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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Twin Study Highlights Healthy Habits and Education Positively Impact Dementia Risk

June 9, 2024 Danielle

A groundbreaking study conducted by researchers from the University of Southern California and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, analyzed data from over 45,000 Swedish twins, focused on 90 pairs of identical twins and 288 pairs of fraternal twins where one twin was diagnosed with dementia.

The study found that if one twin is diagnosed with dementia, the undiagnosed twin sibling is also at a higher risk of a shorter lifespan. Published in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association, the study shows that short life expectancy is not solely due to dementia but may also be due to shared genetic and environmental factors.

Does having an identical twin with dementia mean you'll get it too? Well, it's a bit of both yes and no.

Identical twins share 100% of their genetic material, making them genetically identical. This means that if one twin has a genetic predisposition to dementia, the other twin shares the same genetic risk factors.

Twins that shared similar environments throughout their lives, including education, diet, physical activity, and exposure to pollutants. If certain environmental factors contribute to the twin's dementia, such as chronic stress or unhealthy lifestyle choices, the undiagnosed twin may also be exposed to these same environmental risks.

Although having an identical twin diagnosed with dementia doesn't mean you'll definitely get it too, but you are at risk of developing one.

This study highlights the importance of considering both genetics and environment in dementia research and care planning.

It also emphasized the lifelong impact of early life choices, suggesting that healthy habits and education in childhood can significantly reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia later in life.

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Stress Relief Photo of the Week

Bright Morning Light for Stress Relief

June 10, 2024 Barbara Calabrese

Enjoying some morning sunshine as the world awakens is an inspiring way to start the day. This week’s stress relief photo was taken in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Caregiverlist invites you to enjoy the photo and share it with loved ones. Today's quote reminds us of the importance of working together as a team. 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.

"A boat doesn't go forward if each one is rowing their own way."

-Swahili Proverb

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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.