, 8/15/2012

Meals on Wheels Chicago brings home delivered meals to the city’s seniors for as little as a $2.00 donation.  Those caring for seniors know how valuable this service is for a senior living alone.  In addition, the meal delivery program delivers the added value of having a person who is checking on the senior each day the meals are delivered. In October, Chicago area chefs will help host the Celebrity Chef Ball to raise money for Chicago’s Meals on Wheels program.  You...

College Seniors Designing for Seniors

Gary M. Kaye, 5/8/2013

Disney World is not quite the venue where you’d expect to see top engineering students competing in an innovative design competition.  But at the recently concluded Cornell Cup presented by Intel, thirty teams from eighteen different engineering schools showed off prototype products all built around Intel’s Atom chip.  The real surprise was that fully half the inventions were targeted at the elderly and the disabled.  The winner of the competition, along with a check f...

Home Instead and Right at Home Reach Sales Milestones

Molly Schlanker, 5/29/2013

Senior care services continue to grow, with senior home care agencies leading the way as more seniors choose to age-in-place in their own homes while enjoying professionally managed care services.  Senior home care agencies follow all state licensing laws and employment laws and in addition provide professionally managed care and caregiver training.  This has resulted in two of the leading franchise corporations in senior home care services to announce record growth in 2012 and the fir...

Nursing Assistant's Week Proclamation Form for Mayors and City Managers

Julie Northcutt, 6/18/2013

  Mayor 13      Proclaimed to the citizens of ___________________________________   (City) (State)  Whereas: Nursing homes, home care, hospitals and other long-term care agencies have accepted the  responsibility for providing quality care and a quality of life for the elder, frail and disabled  citizens in our community,  Whereas: The wellbeing and happiness of these citizens depend in large part on the nursing  assistants, hom...

10 Ways to Say "Thank You" to C.N.A.'s During National Nurse Assistant's Week

Julie Northcutt, 6/18/2013

Nursing assistants are key players in the lives of the seniors in their care.  In observance of Nurse Assistant's Week and Career Nurse Assistant's Day, here are 10 ways to recognize nursing assistants you are working with or who work for your senior care company. The nationwide observance of Nursing Assistant’s Week provides many opportunities to recognize and validate the role of the nursing assistant in the health care system. Public recognition of nursing assistants provides a va...

Winners of the Summer Summer Photo Contest for Senior Caregivers Announced

9/9/2013

Professional caregivers and family caregivers alike entered Caregiverlist’s first-ever Summer Photo Contest for Senior Caregivers. Votes were tallied and winners were announced this morning. The top 3 voted photos submitted of caregivers with the seniors in their care are the winners of Amazon gift cards. Runner-ups receive free t-shirts. Certified Nursing Assistants, Certified Home Health Aides, companion caregivers and family caretakers were all eligible to submit a photo of themselves ...

Aging Challenges Internationally: Chinese Elderly Face Higher Rate of Poverty

Molly Schlanker, 6/27/2013

Chinese seniors face more challenges than elders in other countries, accoding to the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study.  This first large scale survey of those over age 60 indicated alarming rates of poverty, disability and mental illness in a culture where honoring older people is deeply ingrained. The survey was led by Chineses and international academics and interviewed 17,808 individuals across 28 of China's 31 provinces and was partly funded by the Chinese government throu...

Caregiverlist Summer Photo Contest for Senior Caregivers Offers Awards

Kristin Kruk, 7/8/2013

  Caregivers, Certified Nursing Aides, and Certified Home Health Aides can submit a photo of themselves with their senior client to the Caregiverlist Summer Photo Contest for Senior Caregivers. The contest starts Monday, July 8, 2013, and be hosted on the Caregiverlist Facebook page. 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. Ph...

Medicare Rebate Check Fraud Alert

Julie Northcutt, 9/13/2011

Medicare rebate checks for $250 started going out in the mail last week.  These rebate checks are also known as the donut hole checks and are estimated to be going to about 4 million eligible senior beneficiaries. Seniors and their families should be aware that Medicare does not need any additional information in order to process and mail the rebate check.  There are no forms to complete and they will not be contacting you for information. As Medicare will not be calling you, be awar...

