History App for Caregivers, Senior Clients to Share Past

A lot can change in a lifetime, especially for senior clients who were born before the personal computer, the civil rights movement and the World Wars. For senior caregivers and their clients who enjoy discussing and learning about history, The History Channel app offers content from the cable channel as well as an archive of event specific short videos. 

The History Channel on TV covers a vast amount of human history in different areas. Likewise, the app provides content ranging across the depths of human history, covering topics from American slavery and the civil rights movement to U.S. Presidents and the history of the U.S. States. 

When users first download the app, they have the option to log in using their cable provider to unlock all of the features, or to just browse without logging in. The benefit of logging in comes in being able to watch full episodes of The History Channel original series, and being able to stream Live TV directly to the device being used. 

Users can even mark shows they'd like to watch later and sync their Continue Watching and My Queue lists from the app to their TV. For senior caregivers who might like to watch this channel with their senior clients to share a piece of history, this feature could come in handy to bookmark clips they'd like to show their senior clients later. 

Even if users don't log in with a cable provider, they still have free access to the Topics area of the app. This section breaks down app content based on the event or topic it centers around. Topics include Ancient History, holidays such as Christmas and Thanksgiving, major wars such as the Cold War and the Vietnam War, and Women's History. 


Users can pick a topic and without leaving that page, quickly scroll through all of the videos in the category to pick one to watch. For a more in depth summary, they can click on a specific title to read a full description and find information on video length. Most of the videos range from two to four minutes long and offer similar insight from historians as the longer programs on the History Channel. 

For senior caregivers, sharing this app with their senior clients provides a unique way to learn more about their word view. For example, watching a video on the Vietnam War might prompt a senior client to share a story about a loved one who served in the military at that time. Or, watching videos on the Civil Rights Movement might cause senior clients to reflect on how society has changed within their lifetime. And, if senior clients already have particular events from history they like to learn about, this app provides an easy way to find more videos on the topic to continue further learning. 

The History Channel App is available for Apple and Android platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discovers 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 and Sell Second Hand Items for Caregivers in App

With low pay rates, caregiver budgets can be tight. Take that shirt you loved in the store only to bring it home and wear it twice before being doomed to the back of your closet and put it up for sale online instead of letting it gather dust. Using the letgo app, caregivers can make money off items they no longer use at home and search for gently used items at low prices. 

The letgo app functions as a neighborhood resale app. Users can list items for sale and pick up in their neighborhood, and then search listings in their area. When caregivers first download the app, they need to create an account by linking a Facebook or Google profile, or typing in their information manually.

Once caregivers create an account, they can browse through all available listings. The app breaks items for sale down into one of several categories such as: electronics; cars and motors; sports, leisure and games; home and garden; movies, books and music; fashion and accessories; baby and child; or other. 

The wide variety of items for sale offer caregivers plenty of options to purchase things they might need at a lower rate than in stores. For example, in the furniture category users can search through listings with furniture available secondhand but still in good condition. For example, this Ikea chair starts at $129 new, but caregivers could purchase it for $40 secondhand from this listing in the app. 


Caregivers can also see the zip code where the seller is located, so they can easily determine if the item would be in a place easy for them to get to and pick up. To sell an item of their own, caregivers can create a listing in a few short minutes. The app allows users to upload photos from their phones or take a new photo when creating a listing. 

Once a photo has been selected or taken, caregivers can either set a price or list it simply as negotiable. The description of the item will be pulled from the photograph you provide, and the location will match up with the location attached to your profile from the time of set up. Product listings become available within the app in 10 minutes. 

Once caregivers see something they'd like to purchase, they can chat privately within the app with the seller to arrange payment and a time to pick the item up. Caregivers can see a summary of all the items they've sold or bought under the person icon on the lower right corner of the screen. 

The letgo app is available for Apple and Android platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discovers 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

Celebrate Arbor Day and Get Outdoors with Park Finder App

Arbor Day is next Friday, April 29. While the natural first inclination as a way to celebrate Arbor Day might be to plant a tree in your yard, caregivers and their senior clients don't have to go through quite so much physical labor to appreciate nature. Using the Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder app, caregivers can search local parks to enjoy with their senior clients as a way to get some fresh air, or on their own for hiking, biking or running as a form of exercise. 

After users first open the app and authorize it to use their location, they then have the option to search for parks based strictly on location, or instead select Things to Do at the parks prior to searching. Options on the Things to Do list include birdwatching, picnicking, hiking, fishing, boating, etc. Once caregivers select specific activities and initiate the search, a list comes back of all the parks in the area that meet that criteria. 


The app displays parks in a list, starting with the one closest to the user's current location and moving farther away as the list continues. There's also a map feature which allows users to see all the results plotted out, in case they'd like to find a park that way instead. 

