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Visiting Angels Jobs (Caregiver, CNA, HHA)

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A national, private duty home care network of agencies, Visiting Angels is the nation’s leading provider of non-medical senior home care services. They extend services such as in-home care, elder care, respite care, senior personal care, companion services and elderly care. The company is growing rapidly and has a vast network of offices across the country, providing care to thousands of clients.

Where can you find Visiting Angels caregiver jobs?

Visiting Angels is a nationally-known and well-established home care agency hiring caregivers all over the country. You can find caregiver, companion, PCA, HHA, and CNA jobs at Visiting Angels.

Why should you work as a caregiver for Visiting Angels?

Visiting Angels home health aide jobs offer competitive pay rates, training opportunities, flexible scheduling, paid time-off, and much more!

Apply for Visiting Angels Jobs:

Search for job openings with Visiting Angels by applying through their company website. We also recommend you search local caregiver / CNA / HHA Jobs in your area and browse for the job that will best fit your career goals. Fill out a caregiver job application and be instantly considered for all open positions that you’re qualified for.

Touching Hearts at Home Jobs (Caregiver, CNA, HHA)

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Started in Minneapolis in 1996, Touching Hearts at Home is a non-medical home care company dedicated to providing excellent care and companionship services to the aging and disabled. Through their services, they seek to enable clients to remain independent in their homes for as long as possible, as well as provide comfort and rest for family members.

Where can you find Touching Hearts at Home caregiver jobs? 

CNA jobs at Touching Hearts at Home are scattered all over the US, with opportunities for caregiver, HHAs, PCAs, and more! As a caregiver with Touching Hearts at Home, you will work in the homes of elderly patients.

Why should you work as a caregiver for Touching Hearts at Home?

According to the company itself, Touching Hearts at Home home health aide jobs provide an exciting compensation package, which includes:
- Flexible schedules
- Positive work atmosphere
- Competitive pay
- Continual support
- Part-time and full-time hours

Apply for Touching Hearts at Home Jobs:

Pursue employment with Touching Hearts by applying through their company website. You may also search local caregiver / CNA / HHA Jobs in your area and fill out a caregiver job application, making you instantly visible to hiring managers in your region.

Synergy HomeCare Jobs (Caregiver, CNA, HHA)

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Synergy HomeCare specializes in providing excellent in-home care for those coping with the effects of aging. Synergy offers home care, respite care for family caregivers, assistance with errands and transportation, meal assistance, companionship, and live-in care options. They seek to give family members peace of mind, while empowering the senior with the respect and independence they deserve, even late in life.

 

Where can you find Synergy caregiver jobs?

You can find caregiver, HHA and CNA jobs at Synergy all throughout the US. Caregiver jobs are typically in the homes of seniors needing assistance with day-to-day activities. Contact your local branch and check for caregiver job openings.

 

Why should you work as a caregiver for Synergy?

There are many benefits for Synergy home health aide jobs. According to their website, some of these benefits include:
- Flexible work schedules to accommodate your lifestyle.
- Ongoing training that enhances your professional growth.
- Environment built on trust and effective communication.

 

Apply for Synergy Jobs:

To apply for Synergy HomeCare jobs, check out their company website. Additionally, you can search local caregiver / CNA / HHA Jobs in your area and fill out a caregiver job application, making you instantly visible to hiring managers in your region.

Want to learn about other types of home care jobs? Download the full home care job guide.

When Life Hands You A Family Caregiver Job

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My family got some heavy news this week. My soon to be brother-in-law Matt – a young, healthy, twenty-one year old – found out he has cancer. Which is just terrible. None of us could believe it, especially his fiance (my sister), Casey. But just like that, without her filling out an application or even expressing a desire, life handed her a caregiver job.

 

Casey wasn’t looking for a caregiver job, but she has one now, because she loves Matt and wants to help him in whatever ways she can. Such is the nature of every family caregiver job. A loved one gets ill and suddenly you’re not just a son, daughter, sister, brother . . . you’re  a caregiver. You have no training, no past experience – just a heart to care for the one you love.

 

And that can be an intimidating task. No doubt you’re full of questions, insecurities, anxiety, and confusion. How am I going to keep my job and care for my loved one? What if something happens and I don’t have the training or experience to deal with it? How can I do this without burning out?

