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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!

Back to School (CNA School, that is)

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I hate to admit it as much as the next guy, but summer is out and September is in full swing. And you know what that means for a lot of us – back to school.

 

If you’re like me though, you’re not going “back to school” in the traditional sense. Which leads us to wonder, what’s next on our educational paths? For many folks with caregiver jobs, the answer is CNA school! Lots of excellent Certified Nursing Assistant caregiver training programs startup in the fall and run anywhere from 4-8 weeks.

 

What are the benefits to enrolling in CNA classes? Here’s our top three:

 

1. Join a BOOMING CNA job market – According to the US Department of Labor, CNA jobs are expected to grow 21% from 2012-2022. That’s faster than the average job growth for any occupation. Know what that means? You’re more likely to get to work where you want and when you want, since you’re in such high demand.

 

2. Increase in pay – Certified Nursing Assistants earn more than those in caregiver jobs simply because they have more caregiver training and a certification. For more information about the pay rates for these careers, check out our page on Caregiver & CNA Pay.

 

3. Move up the career ladder – Are you interested in climbing the nursing ladder? A CNA job is an excellent way to gain experience that looks great on a resume, get a leg-up in nursing school, AND get paid at the same time. :)

Make sure you find the CNA job that’s right for you and your CNA Career Goals. If you’re having a hard time finding schools in your area, feel free to use our CNA Class Finder. Simply type in your zipcode and browse the schools located near you.

Why I Chose A Caregiver Job – Grace C.

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As woman it is in our nature to be caring and compassionate. Some people’s impulse may be stronger than others, but it’s a part of all of us. Whether it is helping an animal or a human being, we receive great joy by showing compassion.  

 

I always knew I wanted to help people in need and that I wanted some type of caregiver job. One of my earliest memories is holding the hand of my great grandmother when she had only a few days left, while all my cousins and brothers were outside playing. I remember clearly the way she looked at me lying there, not being able to speak or move, but as crazy as it sounds I could understand her way of saying, “Thank you for being by my side at this moment,” and then she would squeeze my hand.  Wow, did that feel wonderful – I was bewildered to be able to understand what she was feeling.  As I grew older, little things like helping someone clean a wound, or carrying groceries for an elderly person made me realize that I wanted to become a nurse.

 

I do have this little tickle in my stomach when I see someone badly hurt, but I remind myself that all I want to make the pain go away and heal the wound, and the tickle subsides. I haven’t yet had the caregiver training to give a shot, but once, in an emergency, I had to teach myself to do it. While I was preparing the needle, I was shaking, but I took a deep breath, moved my hand firmly but gently, pushed the liquid in and POW – I was done in seconds with no bleeding! No doubt about becoming a nurse after that.

 

I love being a caregiver. I am very happy to be able to work in this very fulfilling career where I can make a difference in someone’s life, and they can make many in mine.

 

About Grace

 

Grace’s end goal is to become a nurse. Are you in the same boat? Learn more about how a CNA job can help you become an RN in our blog Why Get A CNA Job Before Nursing School?

Why I Became a Caregiver – Evoni V.

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Growing up in a family of medical professionals I surely thought that one day I would become a nurse. After watching my aunt take care and aid the sick in her home, I knew I wanted to become more hands-on with patients. While still in high school, I became a Candy Striper for a local hospital, helping out with medical records and little jobs as needed around the hospital. Being surrounded on a daily basis by this kind of environment is what made me want to become a caregiver.

After high school I became a childcare provider in a facility, and I ran my own daycare from my home. Although I loved what I did, it didn’t bring me as much joy as caring for the elderly. Years down the line, a job fell into my lap at a home care/housing facility where I educated and assisted developmentally disabled individuals from the ages 21-50. I must say working there was very inspirational; not only did it open my eyes to the world, but it gave me the opportunity to help those who couldn’t help themselves. This is what prompted me to further my education in caregiving by attending CNA school. I became a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) and started working at a nursing home/rehabilitation center. Boy oh boy was this CNA job different – but it challenged me to push myself harder and give 100% at all times.

Being a caregiver is such an honor – it’s all about putting away your needs to assist others. Knowing that a smile on your face can bring joy and happiness to someone else is priceless. The moments when you can reflect back and see how you have helped someone is what caregiving is all about.

About Evoni

For Evoni, being a caregiver is more than a paycheck. Recently, we ran a blog on a woman who felt so deeply involved in her caregiver job, that she took the clients into her own home. Read more in our blog, Caregiver Jobs In The News – It’s More Than A Job.

Why I Became a CNA – Sarrah O.

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I remember when I was in middle school I always told everyone that I would become a doctor, help people, and save lives. Little did I know, and contrary to what’s shown on many television shows, it’s the nurses who really save lives, who really get to know and spend time with the patients. Nurses are the ones who witness everything firsthand, deal with the symptoms, and perform CPR to bring people back. I realized I didn’t want to just be book-smart, write prescriptions and medical orders according to the information given to me.

 

I want to go after information, I want to help people, spend time with them, know that I made a true difference in someone’s life, and be remembered as someone who cared and tried their best to put others at ease during their most difficult times. What better way to become the greatest nurse than to start with a CNA job?

 

I have worked as a CNA for a little over a year now and I cannot even begin to explain how many experiences I gain in just one day’s work. And I know that there is still so much more to come. Although it is hard work, and sometimes even painful (since you use muscles you’ve never used before), there is nothing better than coming home after your shift and feeling content with yourself, knowing that you’ve made a great difference in someone’s day. I am so excited to continue furthering my career in the nursing field, and I know being a CNA is the perfect way to start.

 

About Sarah

Sarrah is a Certified Nursing Assistant with dreams of becoming a licensed nurse. (Go Sarrah!) Are you in the same boat? Learn more about nurses who use a CNA job to become an RN in our blog, Why Get a CNA Job Before Nursing School.

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