Language Translation Made Easy for Caregivers

Senior caregivers with clients whose first language isn't English may have an easier time communicating with them in their primary language as they age. However, senior caregivers who are unfamiliar with the native language of their senior client may have difficulty communicating through gaps in language. The Google Translate app allows caregivers to translate back and forth between English and several foreign languages for clearer understanding. 

The Google Translate app accepts input via text or via voice entry. This makes it ideal for caregivers who may be struggling to understand a single word or phrase that their senior client is using in a foreign language. Instead of needing to spell it out into the app to look the word up, caregivers can simply hold the phone out and record what the senior client says. Then Google will translate the phrase into English. It also carries a handwriting feature, that can help translate handwritten text. Senior clients can write a word or phrase onto the box in the phone with their finger and google will display the typed text above. Then, users can hit translate to see the words in English.
 
Google translate doesn't work for total translation of longer blocks of text, though. It looks at each individual word in a sentence and translates it exactly word for word, meaning that the translation may be slightly off. However, it will provide the user with a general idea of what the phrase means. With 80 different languages in the app to chose from, Google translate offers basic translation services that caregivers can take advantage of to understand senior clients more effectively in a native language. 
 

The Google Translate app is available for Apple and Android platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko

Find Crafts for Seniors to Maintain Motor Skills

Craft projects for senior caregivers and their senior clients offer more than a fun way to pass some time- certain activities such as knitting or crocheting allow seniors to keep up their motor skills. Staying active even in little ways like moving the hands repeatedly through a stitching process or doing some light garden work help seniors engage their body enough to help prevent dementia. The CraftGawker app offers a variety of project suggestions for crafts from knitting to candle making to plants. 

Knitting for seniors in particular makes for an ideal project because it can be done over any time frame and nearly anywhere. Senior caregivers can help their client find a pattern they like under the Knitting category on the app and then set them up with a yarn of their choosing, and the senior client can work on the project while they watch TV, when they're in the waiting room for an appointment or before they go to bed.

Once a senior learns know to knit, muscle memory kicks in to help them repeat the same motion over and over. Particularly with the holidays coming up, for seniors who already know how to knit, the CraftGawker app offers great pattern ideas for gifts for loved ones. Perhaps a hat for a grandchild or a coffee mug sleeve for an adult child. The app makes it easy to scroll through different finished products, then to click on the one you like and download the pattern.  

Other categories in the app that could be fun and easy for seniors include the basic clay and pottery projects, food craft, plants and jewelry. The app is easy to navigate and includes options for the most popular and latest entries if seniors just want to browse without a particular project in mind. 

The CraftGawker app is available for download for Apple platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko

Weather Forecast App to Prepare for Winter

With November comes the beginning of more unpredictable weather, whether it be cold, snow or ice. Senior caregivers and their senior clients need to take extra precautions if they live in a region with intense weather during the winter to help keep seniors warm and away from slipping hazards of snow and ice on the ground. Predictions for Polar Vortex related weather next week suggest a chilly start to winter for about a third of the nation. The AccuWeather app shows the detailed weather forecast by the hour for several days.

Checking the weather forecast helps senior caregivers prepare for what to expect, but vague forecasts of being "partly cloudy with a chance of showers" makes it difficult to know whether or not it will rain and when it might rain. The AccuWeather app features a two hour precipitation prediction screen, which allows the user to type in their exact location and use a wheel on the screen to scroll through the times in the next two hours. When the user selects a time and location, the screen displays how much precipitation will fall at that time in that place. This feature serves particularly useful when caregivers are deciding when to take their senior client to the store or to a flexible appointment because they can look at the precipitation expectations for the times they would be traveling before they make their plan of when to leave the house. 

The app also allows users to set up several different locations on their account so if seniors have loved ones in other cities, they can see what the weather is like there. The forecast also shows several days out, so caregivers can look at the forecast to see if a big snow is coming and be prepared if they need to get their senior client to an appointment on that particular day. It uses a visual graph to show temperature changes over several days ahead to show users when to expect a spike or dip in temperatures.  

The AccuWeather app is available for Apple and Android platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko

Maintain a Healthy Weight and Water Intake Using Partner Apps

Maintaining weight or shedding pounds to get to your optimal healthy weight often proves to be easier said than done. For senior caregivers and their clients, nutrition plays a large part in living a healthy lifestyle. Weight alone doesn't determine health, but being overweight can be an indicator of needing to improve your overall nutrition. Likewise, maintaining a healthy weight once you've reached it is equally important. The MyPlate app and its sister MyWater app help caregivers track their calorie and water intake on a daily basis. 