Once users identify a park they might like to visit, they can click on it for a one or two paragraph description of the park in addition to a list of all the Things to Do there. The description tries to provide all pertinent information, such as the type of equipment at the park and the layout. One even shares information on whether the park is considered ADA accessible, which is helpful for senior caregivers whose clients might be in wheelchairs. 

The app only offers photos uploaded by other users who visited the park previously, so some of the parks have no photos at all. Caregivers can also read reviews left by other visitors to get an idea of what to expect when they visit, and leave their own review after they spend time in the park themselves. 

The last part of the park profile provides contact information for the park, including the organization who owns it (i.e. Chicago Park District) and the main phone number. Caregivers can check in when they visit the park to keep track of where they've been and save their favorite parks to the My Parks area of the app. 

Senior caregivers might find that spending just half an hour at a park with their senior client on the way home from an errand provides a nice way to stop and connect with nature. Running or biking outdoors at a park also offers a change of pace from regular gym equipment and some nice local greenery for added views. 

The Oh, Ranger! Park Finder app is available for Apple and Android platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discovers 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

Alarm App Gives Caregivers Easier Wake Up Options

Waking up can be hard to do, especially if sleeping through the night proves to be difficult. With the MyAlarmClock App, senior caregivers can set specific alarms for the morning and use sleep timers to help them fall asleep at night. 

Every part of the alarm clock in the MyAlarmClock app can be customized to meet the needs of the user. The app offers several different clock display options, ranging from digital displays in several colors to a mock antique clock face. 


To set an alarm, caregivers can go to the Alarm List and enter the time they would like to wake up. The Repeat option allows users to select which day(s) of the week they would like the alarm to go off. If caregivers see one client only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, they can set a specific, repeating alarm just for those days. 

The alarm has a few different options for sounds. Users can choose between various in-app noises, such as Bells, Mellow or Electro, for the alarm noise. Or, they can elect to play music from their iTunes by picking a specific song or shuffling through the entire library. 

Caregivers should take care to ensure the volume level is where they'd like it on this screen. Users also have the option to have the noise fade in for a less jarring wake up. When the alarm goes off in the morning, caregivers can tap their hand over their phone to activate the "Snooze" button aspect. Or, they can set the snooze settings ahead of time to automatically have the alarm play for 30 seconds and then snooze for a set amount of time, i.e. five minutes. 

The Sleep Timer area of the app offers assistance to fall asleep at night. Users can select either White Noise or songs from their iTunes library to listen to as they drift off. The timer allows caregivers to set exactly how long the noise should play as they fall asleep. 

Other app functions include a flashlight that can be activated by double tapping on the screen and a weather area. The weather summary automatically shows in the upper left corner of the home screen, but users can also click on it for a more detailed view. This way, caregivers can know how to dress for the day before even leaving bed. 

The My Alarm Clock app is available for Apple and Android platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discovers 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


Save Money and Reward Yourself in Tipping App

Too tired to tie the laces on your shoes and go to the gym? Easier to grab coffee from a shop than to make it at home? Trying to break a bad habit? Using the Tip Yourself app, caregivers can identify acts they'd like to be rewarded for and give themselves tips for completing those acts. 

The tips come directly from the caregiver's bank account and are deposited into the "Tip Jar" within the app. For caregivers, maintaining a regular savings account might be challenging due to tight budgets, so the "Tip Jar" makes for an easy way to stash some extra cash away for a fun fund or a rainy day. Plus, it helps motivate users to break bad habits or form new good habits. 

When users first set up the app, they need to create a profile by either importing data from Facebook or filling in the fields manually. Then, users can link their bank account to the app by signing in with their bank's online log in and entering a verification code. This enables users to move funds back and forth from their account to their "Tip Jar." Funds can be withdrawn from the "Tip Jar" at any point and at no fee to the user. 

To create a tip, users simply need to go through two basic screens. The first asks for the tip amount, ranging from $2.00 to $10.00 or another amount specified by the user. One way caregivers might decide how much to tip lies in saving money on purchases. For example, if a caregiver decides to make a sandwich at home instead of getting food from a restaurant, they might save $5.00. That $5.00 could be designated as the self tip amount. 

Another place caregivers might find tip amounts is at the grocery store. If you buy a box of cereal on sale for $2.00 off and purchase that instead of a full priced brand, then reward yourself by putting that amount in your "Tip Jar." Two dollars may not seem like much, but those small amounts will add up over time. 


The second screen asks users to designate why they are giving themselves tips. Suggested reasons are listed at the bottom of the screen, but caregivers also have the option to type in their own reason. Specifically, if users are trying to break a bad habit such as smoking or establish a new habit such as going to the gym, this would be an ideal place to keep track of that. The lock or unlock button at the bottom establishes if the post will be public or private. 