 

Family caregivers need SUPPORT. They need someone to come alongside them and give advice, provide training, and most importantly, give them a day off! If this support is not naturally-occurring for you, consider other options! There are state-funded programs out there that are designed to support the growing number of family caregivers. (See our recent blog on a new bill to benefit family caregivers in PA.) There are adult daycare options to give you one or two days off a week. There are Caregiver Resource Centers to explore and learn helpful tips from. And there are Family Caregiver forums where people in similar situations can share stories, give advice and support one another in their work.

Family caregiver, you are not alone! Take care of your loved one, but also take care of yourself. That’s the only way to be a truly effective caregiver. Keep caring!

Alzheimer’s and the Family Caregiver Job

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Some people choose to a caregiver job. For others, it’s simply handed to them by life’s circumstances. Thus, America is full of family caregivers – people whose relatives or loved ones need their constant care in order to function well.

 

One of the main diseases dealt with by family caregivers is Alzheimer’s. As loved ones lose their memory and normal cognitive function, they require increased supervision and care. And this can be a stressful task for someone who is trying to work another job, raise kids, and run a home in addition to caring for their loved one. Alzheimer’s produces feeling of worry and anxiety in caregivers. Will my dad stay at home if I run over to the neighbors? Will he recognize me today? What if he gets confused and angry again?

 

One major worry for Alzheimer’s caregivers is that they will wander from home, forget how to return and find themselves lost. They may not even be able to tell helpful passerby where they came from, or even their basic information. That’s why four communities in central Maine have worked together to create The Wanderers Database.

 

For those with family caregiver jobs, The Wanderers Database can provide much-needed peace of mind for their loved one’s safety. This program allows police to access information about those who may be prone to wandering (provided by their families). If a person in the database goes missing, police can instantly disseminate pictures, personal and medical information to surrounding police units, allowing for a faster and more effective search. Read more about the Maine-based program here.

 

The Wanderers Database is just one example of a world adjusting to a growing elderly population. And we’re glad for anything that makes our family caregivers’ lives a bit easier! They deserve it.

 

If you’re a family caregiver looking for some support and advice, visit our Familial Caregiving forum, where caregivers can interact and give advice. Additionally, visit our Caregiver Resource Center which is chock-full of helpful and exciting ways to improve your caregiving skills!

The ABCs of Preventing Caregiver Burnout

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We all know that caregiver jobs can be exhausting. You spend all day pouring your heart into caring for someone else, and often times it’s difficult work filled with grief and struggle. You come home and you’re beat. It’s hard to do anything other than the bare minimum and flop into bed. This kind of life, with high stress levels and no relief, can lead straight to caregiver burnout.

 

But don’t panic, there are clear-cut, simple ways to take care of yourself and steer clear of caregiver burnout. I call them the ABCs of Preventing Caregiver Burnout!

 

Ask for help – Humans are not made to do life alone! We, as people, need each other and the same goes for caregivers. If you are feeling the burden of your CNA job beginning to drag you down, talk to someone! Ask for help. It may be help from a friend who will watch you kids once a week so that you can take a break. Or a relative who makes dinner occasionally. Or it may be a counselor who is able to coach you through your emotions and inner struggles.

 

Be “selfish” occasionally – Okay, let me clarify. As a caregiver, you’re prone to see the needs of others ahead of your own – which is very noble! But be sure to remind yourself that your needs are important too, and if they are not met, you cannot care for others So, take some time every week to focus on you and what you need to rejuvenate your soul. Read a book, go on a walk, paint, sing – do whatever it is that relaxes and renews you.

 

Create nutritious meals – Eating healthy is a key part of feeling good and staying energized and motivated! One of the effects of caregiver stress is overeating. Just say no – it only makes things worse. Eating healthy foods will keep you from getting sick, give you more energy, and just make you feel better all day long!

 

Do get some sleep – You will not function well for very long if you’re neglecting sleep. Caregiver jobs require you to be mentally with-it and ready for anything. That means you better not be yawning every 30 seconds. That means that as an average adult, you need 7.5 to 8 hours of sleep each night.

 

Exercise often – I know, the last thing anyone wants to do after a long day at work is go on a run or head to the gym, but exercise is so key in keeping your energy levels high and your body in good caregiving condition. If you’re a morning person, you can always squeeze in a workout before heading to work. Find a time that works for you and stick to it!