The MyPlate app serves as the main app. Once a user establishes their profile with their personal data and health goals, he/she can begin to track their calories. The app sets a calorie goal based on the information provided and across the top of the home screen users see their number of calories consumed and burned for that particular day. To log food products, users can simply scan a label ir type the name into the search field. The food intake categories break down for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.

The water button takes users to the accompanying MyWater app, where users select a goal for how many glasses of water they would like to drink each day, then log how much they drink. The app lets users choose how many ounces their glass is so they can accurately count glasses. Drinking water provides necessary hydration for the body to maintain health and seniors in particular should ensure they drink the suggested amount of water every day for healthy aging. 

The apps work seamlessly together and the MyPlate app lays out healthy eating in a clean visual on the home screen. Caregivers should be able to easily track their calories and goals using this tool.

The MyPlate and MyWater apps are available for Apple and Android platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko

Health Tips for Seniors to Age Well

Aging well and in place is a top priority for senior caregivers and the senior clients they serve on a daily basis. Living healthy doesn't mean you and your clients need to make drastic changes in the way you're living, though. Sometimes making a few small changes to your daily routine can have a profound difference in your health. The 101 Revolutionary Ways to Be Healthy app presents 101 categories of health tips and several more subcategories that break the tips down into actions for a healthier life. 

When users first open the app, they are presented with all 101 tips in a tiled fashion. Caregivers can swipe left or right to browse through the tips, which include "Make Time," "Ditch Debt," and "Break a Sweat." Once users see a tip that interests them, they can click on the tile to get more information and specific actions to improve health. Under the "Break a Sweat" tip, the subcategories include "One Crazy Workout," "Fit in a Flash," and "Test Your Endurance." Between the six subcategories, caregivers can pick the one action that most interests them and click on it and go to an article with further details- in this case, a high intensity work out. 

Not all tips in the app will apply to every user. The high intensity workout under Break a Sweat probably isn't appropriate for a senior, but other sections include tips on how to naturally dispel heartburn, change or create new habits and intuitive eating to lose weight. The app features a "Surprise Me" function that takes the user to a random tip. Sit down with a senior client once a day and let the app take you to a new random tip, then together pick a subcategory to read about. It will give you a chance to learn about healthy living together and possibly find a new change you can make together for healthy aging. 

The 101 Revolutionary Ways to Be Healthy app is available for Apple and Andriod platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko

Find Hardware for Senior Accessibility at Home in App

Accessibility needs can change as seniors age. Perhaps a senior needs extra support holds in the bathroom or a seat in the shower to help prevent falls. The HEWI app is dedicated solely to helping senior caregivers and their clients find the right hardware to make their home accessible. 

Accessibility hardware categories in the app include Sit, Support, Grip, Washbasins / Mirrors, Accessories and Door Lever Fittings. In addition to making the bathroom accessible, senior caregivers can also help their clients by putting grips wherever they frequently stand down and sit down if they struggle with that. Putting new hardware in the house is no reason for a senior to feel shame over mobility. The new hardware will give seniors the ability to move around their home with more freedom and independence and prevent any accident that can occur from losing balance. 

The app also features a checklist for all of the areas of the home that can be made more accessible, such as the toilet area. More specifically, it drills down to every part of the bathroom, such as checking that the toilet paper is within reach for a senior while they're sitting on the toilet. The app suggests scenarios that you may not realize are a struggle for someone with limited mobility. Take a read through the checklist with your senior client and determine what they could use extra help with accessibility wise. Once you've done that, you can go through the hardware and pick out the products that suit your needs. 

 

The HEWI Quickfinder app is free for Apple products. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko

Improve Sleep Using Personalized Suggestions from App

Getting to sleep and sleeping through the entire night to wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day can be tougher than it sounds. Especially for senior caregivers who work stressful jobs, sleep is important to refresh and recharge for the next day. Whether you have trouble turning off your continuously running thoughts to fall asleep, often wake up in the middle of the night or wake up feeling just as tired as when you fell asleep, the Sleepio app can help. Sleepio asks specific questions to analyze your personal sleep quality and suggests changes for improvement. 

New users are greeted by a cartoon professor upon downloading and opening the new app. He explains overall purpose of the app then leads the user through questions to diagnose what specific problems you experience, i.e. getting to sleep, staying asleep, etc. The app also looks for information on how frequently your sleep is disrupted and how long you've experienced the same issues, then it assigns a sleep score to determine your overall quality of sleep based on your responses. Users who have an outside program such as FitBit that tracks their sleep for them can also import the data into Sleepio for a more personalized recommendation. 

Once users have gone through about ten minutes of intro questions and set up, the program finalization is done. There are two options for users to choose from- during the day, or a sleep session. The beginning of the sleep program describes how sleep is affected by emotions and stress, and then the guided personal suggestions begin. The app talks users through negative thoughts, unhealthy behaviors, daily schedule and lifestyle changes over a six week program. 