Chicago Certified Nursing Aide Jobs, C.N.A. Jobs Available as Seniors Choose to Stay in Chicagoland

Molly Schlanker, 1/8/2012

Chicago seniors are choosing to stay in Chicago and as the large baby boomer population is turning 65 and living longer, Certified Nursing Aide job openings are increasing.  Jobs in senior care are slated to be one of the largest growing job niches in the Chicago area in the next decade. Certified Nursing Aide jobs are available both part-time and full-time.  Certified nursing aides become "certified" by taking a course at an approved Certified Nursing Aide school and then passing the...

Martin Luther King Day Connects Generations

Molly Schlanker, 1/17/2012

  Martin Luther King Day celebrates the life of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The civil rights leader would have been 83 years old this year. Senior caregivers assist seniors who saw the events of 1963 unfold, when Dr. King gave the "I Have a Dream" speech.  Sometimes there are still challenges presented in senior care because of racial divides from previous generations.  Today presents an opportunity to remind seniors and caregivers that we are all the same, regard...

The Secret to Really Being Younger

Charlotte Bishop, 7/16/2012

We have all seen the “extreme makeovers” on television. With the help of what seems to be legions of beauty artists, a person can be remade to appear beautiful. With the help of a troop of craftsmen, a home can become a trendy and cool new place. And with the help of a team of landscapers, the backyard desert can become a veritable Garden of Eden. Okay, so back to the real world. What can an aging person do to be younger? Very simply, think positive! In a Yale University study, youn...

Survey Shows Burden of Alzheimer’s Caregiving on Working Mothers

Alzheimer's Association, 7/12/2012

  The results of a new survey released by Working Mother Media highlights the growing number of women  serving as a primary caregiver for a family member with dementia.  The Alzheimer’s Association ® acted as a knowledge partner on the survey, “Women and Alzheimer’s  disease: The Caregiver’s Crisis,” which reveals the increasing demands on women to balance career,  parenthood and caregiving.  ? More than half of caregivers h...

Comparing Healthcare Options

7/18/2013

Healthcare costs are astronomical — and those costs don’t seem to be coming down anytime soon. The Wall Street Journal reports that health insurance costs may soon skyrocket, Healthy individuals could possibly see their insurance premiums double or triple under the new federal health law. If you do not yet qualify for Medicare and are not covered by employer you may need an individual or family health insurance plan. We’ve partnered with eHealth to provide you the choice of ov...

Basic Nursing Assistant Training

Molly Schlanker, 10/3/2013

Basic Nursing Assistants provide the hands-on care for hospital patients, as well as for residents of nursing homes and assisted living communities.  In addition, as senior home care has grown by more than 40% in just the last 5 years, more and more senior home care agencies hire basic nursing assistants.   Basic Nursing Assistant training has become a newer term, replacing Certified Nursing Assistant, or C.N.A. training, as the name of college programs. This is because the nurses mu...

Hospital Readmission Rates Decline

Renata Laszuk, 12/11/2013

Medicare beneficiary hospital admission rates continue to fall, according to a recent announcement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Preliminary claims data reported by the CMS shows the Medicare readmission rate averaged less than 18% over the first eight months of 2013, translating into 130,000 fewer hospital readmissions between January 2012 and August 2013. The decline is attributed to reforms outlined in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its penalties for revolv...

Exercise Reduces Risk of Dementia, LongTerm Study Shows

Renata Laszuk, 12/12/2013

Exercise is the single most influential factor in reducing the risk of developing dementia, according to a study spanning 35 years. The study, published in the journal PLOS One, was led by Prof. Peter Elwood of Cardiff University's School of Medicine. The Cardiff University UK study, which began in 1979, followed a group of 2,235 men aged 25 to 49. What began as a study on the causes of heart disease moved toward a study of behavior in relation to dementia and strokes. Five factors w...

