Alzheimer's Caregiver Advice on Alzheimer's & Daily Companion App

For senior caregivers, working with clients who have dementia or Alzheimer's disease can be taxing and stressful. Seniors experiencing memory loss can become agitated, anxious or upset from situations that previously would have been part of their daily routine. When senior caregivers are experiencing issues working with their clients with dementia, they can turn to the Alzheimer's & Other Dementias Daily Companion app for advice and tips on dealing with specific situations. 

The main function of the app focuses on advice divided into 25 different categories, with many more subcategories. Caregivers can easily navigate through the topics ranging from Social Withdrawal to False Accusations and Paranoia to find advice relating to their specific situation. The descriptions under a topic include possible reasons for a senior client feeling that way and advice on how to remedy the situation or address the specific behavior and prevent it in the future. 

Another section of the app allows caregiver to seek emotional support from other caregivers by suggestions of support groups and ways to care for themselves. It suggests resources such as "10 Organizations Every Caregiver Should Know," and "8 Ways to Arrange Breaks form Caregiving." Managing caregiver stress plays an important part in overall caregiver health and well being. 

If caregivers don't see a category for the situation they'd like advice on, the app features an area where caregiver questions can be submitted to the app creator. Caregivers can also call a number for a 24-hour caregiver support line if they'd like to speak to someone immediately. If a caregiver worked through a particular issue himself/herself and would like to share advice, the app also features a spot for caregivers to share a story that will lend emotional support for other caregivers. 

The Alzheimer's & Other Dementias Daily Companion 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

Turn Your Phone's Camera Into a Magnifying Glass for Easy Viewing: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

Pill bottles, newspapers and instructions with products often have small text that can be a strain on the eyes to read. Senior caregivers or their senior clients who have difficulty seeing small print clearly will benefit from the Magnifying Glass With Light app, which uses your smartphone's camera as a magnifying glass to make small print bigger and shine a light if needed.  

While the magnifying app doesn't have the ability to blow up text displayed on the phone itself in other apps or when reading in safari, it does work for any text that the phone camera can be pointed at. The free version of the app features a five time zoom and the ability to turn on or off the phone's flash and adjust the level of brightness to see the text better. Users have a choice between auto settings, which allows the phone to adjust to the optimal way to view the text, or to adjust the settings themselves. 

The paid version of the app boasts extra features such as a "Crystal Clear Mode" that sharpens the text and could come in handy particularly if users are reading a newspaper or another item that may not have sharply printed words or smudged ink. The high contrast mode in the paid version inverts the viewing experience so that if an original document is black text on white paper, the user then sees it as white text on black paper. The paid version also features an image stabilizer so users who inadvertently move around while trying to read don't have to manually focus the camera over and over again. 

The Magnifying Glass With Light 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

Rosetta Stone App Helps Caregivers: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

Senior caregivers may encounter senior clients or relatives of their senior clients whose first language is not English or who solely speak another language. The Spanish speaking population in America in particular continues to grow. To effectively communicate with senior clients or families of their senior clients, caregivers can use the Rosetta Stone app to learn the basics of one of 24 languages presented in the app. 

Learning another language consists of several different types of skills, so the Rosetta Stone app presents sample courses for free to introduce users to the basics of pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, reading and writing, if your device supports a keyboard. Each language also offers a core lesson, which ties the basics of the language together. 

Taking the lessons in a quiet and calm surrounding environment helps users focus solely on the app and particularly for the pronunciation section, be able to repeat the words and phrases through the phone microphone without interference. The free first level previews allow users to try out a language for free before they decide to purchase courses and more levels through Rosetta Stone. The lower level gives users an idea of how well they enjoy taking the language, how easily it comes to them and how long it would take them to go through the courses before they will be able to converse in that language.

The course design also gives caregivers the ability to pick and choose which aspects of the language that they work on the most. Caregivers only looking to communicate with family members of a senior client verbally might focus more heavily on pronunciation and vocabulary, while those who may need to e-mail with family members can narrow in on improving written and reading comprehension skills.

 

The Rosetta Stone 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

Ear Machine App Tests for Hearing Loss: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

Hearing tests are usually something seniors will avoid at all costs.  The idea of needing a hearing device means you have finally crossed the line into old age and many seniors avoid going down this road until their hearing problem has become a very real problem - causing awkward moments for their friends and family.  Now there is an App that allows you to test the quality of your hearing called the Ear Machine.

Being in an area with too many loud noises can be overwhelming, just as straining to hear a soft noise can be difficult on the ears. The Ear Machine App allows the user to adjust the loudness of the sound coming in through their headphones as well as fine-tune the sounds they are hearing for a better listening experience.  And for a better way to check your hearing to make sure you do not have hearing loss.