The Sleepio app is free for Apple products and offers a seven day trial for new users. After that, to continue the program users must pay a subscription fee. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko

Buy, Swap and Sell Clothes Using App's Online Marketplace

Shopping secondhand clothes can bring about some great deals, but it also takes time to sort through the items at each individual store. For senior caregivers on a budget, shopping at the big name retailers might be too pricey. The Vinted App brings the thrift store resale environment alive in an online community, with more sources than a physical store.

Caregivers also may be caring for seniors who need to clean out their closets and reselling clothing can be a fun way to involve the senior in an activity to use their creativity and exercise their mind.  We know seniors may not have a shirt from Free People to resell, but caregivers of all ages will appreciate this cost-effective way to buy stylish clothes that perhaps have even never been worn.

Users can list any clothes and accessories they no longer want for sale and others can browse through the listings. Upon creating an account in the app, caregivers will be asked to select the retailers they are interested in seeing clothes from. With options such as Nike, Gap, Urban Outfitters, and Free People, there's a wide variety of options to fit individual style and taste.

A quick browse through the app shows that many of the items up for sale have rarely or never been worn. The browse feature on the main homepage doesn't have an easily visible size filter, which makes scrolling through the listings to find your specific size a little annoying. However, the Shop tab features a options to drill down to size and brand, which narrows down nicely. The listings on every page also show the actual retail price and the price within the app, so caregivers can see how much money they're saving. 

Some categories to browse include Tops & T-shirts, Accessories, Footwear, etc. Caregivers who use this app also don't have to go to several stores to shop, which can even be time consuming and crowded no matter if you shop at a thrift store or directly at a retailer's location. 

The Vinted app is available for download for Apple and Android products. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko

Caregiver Stress Relief With 7-Minute Workout App

Finding the time to exercise on a regular basis can be difficult in the busy schedule of a senior caregiver, but maintaining your health doesn't necessarily mean you need to always find an hour to spend at the gym three times a week. The 7 Minute Workout App coaches users through a series of exercises for less than a minute each that add up to a whole body workout that can be done in your living room. 

Exercise can help caregivers burn off some of their extra stress from the day and these workout are simple enough that they can be done before or after a long day on the job. The app features one basic whole-body workout routine for free, and then users can pay for access to additional workouts if they like the first one. The whole-body workout includes crunches, jumping jacks, wallsits, squats, lunges and side planks for less than a minute each with quick rest periods between each. 

A narrator talks users through each activity so that they don't have to stare at their phone screen for the duration of the activity. If a user is unfamiliar with a specific exercise, such as triceps dips, then a multipart image on the screen shows the activity. For triceps dips, it shows a person balancing on a diagonal with their arms on a chair, back to the floor, and then a second image shows them lowering their arms so their elbows are bent. Caregivers can do these quick exercise routines at home, on a break while on the caregiving job or anywhere else that they have ten minutes free and access to a wall and a chair to use. 

As an added bonus, upon successfully completing the exercise the app shares a celebratory coupon with users at some levels. After the first workout, it shared a coupon for nutritional granola bars. 

The Seven Minute Workout app is available for Apple and Android products.

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko

Book Recommendations App for Caregiver Stress Relief

Stress relief for senior caregivers plays an important role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. One good way to take your mind off a tough day and relieve stress is to sit down with a good book and read for a while. The GoodReads App asks users to rate books they've already read and suggests similar titles for them to read next. 

When users first create an account, the app asks them to select from existing categories of the types of books they enjoy reading. Popular options include classics, contemporary, fantasy, fiction, non-fiction and young adult.

The next step asks users to rate different titles on a scale of one stars through five stars in the selected genres so the app can get a sense of which books the user enjoys and make suggestions to read next. The more books a user rates, the better matched the suggestions for what to read next become. If users don't rate the suggested 20 titles to start off with, then they can still browse through the most popular titles and fun lists such as "Best Women-authored Books."

Other areas of the app include "My Books," which allows users to keep a running list of titles they've read previously, are currently reading or would like to read in the future, "Scan," which pulls up book info easily with a quick scan of the bar code on the back, and "Challenge," which asks users to set their own 2014 reading goal for number of books they would like to read this year. 

Senior caregivers can use the app to find books for themselves to read for stress relief, whether it's before bed, in a waiting room or on a quick break from caregiving. They can also try sharing book recommendations with their senior clients. If a senior client particularly likes to read, create them their own account on GoodReads and become friends with them on your own profile so you can share recommendations between one another. 

The GoodReads app is available for Apple and Android products.

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko

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