New Legionnaires's Disease Outbreaks Confirmed in Midwest

Renata Laszuk, 12/12/2013

Several new cases of Legionnaires’ disease were diagnosed in cases across the United States, with the most recent instances found in Illinois and Wisconsin. Legionnaires’ disease is a severe and sometimes deadly form of pneumonia — or lung inflammation —mainly caused by airborne bacteria found in large facilities such as nursing homes, hotels, and hospitals with poorly-maintained water systems. Legionella enters the body when contaminated water vapor is breathed into the...

Senior Housing News Announces Senor Living Design Winners

Renata Laszuk, 12/19/2013

The winners of a first-ever Senior Home Architecture and Design competition, the SHN Design Awards, were announced by senior housing industry source, Senior Housing News. This independent and non-trade organization-based competition received entries from more than 70 eldercare communities across the nation. Categories included: New Independent Living, New Assisted Living / Memory Care, New Skilled Nursing / Post-Acute Care, New Construction Continuing Care Retirement Community, Best Renovation ...

Dementia a Greater Risk Among Elderly African Americans, Native Americans with Diabetes

Renata Laszuk, 12/19/2013

Older Native Americans and African-Americans with type 2 diabetes are more likely to develop dementia than other groups, according to the first study to analyze racial and ethnic differences in dementia risk for individuals with type 2 diabetes. The lowest group at risk is Asian-Americans. The study, published in Diabetes Care, included more than 22,000 patients over 60 years old who were members of the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Diabetes Registry. Dementia was diagnosed in 3,796 pat...

Senior Care Agency Brightstar on "Undercover Boss"

Julie Northcutt, 9/13/2011

Undercover Boss, the CBS program airing on Sunday nights, will feature a senior home care agency, BrightStar Care, on this week's show.  The co-founders of Brightstar Care, Shelly and J.D. Sun, will go undercover as caregivers in Ohio, California and Arizona. Senior home care agencies deliver the advantages of active care management and professional training for caregivers, including contributing to payroll taxes, providing employee benefits and insurance protections through worker's compe...

Free Drug Clinical Trials for Seniors

Julie Northcutt, 9/13/2011

The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approves all drugs which are prescribed in the U.S.A., after evaluation of the effectiveness of the drug based on clinical trial studies.  More than half of prescribed drugs originated from a natural plant or animal product and to develop new medications to treat Alzheimer's Disease, cancer and other illnesses, clinical trial studies must be conducted. What are the benefits of participating in a drug clinical trial?  You will have the benefit of a...

Chicago Senior Caregiver Jobs

Molly Schlanker, 2/13/2012

Chicago Senior Caregiver Jobs Apply for Senior Caregiver and Certified Nursing Aide Jobs Part-time and Full-time senior caregiving jobs continue to grow as Chicago seniors choose to age-in-place and stay in their homes or move to Assisted Living communities in the Chicagoland area. Senior Care Companies Include: Licensed Illinois Senior Home Care Agencies Assisted Living Communities Hospices Nursing Homes Hospitals By applying one time on Caregiverlist.com, your senior caregiver job...

San Diego Senior Caregiving Jobs

2/13/2012

San Diego Senior Caregiver Jobs Apply for Senior Caregiver and Certified Nursing Aide Jobs Part-time and Full-time senior caregiving jobs continue to grow as seniors choose to age-in-place and stay in their homes or move to Assisted Living communities in the San Diego area.  As San Diego offers one of the best climates in the nation, seniors from across the U.S.A. are choosing to retire in San Diego. This has lead to the need for more professional senior caregivers. Senior Care Companies...

Reverse Mortgages in Canada: Understanding a Canadian Reverse Mortgage

Rebecca Awram, 11/14/2011

  Understanding a Canada Reverse Mortgage A Canada Reverse Mortgage is like most other mortgages with two main exceptions: one, it is only available to seniors aged 55 years or older and two, there are no monthly repayments required to pay back the mortgage. The most significant feature of a reverse mortgage is that a senior may have one for 5, 10, 15 or even 25 years or more in time and never be required to make a monthly mortgage payment. Instead the balance slowly accrues over time...

