From TheMiami Herlad article titled "The Need for In-Home Care Rises as Baby Boomers Age"

“We have agencies telling us, ‘We need this kind of worker, we need that kind,’” says Julie Northcutt, founder and CEO. “Even in this economy, we’ve had a huge demand. Agencies are growing as fast as they can.”

Finding and training workers for these jobs will become increasingly important as the baby boomer generation, 78 million strong, ages. Various studies also have found that at-home care is actually more effective — and less expensive — than similar care in a nursing home or hospital.

From U.S. News & World Report titled "How to Become a Savv Nursing-Home Shopper"

Many so-called "private-pay" facilities do not accept Medicaid patients, for example, but are included in the Caregiverlist ratings. Not every home responds to its outreach efforts, she notes. "The ones that we don't have the costs from [is because] it's mostly that they're 100-percent Medicaid."

Another feature of her site that is relevant in the real world, Northcutt says, is that it identifies homes where access may be restricted—to people with certain acute needs, for example, or for veterans, or for patients of a specific hospital that runs the facility. And Caregiver list may also include retirement communities with nursing facilities, where access to nursing services may be limited to community residents.

In terms of key quality measures, "the staffing ratio is a real, real issue in the industry," she advises, "and it's going to affect the quality of care for your loved one."

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New Study Shows Olive Oil May Reduce the Risk of Death From Dementia

May 19, 2024 Danielle

A teaspoon-and-a-half of olive oil a day makes the dementia go away!

Good news for those who love the rich taste of olive oil in their food. A new study shows olive oil may play a protective role for the brain. The study did track diet and lifestyle factors, too, to isolate the possible effects that olive oil consumption may have on dementia mortality.

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health just released the results of a new "olive oil" study on May 6, 2024, conducted by Anne-Julie Tessier, a research associate in the Department of Nutrition. The study determined that regardless of a person's ethnicity and overall diet quality, the study participants who consumed at least 7 grams of olive oil per day had a 28% lower risk of dementia-related death compared to participants who never or rarely consumed olive oil.

How many grams are in a teaspoon you may wonder? 5.69 grams = 1 teaspoon.

This means just consuming a teaspoon-and-a-half of olive oil daily, by adding it to your salad dressing, soup, shake or entree, will help lessen the risk of dementia-related deaths by 28%.

The study analyzed the diets and health outcomes of 92,383 American adults enrolled in the Nurses' Health Study II and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study. This study was conducted over 28 years, with the participants reporting on their food habits, including olive oil intake, every four years.

Benefits of Olive Oil include:

  • Rich in Monounsaturated Fats, these healthy fats improve heart health, which supports brain function by ensuring a steady supply of oxygen and nutrients
  • Contains Vitamin E, an Antioxidant Protecting Brain Cells from Oxidative Stress, which can damage neurons and contribute to cognitive decline
  • Includes Polyphenols which are the Plant-based Compounds with Anti-inflammatory and Antioxidant Properties that protect the brain from inflammation and oxidative damage. Chronic inflammation is linked to many neurodegenerative diseases, including dementia. The anti-inflammatory properties of polyphenols in olive oil help reduce this inflammation, protecting brain cells from damage.

The diagnosis for dementia happens when someone experiences memory loss when there is a cognitive function that interferes with daily life because the brain no longer processes information properly, or no longer "remembers" everything that must be said or done. As the disease progresses, it causes significant cognitive decline, making everyday tasks difficult and leading to other serious health issues.

Dementia-related deaths often occur due to complications arising from the condition, which is why discovering olive oil consumption can lessen the risk of death will be a big benefit.

Dementia-related deaths include:

  • People with dementia are more susceptible to infections such as pneumonia
  • Cognitive decline can lead to a higher risk of falls and injuries because the person no longer has full awareness of their movements
  • Difficulty with eating and drinking may impact other health issues
  • Dementia can exacerbate conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, etc.

Now that we know consuming olive oil will bring a positive result in lessening our risk of death from dementia, and as there is no cure for dementia, exploring ways to incorporate more olive oil into our diet now has a positive health benefit.

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Stress Relief Photo of the Week

Springtime Walk for Stress Relief

May 20, 2024 Barbara Calabrese

Springtime surrounds us with signs of new life and a feeling of new opportunities. When we are curious we are open to the new paths that life presents to us. This week’s stress relief photo was taken in Chicago, Illinois. Along with other spring flowers, the beauty and fragrance of lilacs only last a short time and this joy is to be appreciated. Caregiverlist invites you to enjoy the photo and share it with loved ones. At Caregiverlist we know the realities of caregiver stress. Now more than ever we thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and for caring for our seniors. We hope you have a great week ahead.

"Curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."

-Walt Disney

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Caregiver Pay Rates for 2013 Above Minimum Wage

9. May 2014 Shanice Kelly Background Checks, Caregiver Jobs, Caregiver Training

Senior caregivers assist seniors as companion caregivers and nursing aides working in nursing homes, assisted living communities and senior home care agencies. Hospitals also hire certified nursing aides. The pay rate for companion caregivers and nursing aides for 2013 has continued to rise and remains above minimum wage for all professional senior caregivers.

The Caregiverlist® pay survey results records the pay rates of 34,959 professional senior caregivers. Senior caregivers who work for a senior home care agency provide one-on-one caregiving services while nursing aides working for nursing homes and hospitals usually care for anywhere from 10 to 15 residents or patients. C.N.A. staffing ratios of nursing homes are reported in the health inspection reports conducted every 15 months and can be found in the Caregiverlist® Nursing Home Directory. More senior caregivers are needed and anyone with a caring personality may apply to a senior care job in their area on the Caregiverlist® Career Center.

The number of senior home care agencies continues toincrease along with the need for qualified caregivers

Senior care companies hire from 3 to 6 professional caregivers each week, to keep up with the demand for part-time and full-time senior caregiving services. Most American seniors do not plan ahead for senior care and because of this, when a senior experiences a sudden medical condition such as a stroke, heart attack or the early stages of memory loss, they will then immediately need professional senior caregiving services.

In order to keep up with the demand for senior care, the number of senior home care agencies has increased by 40% since 2008. More than 20 franchise companies provide senior home care in addition to national corporations. More professional senior caregivers are needed to fill these open positions which increase daily.

The ​Caregiverlist® Career Center assists anyone with a caring personality to learn how to become a senior caregiver and submit a job application which reaches multiple hiring companies in their area who subscribe to “the ​Caregiverlist®”. As the only resource with an ongoing database of experienced, professional senior caregivers, ​Caregiverlist® allows companies to efficiently hire the most qualified caregivers in their area.​ Caregivers may learn about required senior caregiver training and take an online course to learn the necessary caregiving skills and meet state requirements.