For inspiration and to see what other users are giving themselves tips for, caregivers can look through an activity feed on the left side of the home screen. The statistics area of the app provides information on total tips this month, highest tip amount, average tip amount, etc. Caregivers can easily view the current balance of their "Tip Jar" on this screen or by clicking on an icon at the bottom of the app. 

The Tip Yourself app is available for Apple platforms.  

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discovers 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


Remember to Pack Everything for a Trip with List App

Nothing takes away the excitement of traveling like realizing that you planned to go for a nice swim but your swimsuit didn't make it into your suitcase before you left. Senior caregivers who help clients pack for a trip in particular have a lot to remember from medications to extra items for comfort such as blankets and pillows. If you or your senior client are planning a trip home for Easter this weekend or taking your own spring break, use the PackPoint app to plan and pack everything you'll need for a stress free trip. 

When users first open the app, it asks for pertinent details about their trip such as destination, date leaving, number of nights you'll be gone and if the trip is for business or leisure. The next screen asks users to select specific activities they might do during their trip, such as gym, camping or fancy dinner. 


For each activity selected, the app generates a pre-existing list of items users could want to use while they do it. For example, the swimming list adds a pool swimsuit, swimsuit coverup, goggles and sandals to the packing list. In addition to the specialty categories, the app generates a list of Essentials and Toiletries categories as part of the overall packing list too. 

Once caregivers pack an item on the list, they can click the circle next to the item and a check mark will appear inside of it. The item also turns grey and shifts to the bottom of the list for an easy visual on what's left to pack. Users also have the option to type additional items into any of the lists. For items such as socks or underwear that need to be refreshed on a daily basis, the app also places a number on the packing list that corresponds with the number of nights you will be traveling. 

The app also offers the ability to sync with Evernote, a notes and to-do list app. If caregivers already use that app, syncing the two together will make keeping track of overall tasks easier. Particularly if you're preparing a senior client for a trip, make sure to cover all bases from a medical perspective and a comfort perspective. Talk to their doctor and pack all necessary medications as well as any medical supplies needed for their regular routine. Additionally, pack outfits that incorporate a lot of layers for unpredictable temperatures and run through their daily routine in your head to pinpoint any other important items they might need. 

The PackPoint app is available for Apple and Android platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discovers 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


Keep Track of Tasks and Timelines in To Do List App

Caregivers have a lot to remember to do between the specific needs of their senior clients and their personal lives. Using the Todoist app, caregivers can easily track and plan for all of the errands and work tasks they need to complete. 

When caregivers first download the Todoist app, they will need to create individual profiles to store all of their tasks. The Todosit app breaks To Do lists down by which Project they fit in. The basic category options in Todoist include Personal, Shopping, Work, Errands and Movies to Watch. Caregivers can also add their own custom categories by clicking "Add Project" at the bottom of the main screen. 

Under each Project, users create a list of specific tasks. Caregivers specifically could create a Project for each senior client to organize specific work related tasks for each person instead of grouping them all together. Caregivers can also share the Project with other contacts if it involves splitting up tasks. This feature gives users the ability to collaborate and view the progress of others on their specific task lists. 

New tasks require a Name plus Project assignment, and optional fields include Due Date, Priority, and Parent tasks. For caregivers, a task such as going to the doctor with a senior client could be a parent task for going pharmacy to pick up and necessary medications. Caregivers also have the option to set reoccurring tasks, such as "take a walk for stress relief" on a daily basis. 



Once caregivers load several tasks into the app, they can click on the "Next 7 Days" area of the app to view a snapshot of the next week and how their due dates line up. Conveniently, to the right of each task in this view, caregivers can see which Project it belongs to. This makes it easy for caregivers to visualize their different obligations and determine how to best manage their time. 

When users complete individual tasks, they can mark them as such in the app and then the tasks appear greyed out with a line through them. A sorting view by level of priority also helps users figure out the order of importance. Unfortunately, reminders for task completion and labels cannot be accessed by free users. If caregivers would like access to these features, they must upgrade to the paid version of the app. 

The Todoist app is available for Apple and Android platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discovers 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



Celebrate St. Patrick's Day Using Celtic Knot Brain Game App

St. Patrick's Day is less than a week away, so along with pulling out a green shirt to avoid getting pinched, caregivers can also help their senior clients celebrate and prevent onset of dementia at the same time. Celtic knots emerged during the Roman Empire in artwork, became part of many Christian monuments and often accompany celebrations of Irish heritage. Caregivers can get in the spirit of the Irish holiday by using the free Celtic Knot game app to help their clients exercise their minds. 