Supplemental Health Insurance Policies for Seniors

9/28/2011

Health Insurance Policies:  Purchasing the Most Suitable Health Insurance Policy for Seniors   While your employer probably offers you health insurance when you are younger, it is important to understand health insurance options once you are older.  There are different types of health insurance policies available for seniors, in addition to Medicare, which all seniors in the U.S.A. receive.  Additional supplemental health insurance policies are available to piggyback with ...

Senior Caregiver Training Delivers Quality Care

Julie Northcutt, 10/3/2013

  Senior care can quickly present itself as a need for a family with an aging loved-one who may suddenly need assistance with their activities of daily living.   As the former owner of a senior home care agency, I can share many scenarios I witnessed when setting up care services for a family.  Here are the common scenarios that lead to senior caregiving services starting:   Memory Loss Causes an Incident Suffering an Injury from a Fall Diagnosis of an Age-...

Keynote Speaker for 14th Annual Private Duty Conference and Expo Announced Along with Executive Skills Building Workshop

6/5/2012

Decisionhealth's 14th Annual Private Duty Conference & Expo will be from November 2nd through 4th at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The 2011 conference will feature T. Scott Gross as the keynote speaker and a new Executive Skills Building Workshop pre-conference to help private duty executives refine key business skills. The preconference skills will include: Identifying and attracting the most profitable clients Creating effective marketing plans Implementing dashboards t...

Seniors and Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma News, 9/1/2012

When a senior citizen is diagnosed with any kind of serious illness, including cancer, many people are affected. Because older individuals are often dependent on others for a variety of needs, adding a terminal illness to the mix means that not only will the patient suffer but also those who offer assistance or care on a regular basis, often the adult children of these individuals or other family member. Mesothelioma, which is more common in the elderly than in any other age group, is an especi...

Inside Sales Account Manager

Inside Sales Manager , 5/23/2012

  Growing, senior healthcare start-up on the hunt for a talented Inside Sales Manager to play an instrumental role in driving customer acquisition, retention, and an internal culture built around measurement and analytics instead of gut instinct.  Our seasoned team of entrepreneurs, start-up executives, and marketing gurus are looking to add an up-and-coming sales all-star to the team that doesn't take no for an answer, will do what it takes to close the sale, is a master in the art ...

Senior Franchise Company Home Instead Opens 1,000th Location

Julie Northcutt, 12/9/2013

Senior home care services have become a new niche of the senior care industry in the last decade, as the nation's large Baby Boomer generation chooses to age-in-place while living longer than any previous generation. Home Instead Senior Care, one of the very first companies to begin providing professional home care services, has reached a milestone with the announcement of their 1,000th franchise location opening this month.  The 1,000thfranchise officially opened December 4...

Miami Herald Highlights Need for More Caregivers

Molly Schlanker, 3/16/2013

Caregiverlist profiled the high growth in senior home care agencies since the "Great Recession" started in the U.S.A. with a 40% growth in new senior home care companies opening since 2008.  Along with the growth in senior care companies comes a need for more qualified professional senior caregivers. The Miami Herald newspaper today profiles the need for more trained caregivers in the Miami area as the Boomer population ages.  One of the challengs for the senior care industry is keepi...

Seniors May Call TSA's New Toll-Free Number

Molly Schlanker, 8/27/2012

Traveling seniors may now call a new toll-free number to reach the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to discuss what to expect at security checkpoints based on medical conditions.  The TSA announced passengers with disabilities or medical conditions may call the telephone number 72-hours in advance to learn what to expect at security checkpoints.  In addition, seniors can coordinate security screening ahead of time based on specific medical needs. Senior TSA Helpline:  ...

Career Nursing Assistant Week: The R.N. Who Created Nursing Assistant Certification

Julie Northcutt, 6/18/2013

Certified Nursing Aides, or C.N.A.’s, perform the hands-on care for seniors in nursing homes, hospitals, assisted living communities and home care. But the term “C.N.A’. did not always exist. Genevieve Gipson, a Registered Nurse who worked in long-term care in Ohio, was one of the founders of the C.N.A. Network and the cheerleader for what became national legislation for the training and certification of nursing assistants.   “I never intended to start an organizati...