 

There you go, caregivers! Staying healthy and avoiding burnout is as easy as ABC. Stay well!

 

TIP: Laughing is another great way to prevent caregiver burnout, so check out last week’s Friday Caregiver Job Funny!

SeniorBridge Releases Inspiring Caregiver Job Video

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Recently, our partners at SeniorBridge Home Care created a truly touching video documenting the challenges and triumphs of caregivers and their clients. The video shows moving footage of seniors and their families coming face-to-face with the dilemmas of aging, and how SeniorBridge steps into the gap and brings assistance (through a variety of caregiver jobs) and much-needed peace of mind.

Watch the video below (and if you’re a sap like me, have some tissues ready):

http://youtu.be/XDqzhjew7lc

This video reveals the heart of SeniorBridge . . . compassionate, personalized care that changes lives for the better. It’s no wonder caregivers from all over the country are seeking out SeniorBridge caregiver jobs. Careers at SeniorBridge are rich with purpose and meaning. Their CNA jobs offer a supportive, encouraging work environment, where staff and team collaborate to bring seniors the best possible care.

SeniorBridge caregivers are making a difference in the lives of clients and caregivers. They offer training and career growth programs, flexible scheduling,the ability to work near your own house, 401k benefits, paid vacations, and a roster of really amazing clients throughout the nation.  And there are openings now – browse through SeniorBridge caregiver jobs and see if any openings interest you.

And official kudos to the SeniorBridge team on the amazing video!

Another FREE CNA School! – They Do Exist!

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It’s growing in popularity, folks! More and more nursing facilities are creating their own, state-approved, FREE CNA Classes. They open them to the community and often times they hire their graduates!

 

This week, Susque-View Home, Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, located in Lock Haven, PA, announced their upcoming certified nurse aide training program. The CNA program will run from Sept. 23 – Oct. 18 and is open to anyone in the community. Interested participants can apply and attend an informational meeting. Students will be selected from this application/interview process.

 

If you’re from the Lock Haven area, be sure to snatch up the opportunity and visit Susque-View Home’s website for an application!

 

For those of you from other parts of the states, remember to keep an eye out for this increasingly popular free CNA classes! They’re not as unheard of as some say. In the meantime, be sure to utilize our CNA Class Finder. Simply type in your zip code and browse all the programs in your area.

Nursing Students In CNA Jobs?

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Let’s face it – everyone’s biting their nails when it comes to getting a job these days. The economy’s been better and there are plenty of competent, qualified people who are struggling to get hired.

 

Even careers that are on the better end of things can be rough to break into. Lots of nursing students are experiencing concern about employment after school; not to mention school loans that need to be paid off! But don’t start panicking – there are ways to get a leg-up on the competition and set yourself apart from a sea of nursing students.

 

A CNA job can be an excellent way to gain practical experience in the field, add some work experience to your resume, and start to pay off those student loans! Some states allow nursing students to take the board exam without any additional hours, but some others require a few supplemental courses. To explore your state’s options for nursing student CNA jobs, check out your state nurse aide registry to learn more.

 

For those of you nurses who work or have worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant, don’t forget what it was like to be a CNA when you’re an RN. Read more in our blog, CNA Jobs – From the Perspective of an RN.

Oklahoma Caregiver Training

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Every state has different regulations for its caregiver training, including Oklahoma! This means that caregivers, CNAs, PCA, and HHAs all have different amounts of training to complete before they can legally work in Oklahoma.

 

This week, we’ll cover the specific requirements of Oklahoma Caregiver Training. Starting with Personal Care Assistants – in the state of OK, all PCAs must be either certified as a Home Health Aide or as a Certified Nursing Assistant. This means they must complete a state-approved CNA or HHA school before they can legally work PCA jobs.

 

According to Oklahoma Caregiver Training, Certified Nursing Assistants must attend and complete CNA school and pass the state examination in order to obtain CNA jobs. Following graduation, CNAs must complete 12 hours of continuing education units each year in order to maintain certification.

 

Interested in finding a CNA school in Oklahoma? Use our easy-breezy CNA Class Finder and pick the program that best fits your needs! Good luck!

 

Next week, Oregon!

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