The basic elements of a Celtic knot come from interlaced lines that form patterns. When users first begin using the app, they will be presented with a set of scrambled tiles that should make up a Celtic Knot pattern. Users then can drag and drop the tiles using their finger to rearrange them. The goal of the game is to rearrange the tiles to form the knot in the least amount of times and moves possible. The drag and drop feature makes it easy to play with a few taps of the finger.

 

The puzzles vary in difficulty and pattern type. Some of the patterns make one cohesive and connected figure, while others make a few different shapes on the same board. The level of difficulty ranges from fairly apparent designs to more intricate ones that require a lot of shuffling. The design above is made easier to assemble by the different colors shown on the two shapes. Some other levels have complicated designs with all of the lines in one color.

Exercising the brain on a regular basis remains one of the easiest ways to help prevent the onset of dementia for senior clients. Mixing up the games they play seasonally can help seniors mix it up and stop them from getting bored with doing the same activity repeatedly. The app also offers a difficulty level for the "Wee Folk," or children, so if your senior client has family members visiting then they can play together. 

The app also offers a Knot Shop, which takes users to an online store selling various items with Celtic Knot designs. T-shirts, mugs, bags, phone cases etc. feature different designs for caregivers who might be interested. The free version of the app offers a limited number of games with ads present, but if caregivers find their clients enjoy the game enough then they can purchase the paid version with additional levels. 

The Celtic Knot app is available for Apple platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discovers 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

Keep Healthy Living Goals Using Nutrition App

There's a saying that the hardest part of working out is tying your shoes. Getting into an exercise routine requires motivation to persist until it becomes a habit, as does healthy eating. The Lifesum app enables caregivers to set realistic healthily living goals and see them through. 

When caregivers first download the app, they need to create a profile with specific details about their current health, such as height, weight and age. Then, the app determines what type of plan they would like to create: be healthier, lose weight or gain weight (build muscle strength). Based on these selections, the app determines how many calories the user should consume in a day. 


This app further breaks down calorie recommendations per day by recommended number of carbs, amount of protein and amount of fat. Additionally, suggests about how many calories the caregiver should consume for each meal to balance throughout the day. A water tracker at the bottom allows users to tap a glass icon each time they drink 8 oz of water to record it. The app offers rotating tips about how much water to drink, such as drinking some prior to meals to prevent overeating and ensuring rehydration after exercise. 

Caregivers also have the option to search for and record the type and amount of exercise they complete. Everything from sit-ups and weight lifting to zumba and yoga are available in the search, with estimated calories burned based on how long users exercise. Caregivers can fit exercise into their day before or after work, and it can be as simple as going for a quick 20 minute walk. The calories burned are factored into the daily calorie allowance, meaning in exchange for a 30 minute run, caregivers might be able to eat a little more that day. 

The paid version of the app offers additional features, such as meal recommendations and food ratings meant to educate the user and provide suggestions for healthier eating. When users first download the free version of the app, the meal recommendations are available on a trial basis. They consist of recipes suggested for breakfast, lunch or dinner with nutrition information upfront to make informed decisions. Should users decide they like this feature, the paid subscription is available starting at $3.91 per month. 

The Lifesum app is available for Apple and Android platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discovers 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

Make Up Tips for Job Interviews and Any Occasion in App

The decision on whether to wear make up on a daily basis lies in personal preference, but sometimes wearing make up to a job interview or a special event adds an extra boost of confidence. For caregivers who may not wear make up on a daily basis, or for those who do and seek new styles to try, the Eve app offers tips and tutorials.

When users first open Eve, they find themselves on the Discovery tab. This area displays a rotating list of different tutorials and tips, ranging from Quick Hairstyles to Brick Red Lips. For caregivers who have already mastered the basics of their daily make up routine, this area allows them to quickly scroll through and find new ideas to try. Every tutorial is accompanied by a photo on the main page, allowing for easy browsing.

For those new to make up techniques, the Basics tab offers video tutorials for Covering Blemishes, Eyeliner Basics, French Braids, Straightening Hair and more. Caregivers can watch the videos in this area to be introduced to these techniques in detail before they need to use them in one of the look tutorials. 

For caregiver job interviews, wearing a little bit of make up can give you an extra boost to make you look put together and professional. Extremes should be avoided, so shelf the blue eye shadow in favor of browns, grays and other basic colors that match your skin tone. On Eve, a basic tutorial called "Makeup For The Office," guides caregivers who may not be sure where to start step by step through how to complete the look. 


This tutorial refers to contouring, which caregivers can learn from a tutorial in the Basics tab. The tutorials also suggest products for users to consider using. The Products area of the tab shows all of the products that a caregiver decides to save. 

All of the tutorials in the app are available for free, making it easy for caregivers to click around and try many different looks if they so desire. The Favorites area allows caregivers to save tutorials that particularly catch their eyes to revisit later. 

The Eve app is available for Apple platforms.

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discovers 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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