Illinois House Approves $173 Million for Community Senior Care Program

Julie Northcutt, 4/22/2013

Medicaid, the health insurance program for very low-income seniors with few assets (may not have more than $2,000 in assets in the state of Illinois or $3,000 in assets if a married couple).  Medicaid will pay for an ongoing stay in a nursing home for a senior for as long as needed, with medical doctor approval.  Because of this, Medicaid's nursing home care service has been the insurance of last resort for those who may experience very expensive senior care costs.  For instance, ...

Background Check Disclosure Bill Before Illinois Governor

Renata, 7/31/2013

Criminal background checks are vital for senior care employment. However, not all employers conduct the necessary background checks, or they are disingunuous about the background check conducted. Illinois House Bill 2934 passed both Illinois Houses and was sent to Governor Pat Quinn on June 19. If passed, the law will require senior care and home care websites to explicitly state whether or not they conduct criminal background checks on prospective providers. "My hope is that this measure...

Congress Passes CLASS Act: Natl. LTCI

Julie Northcutt, 9/13/2011

The healthcare reform bill, under debate in the Senate, includes a new way to pay for long-term care.  The Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act would create a national long-term care insurance program.  The benefit payments will be in cash, allowing seniors and the disabled to spend the benefit money on hiring a caregiving service or purchasing medical equipment, allowing them to remain in their own home. Currently, only Medi...

Sales Account Manager for Internet Publisher

Sales Account Manager Job, 1/28/2012

Are you a proven sales performer with an interest in growing your career?  Do you enjoy keeping up with new technology?  Are you able to apply your creativity to sales and marketing solutions? Caregiverlist.com provides online tools for senior care companies and seniors and their families.  Through offering unique and innovative online business solutions, Caregiverlist.com has become a leading resource for non-traditional recruitment and lead generation in a digital world. We are...

Senior Caregiver Certification Training

9/13/2011

Caring for a senior involves many skills, including understanding age-related illnesses.  Aging is a natural process and as we grow older, our cells stop regenerating and based on our lifestyle, diet and genetics, we will all experience different levels of progression of the aging process. Managing the physical and emotional challenges of aging is important to be a high quality senior caregiver. In addition, individuals without proper training place themselves and the senior potentially i...

Insider's Guide for Certified Nursing Aides

Whitney Jackson, 2/10/2011

Find C.N.A. Schools Apply to Caregiver Job As the population of the Baby Boomer generation grows, so does the need for long-term care professionals. If you’re a compassionate person who enjoys spending time with seniors, a certified nursing aide career could be right for you. The pre-requisites for becoming a certified nursing aide are manageable. Prospective students need a high school diploma or equivalent to qualify for most programs, and are typically asked to take an assessment test...

Illinois Nursing Home Violations April Through June 2012

Julie Northcutt, 8/14/2012

Nursing home violations for the state of Illinois for the 2nd quarter of 2012 have been published by the Illinois Department of Health.  It is important to remember that nursing home violations are NOT included in the health inspection report star-ratings issued by Medicare. Below is the overview of the nursing home violations for April through June, 2012, for Illinois, issued by the Illinois Department of Public Health.  All violations that are reported are investigated and then the ...

Inside Sales Account Manager Job Opening for Caregiverlist.com

Julie Northcutt, 8/13/2015

Caregiverlist.com, a fast-growth digital company, is looking for a driven college graduate for an entry level sales and account management position, where you will receive outstanding training and gain experience in sales, marketing and account management with a leading innovator in the healthcare industry segment.     You will be joining an entrepreneurial team that has built multi-million dollar businesses for leading brands with a solid track record of success in growing companies...

Neurology Doctors Issue Driving Guidelines

Julie Northcutt, 9/12/2011

Memory loss often sneaks up on someone.  One type of memory loss, Alzheimer's Disease, involves confusing time, person and place.  This leads to many difficult moments, especially during the beginning stages of the disease.  One minute someone is fine and the next minute they don't know where they are or where they are going. The American Academy of Neurology has issued new guidelines to help seniors and their families determine when it is time to stop driving if they have b...

