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These senior care certifications and trainings can improve your career

You enjoy working with seniors and have plenty of experience providing companionship and assistance. Whether you work in a family home, in a skilled nursing facility or with a senior health agency, you are committed to the care of elders. So where do you take your senior care career from... more

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Senior caregivers: How much should you charge for your services?

You’re almost ready to work with a new client. You’ve done the interview, visited the home and discussed the responsibilities you’ll take on. There’s just one thing: The client wants to know how much you’ll charge for your in-home senior caregiver services.   Figuring out what you should be paid... more

4 cultural differences to be mindful of when caring for seniors

Today, there are about 47.8 million Americans over the age of 65, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau. By 2060, that number is estimated to more than double to nearly 100 million. While this population is undoubtedly large, it’s also more racially and ethnically diverse... more

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The cost of in-home care and how to pay for it

Home care for seniors can be expensive and emotionally demanding for caregivers. However, with COVID-19 ravaging nursing homes, many families are viewing home care as a safer option. (It bears noting that home health care does not automatically protect seniors from COVID-19, as many aides work in various facilities and... more

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22 popular caregiver support groups

Studies show that unpaid caregivers — of which there are an estimated 53 million in the U.S. alone, according to AARP — are at higher risk for physical injury, financial strain and emotional duress caused by high stress levels. One of the keys to self-care and alleviating stress for caregivers... more

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5 expert tips for first-day success as a senior caregiver

It’s normal to have first-day-on-the-job jitters. For in-home senior caregivers, especially, it’s not like you’re entering a predictable office environment. You’re essentially going into the home of a stranger, where all sorts of unknowns could unravel. Showing up in someone’s personal space and being unsure of what you’re walking into... more

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Simplifying taxes: What senior caregivers need to know about the payroll and tax process

When you take on a job caring for a senior, you probably don’t have the benefit of working with an HR department to address questions about payroll. As a household employee, if you’re making more than $2,300 annually, you must have taxes withheld from your pay, and your employer... more

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9 tips for senior caregivers to ease communication with families

As a key point of contact between families and their loved one, paid senior caregivers play an important role besides providing care: They must be good communicators in order to ensure a smoother, happier experience for the person receiving care, as well as their family.  Yet, communication isn't... more