The Ear Machine app pulls sounds from the environment around the user using the microphone on their mobile device and allowing the user to move the fine-tuning wheel until they hear the noises around them at a clearer level than without the headphones. This function can be particularly useful for seniors who may be hard-of-hearing to participate in conversations, for caregivers to hear a senior who may be soft spoken or for anyone who wants to have control over the sounds in a busy or loud environment. 

Now anyone who has a parent or who may be a caregiver for a senior who you feel has hearing loss, can simply use this App to test their hearing - no need to keep asking them to go to the hearing doctor.  Just do the hearing test with this App, in the comfort of the senior's home.

The microphone on the phone is quite sensitive. In testing out the app in a new environment, it picks up quiet sounds located very close to the phone very well- for example, if I'm typing on my computer and the phone is sitting next to it, I can hear my fingers hitting each key very distinctly, which is not something that my ears catch without using this app. The only issue with this comes into play when the cord for the headphones is jostled- it comes across as a rather loud rustling that can disrupt the user from hearing sounds that are further away. 

The app also has a function that auto sets the loudness and fine-tuning wheels to their recommended levels for your environment. In addition to using the microphone to listen to the sounds around you, the app also allows users to tap into the music selection on their phone and adjust the levels to hear it they way you want to. 

 

The Ear Machine app is available 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

BillGuard App Helps Caregivers Manage Finances: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

Caregiving brings rewards beyond monetary compensation, but caregivers may need to budget carefully to ensure they can cover their bills and other living expenses on their caregiver pay. The BillGuard app allows senior caregivers to link their bank accounts to the app and view their spending patterns as well as set budgets for themselves. 

When users first create an account on Bill Guard, they can link up their various bank accounts by picking their bank and logging in through the app. Once all accounts have been linked to the app, caregivers can see their recent spending history on their homepage. This includes a summary of how much money the user has spent thus far in that month. Under the analytics tab, users can see a month by month breakdown of the amount of money spent and a further breakdown of the categories in which they spent their money, such as Cash, Loans, Groceries, Eating Out, Clothing, Utilities, etc. 

When a user is looking at their monthly summary, the app allows them to select "vs" the previous month so users can see if they spent more or less on each category in the prior month and recognize spending habits. Caregivers can use this particularly to compare bill costs and leisure spending from month to month to see where they can cut back on spending a little to save more money. 

The app also features an area called Savings that searches the internet for coupons and savings tips customized to your spending history to enable caregivers to save the most money possible. Users can click into that area of the app whenever they'd like to, but an alert icon will also appear on their dashboard when the app finds an applicable coupon. 

 

The BillGuard 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

MayoClinic App Eases Communication Between Patients, Doctors: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

Assisting seniors as a caregiver brings many challenges, including the challenge of communicating with both the senior, their family members and their medical doctors. Now, senior caregivers and their senior clients can make communicating with their doctors easy by using the MayoClinic app. Users of the app can search locations, schedule appointments, see their medical records and view publications. 

Making a doctor's appointment for a senior client can potentially result in a game of phone tag between the patient and the medical office. With the Mayo Clinic app, senior caregivers can help their senior clients make appointments within the app. Further communication with the doctor's office within the app includes recommended health actions by their physician. 

Another useful area of the app once an appointment is made allows users to plan for their visit to the clinic by reading about specific information on the clinic and hospital buildings, maps and parking. Lodging and restaurant information also makes it easy for patients who may be traveling to their appointments to find accommodations. A video guide also shows users various aspects of the clinics, from arriving at the local airports to tours of the downtown area and entering the clinic. 

The My Health section of the app allows users access to their medical records and health information on demand, as well as to see recommendations for health actions from their doctor. This function comes in handy when senior clients may be visiting a different doctor for an regular exam, such as the dentist, and they ask for any changes in medical history. Caregivers can help senior clients pull up the medical history on the app to compare with the data on file at that office.

Patients can also message their doctors through the app if they have a minor health question, such as a clarification on the instructions for taking a medication. In the Our Locations sections you can also search all Mayo Clinic locations in case of a need to see a physician while away from home. The flip through organization of the categories of the app with subcategory descriptions below allows for easy navigation. 

The Mayo Clinic app is available for free 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

Happier App Logs Positive Moments for Stress Relief: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

Stress relief for senior caregivers plays a large part in living a healthy life. Caregiving can be quite stressful both physically and emotionally, so after a day of working with senior clients the Happier app gives caregivers a chance to reflect on the positive moments of the day and see what others in the community post as being positive, too. 