Webinar: Home Safe Home, Making Informed Senior Care Decisions

Julie Northcutt, 9/13/2011

The National Private Duty Association will provide a free web seminar on how to hire a quality senior home care agency to care for a family member on September 23, 2010.  The term "private duty" refers to hiring a one-on-one certified nursing aide, home health aide or non-medical caregiver to assist in your own home, or while living in a nursing or assisted living community.  Senior home care agencies provide the advantages of active care management, trained caregivers and insurance p...

Nominations Open for $10,000 Caregiver Award

9/12/2011

Celebrating caregivers worldwide, Shire Pharmaceuticals has launched a new international awards program intended to recognize everyday people who serve as caregivers.  The Shire BRAVE Awards is designed to recognize the courage and dedication of non-professional caregivers, honoring everyday heroes who provide regular, consistent care of another person.   “The BRAVE Awards honor some of the bravest people in the world -- those who give their time, support and compassion to ...

Free Memory Loss Screenings Nationwide

Julie Northcutt, 9/12/2011

  The Alzheimer's Foundation of America is providing free memory loss screenings at locations nationwide on November 17, 2009. Memory loss can sometimes be slowed, when diagnosed early, by the use of medications and the implementation of proper diet, exercise (including brain exercises) and a consistent daily schedule.  By discovering the type of memory loss, a senior can more effectively manage the challenges. National Memory Screening Day Date:  Tuesday, November 17, 2009 P...

Track Healthcare Reform Bill

Julie Northcutt, 9/12/2011

As the Senate debates the bill to reform healthcare (H.R. 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act), you can track the debate and read the new amendments as they are proposed, to be informed about the facts of the bill. Currently, only Americans who are age 65 or older are guaranteed health insurance, through Medicare, the government health insurance program for seniors. If you are an American under age 65, your options for health insurance are:  Receive health insuran...

Caring for Aging Parents: If I Only Knew Then What I Know Now!

Jacqueline Marcell, 9/12/2011

For eleven years I pleaded with my elderly father to allow a caregiver to help him with my ailing mother, but after 55 years of loving each other he adamantly insisted on taking care of her himself. Every caregiver I hired to help him sighed in exasperation, "Jacqueline, I just can't work with your father–his temper is impossible to handle. I don't think he’ll accept help until he's on his knees himself." My father had always been 90% great, but boy-oh-boy that temper was a doozy. H...

Training Videos Assist with Caregiving Skills

Julie Northcutt, 9/12/2011

The power of visual storytelling has been adapted to caregiver training by Terra Nova films, in alliance with senior care industry professionals from the Alzheimer's Association, U.S. Administration on Aging, National Family Caregivers Association and Family Caregiver Alliance.  Caregiverlist now offers these visual training tools to assist you to improve your caregiving skills.  Newsman Bill Kurtis introduces the caregiving videos, which offer tutorials on caring for seniors with mem...

Alzheimer’s Resources Available in Multiple Languages

Alzheimer's Association, 9/13/2011

Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 35 million individuals worldwide and costs the global economy more than $600 billion. It is a health epidemic that impacts people from all racial and ethnic backgrounds. September is World Alzheimer’s Month and an opportunity to raise awareness of this devastating disease on an international level. If you know someone in need of information on Alzheimer’s, you can direct them to the following Alzheimer’s Association resources availab...

New Diagnostic Guidelines Slated to Help Alzheimer's Detection

Alzheimer's Association, 9/13/2011

Alzheimer's experts, led by the Alzheimer's Association, have created a set of guidelines to better diagnose the disease.  The hope with the new guidelines is that doctors will be able to help people with Alzheimer’s prepare for the disease earlier and offer effective treatments. Three workgroups spearheaded by the Alzheimer’s Association and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) developed the new guidelines. They expand the definition...

Caregiver Training Courses for Alzheimer's Disease Care

9/13/2011

  Learn about Alzheimer’s disease with interactive online courses The Alzheimer’s Association’s e-learning center offers free online courses that will help you find out more about Alzheimer’s disease. These easy-to-use, interactive learning opportunities range from the basics of Alzheimer's to the importance of early detection. The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dem...

Award-Winning Alzheimer's Care Programs

Julie Northcutt, 9/13/2011

Caring for seniors with memory loss presents a variety of challenges.  Alzheimer's disease, a progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, is one type of memory loss, named after Dr. Alois Alzheimer.  The German doctor's name was given to the disease after he described the changes in the brain tissue of a woman who had died of a an unusual mental iillness in 1906.  The abnormal clumps he found are called amyloid plaques and the tangled bundles of fibe...

Making Sense of Sensors for Senior Care

Gary M. Kaye, 4/23/2013

The development of new sensors to help us monitor our aging loved ones holds out the promise of enabling them to live safer, longer lives often in more comfortable environments, at more affordable prices.  Big players like the Intel-GE joint venture, CareInnovations, and Verizon Wireless are getting into the game offering the ability to monitor our aging loved ones in both their own residences and in institutional environments.  And while the technology is still relatively new in its d...

Miami Herald Highlights Need for More Caregivers

Molly Schlanker, 3/16/2013

Caregiverlist profiled the high growth in senior home care agencies since the "Great Recession" started in the U.S.A. with a 40% growth in new senior home care companies opening since 2008.  Along with the growth in senior care companies comes a need for more qualified professional senior caregivers. The Miami Herald newspaper today profiles the need for more trained caregivers in the Miami area as the Boomer population ages.  One of the challengs for the senior care industry is keepi...

Chicago Senior Caregiver Jobs and Certified Nursing Aide Jobs

2/13/2012

Senior Caregivers, Companion Caregivers, Home Health Aides and Certified Nursing Aides Fill out ONE Online Job Application, and we will send it to MULTIPLE Licensed, Qualified Home Care Agencies in Your Area:http:www.caregiverlist.com/ApplyIntro.aspx Part-Time, Full-Time and Overnight Positions are currently available for self-motivated, trustworthy individuals with either professional or personal experience in providing care for Seniors in need. No previous Caregiving experience is require...

Inside Sales Account Manager Job Opening for Caregiverlist.com

Julie Northcutt, 8/13/2015

Caregiverlist.com, a fast-growth digital company, is looking for a driven college graduate for an entry level sales and account management position, where you will receive outstanding training and gain experience in sales, marketing and account management with a leading innovator in the healthcare industry segment.     You will be joining an entrepreneurial team that has built multi-million dollar businesses for leading brands with a solid track record of success in growing companies...

Illinois Nursing Home Violation Report First Quarter 2013

6/2/2013

Illinios Nursing Home Violation Report First Quarter 2013 January - March 2013 Nursing home violations are not included in the Medicare health inspection star-rating reports.  Each state must investigate violations and when violations are confirmed fines are assessed.   The Illinois Department of Public Health has initiated action, as indicated, against the following facilities which have been determined to be in violation of the Nursing Home Care Act, or has recommended decertifica...

Surf Side Beach South Carolina Beautiful Newly Remodeled and Furnished Beach Condo

Julie Northcutt, 6/19/2015

Surf Side Beach South, Carolina Beach Condo Rental 2 Bedrooms + 2 Baths + Huge Living Room and Separate Dining Room/Kitchen + Large Deck with Ocean View and Private Pool, Covered Parking, Elevator 15-Minutes from Myrtle Beach Airport and Spirit Air Flies Direct Just Renovated - Beachhouse Chic - Across the Street from Ocean   Entirely renovated, ocean-view condominium unit with convenient elevator to haul the luggage up and a beautiful pool (with balcony view) with enough sunlight to m...

How Do You Explain A Gap In Your Employment When Applying for a Caregiving Job?

Julie Northcutt, 9/13/2011

Recruiters for senior care companies are trained to look for a consistent employment history when evaluating a caregiving job applicant.  Why?  Because especially in senior care, reliability is important.  Having a consistent employment record means you performed well enough to not be fired and stuck with a job until you had another one and probably gave the appropriate two-week notice.  You didn’t drop the ball.  As senior home care agencies, nursing homes, hospi...