The Happier app is comprised of three basic sections: Learn, Share Happy and Community. The Learn section features several video lessons designed to improve your life by making small changes in your daily routine. Professional coaches worked on the courses on topics such as yoga, meditation and learning to be grateful in everyday life. The self paced courses all require in-app purchases and range in price based on the activity and the length of the course, but they come with a money back guarantee and can be accessed via mobile or on the web. 

The next section titled Share Happy allows caregivers to track the happy moments of their day in a log to look back on when they're feeling stressed. Caregivers can share a happy moment they shared with a senior client, a story about a compliment they received while at work or something as simple as seeing some flowers in bloom that made them smile. The log allows users to add a photograph to each entry and connect to social networks to share the entry with their friends or lock it for personal viewing only. 

The community section of the app allows Caregivers to view what their friends have entered as public in their Happier logs. Caregivers can connect with other senior caregivers they know who use the app and create a support community to use the app and give each other encouragement by commenting on one another's entries. If none of your social media friends are on Happier, users also have an opportunity to see Featured entries and Nearby entries. If you're having a bad day or need a moment for stress relief, open the app and scroll through what's making other people happy. 

 

The Happier app is available 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

RetailMeNot App Offers Coupons, Deals To Save Money: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

For senior caregivers, pay often covers their living expenses but doesn't leave them a lot of extra for luxuries or unexpected purchases. With the RetailMeNot app, caregivers can search for deals nearby or at their favorite stores for instant coupons to save money and get more for their budgeted amount when shopping. 

Whether shopping for yourself or for a senior client, staying within a budget can be difficult when items come to be needed unexpectedly or cost more than you bargained for. The RetailMeNot app features coupons from big name retailers and restaurants, meaning caregivers should be able to find an applicable coupon for a purchase if they're comparing several stores. A feature within the app allows users to quickly search nearby offers by allowing the app to use their location. Retailers with coupons range from clothing stores such as Macy's, Old Navy and Express to restaurants such as Ruby Tuesday's, Papa John's Pizza and Quizno's to a craft store like Michael's. 

The app brings users to a homepage when they open the app that shows the day's most popular deals on a rotating list. The list displays the store's logo and a brief description of the deal- 30% off, for example- and then indicates whether the deal is for shopping online or in store. Users should use caution before getting excited about a deal displayed here, though- if the coupon says 25% off at Macy's, it can have more specific stipulations when opened further, like 25% off certain garden and home goods. The location search allows users to find quick deals around them if they're looking for a cheap meal or the best place to find a new sweater. 

 

The RetailMeNot 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

MyRA App Allows Senior Clients to Track Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

Living with rheumatoid arthritis means daily aches and pain. Senior caregivers can help their senior clients track their daily experiences with rheumatoid arthritis to recognize trends and share the information with the senior clients' physician. 

Tracking in the app falls into several different categories. The "Big Picture" section enables users to enter how they feel overall on any given day on a scale of 1- Very Good to 5- Very Bad. This area also contains a spot for a photograph if a senior caregiver feels there's something that needs to be included visually. The "Joint Pain" area displays a cartoon diagram of a person with small circles around the joints. Seniors can tap where they feel pain and indicate the intensity by tapping only once for green, light pain, twice for yellow, moderate pain or three times for red, intense pain.

The "Morning Stiffness" section asks a simple question- "How long did your morning stiffness last?" Other sections track daily fatigue, functionality and medications. The summary area shows data for the past 30 or 90 days of tracking, so the more often caregivers record data, the easier it becomes to find trends. The app has a reminder section where caregivers can ask for their phone to notify them to make entries at the same time every day. The resources section also provides more information on rheumatoid arthritis and organizations devoted to it. 

 

The MyRA app is available for free 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

Garden Plate App Provides Healthy Recipes for Summer: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

For senior caregivers and their senior clients, eating healthy may not be as easy as it seems. The Garden Plate app offers healthy recipes in several different categories, such as salads, snacks and desserts, to help users eat well.

Seniors may be on particular diet restrictions such as gluten free, low sodium or low fat as orders from their doctors to help them continue to age well. Senior caregivers may not be familiar with many recipes to go along with these diets. The Garden Plate app has you covered- recipes range from categories vegan, gluten free and raw to cover dietary restrictions, and then general recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. With over 20 recipes in each category, there's something for everyone.

The recipes themselves display prep time and cooking time at the top so caregivers know exactly how long it will take to make. It also shows how many servings the dish makes. If it shows 4-6 servings and you're only making food for two people, try halving the ingredients or freezing half of the final product for a quick reheated meal later. Another feature lets users add recipes to their in-app shopping list, so that you can make sure you buy what you need for a great, healthy meal. 

 

The Garden Plate is available for free 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

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