Coupon App Offers Cash Back in Time for Thanksgiving

My grandpa used to go through the coupons that came in the daily paper to find the best deals at local grocery stores and then take me or my brother with him to go pick up the bread, milk or half a pound of lunchmeat on sale. These days for senior caregivers finding the best deals doesn't require scouring the paper insert, but instead using the Ibotta app to find local deals offering instant cash back. 

The main focus of the Ibotta app centers around grocery shopping and finding deals at chain stores, although other retail categories exist in the app as well. Users can browse by a specific category on the homepage, such as Thanksgiving. Once the category is selected, a list of all participating stores pops up and users can scroll through their specific details. However, even though the app collected my zip code as part of registration, the stores listed don't necessarily all have locations in my area. 


Oncer caregivers weed through and find the stores close to them, they can select an individual retailer and see all of the in-app cash back deals on products offered there. Once a caregiver decides to take advantage of a deal on a product, they need to "unlock" it within the app by pressing the unlock button. This brings up a separate page, sometimes with a promotional video for the product or a common recipe the product is an ingredient for. The bottom of the page displays an unlock button, and only when users click it will the deal be available for them to claim cash back on. 

Users can view all deals they have unlocked deals on under the Shopping List area of the app. Most importantly, users must upload their receipt from the store after their shopping trip as proof of purchase to access the cash back. Once the app accepts the proof of purchase, users will begging to build a total in the cash back area. 

Users have a few options for redeeming their cash back within the app. Once they build up a minimum of ten dollars, they can have it transferred to either Paypal or Venmo or select a gift card for a participating vendor such as Starbucks, Walmart, Express, etc. If users opt to receive a gift card, instructions on redemption are sent to their e-mail. 

The Ibotta 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


Caregiver Cooking Made Easy With Recipes App

Finding the perfect recipe if you already know what you want to cook can be pretty easy in the age of the internet. However, as a busy senior caregiver, if you don't already know what you'd like to cook, finding a recipe can seem overwhelming with thousands of dishes to choose from. The BigOven app offers caregivers a large selection of recipes and suggestions to help narrow the choices down. 

When users first open the app, they are greeted with a homepage set up with a feed of recent individual recipes and recipe collections to browse. Topics include Fall and Winter Soups, Recent Raves (4 and 5 star reviews), and Pantry Recipes (Make dinner with what you have on hand). Users can click on these categories to see all of the choices and pick one they'd like to make. If caregivers see multiple recipes they like, they can favorite them to come back to at a later time. 

Users can browse other set categories such as Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners in the Collections area of the app. Under Menus, users can drill down to the type of recipe they'd like to see with a few quick clicks. This area offers the best route for users who already know what category of meal they'd like to make, such as Slow Cooker or Kid-Friendly. 



On the individual recipe pages, caregivers can also see how other users have rated the recipes. Most of the reviews also note how other users adapted the recipe by adding or substituting ingredients. As users favorite recipes, they can also add accompanying ingredients they may need to make the recipe to the Grocery List section of the app. 

If caregivers know roughly what the menu will be for a meal and need a recipe or a basic reminder on how to cook an item in particular, they can search by name. A simple search for Asparagus brings up several different recipes for caregivers to choose from, ranging from baking or steaming and basic preparation to adding other ingredients. 

One negative of this app, however, is the inability to filter for dietary needs such as low sodium or gluten free. If your senior client has a specific dietary need, use the search function to pull up recipes that meet those needs. When you type in the words "low sodium" into the search, a lot of recipes appear with those words in the title. However, when you search for "low sodium chicken," only five recipes match the search. For caregivers whose clients have severely restricted diets, this app may not work well. 

The BigOven 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

Caregivers May Save Money and Invest Over Time with The Stash App

Investing for someone who's never done it before can sound intimidating and the number of options might seem overwhelming. And for senior caregivers, there might be a misconception that investing can only be done if you have thousands of dollars to invest from the start. The Stash app takes the difficulty and confusion out of investing and gives users the opportunity to invest starting with as little as $5. 

When users first create an account, they enter all of their pertinent information and then answer basic financial background questions such as annual income, value of everything owned minus debt and when they plan to use the money they're investing. The app then uses the responses to these questions to suggest a portfolio for the user. 

First time users need to make a starting investment as part of their account set up, so plan to have at least $5 available to transfer from a bank account when you create your profile. The transfer itself requires only an online log in for your bank. Users don't even need their routing and account number which makes it quick and easy to complete. 



The portfolio options vary dependent on risk level and interest. Stash recommends investing options to users based on personal interest sorted into categories such as "I Believe," "I Want" and "I Like." In the "I Believe" category, users can browse through investment options in companies that align with their personal beliefs. Options include small companies, green companies, or companies that support equal rights for all. Under the "I Want" category, users see the traditional investment options ranging from an Aggressive Mix to a Conservative Mix. Under the "I Like" category, users can invest in innovators, entertainment companies, internet titans, retailers and other leisure type companies. 

From the basic home screen, users can scroll through and see their balance history, investment potential and recommended investments based on their portfolio and risk profile. The investment potential area in particular gives users the ability to see how their investments could grow over time based on Potential Monthly Deposit and Growth Potential. 

The Stash app breaks down investing to make it easy for senior caregivers to understand where their money is going and how their investments are performing over time. The easy navigation throughout the app ensures that user experiences are free of any frustrations. 

The Stash Invest 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




Weight Loss and Health Maintenance Using App Helps Caregivers Stay Fit and Healthy

If you've ever said to yourself, "my diet starts tomorrow," or signed up for a gym membership only to go sporadically, you're not alone. Finding the time to go to the gym and stop by the store to stock up on healthy food options can be tricky, especially for a senior caregiver after a stressful day at work. However, caregivers can use the MyDietCoach app to not only track their exercise and diet, but also to set goals and follow through on weight loss and health maintenance. 

When users first open the MyDietCoach app, they are presented with the option to set a goal of how much weight they would like to lose in how much time. However, what sets the MyDietCoach app apart is the ability to list why primarily you'd like to lose weight. Examples include: to look the best I can, to be more active, to reward myself with plenty of new clothes, etc. 


Going along with motivations behind the goal, in the Diary portion of the app users have the ability to track both productive and counterproductive tasks they perform throughout the day. Productive options include: find a gym and sign up, healthy shopping, make time for exercise, etc. Less productive options include: workout laziness, emotional eating and food craving. Noting both the productive and counterproductive portions of each day will help caregivers note habits over time to change their behavior. 

Going along with the counterproductive tasks is the Challenges area, which provides advice to users on how to change their behavior. For example, to Handle Craving Sweets, the app recommends that users, "Combine Multigrain cereals with a banana and strawberries for a tasty crunchy morning treat." 

Based on a user's profile and weight loss goal, the app provides a recommended calorie intake for the day and users can track all the food they eat in the Diary portion of the app as well. In the reminders area of the app, users can set their phones to give them notifications throughout the day to look at a motivational photo, to cook a specific food, to drink a glass of water, etc. 

Overall this app considers every part of weight loss and diet maintenance over time, including the emotional aspects and behavior motivations. Instead of focusing solely on the numbers involved such as current weight and calorie intake, it focuses on the personal motivation for your weight loss, recognizing challenges tied to motivation and daily reminders to help meet the end goal. 

The MyDietCoach 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

Find New Hobby With Night Sky App for Stargazing

For caregivers and their senior clients looking for a new hobby to break up their daily routine, getting outside and viewing the night sky offers a way to connect with nature without needing to leave your porch. As the days get shorter and we prepare to fall back for daylight saving time, the evenings of darkness provide excellent opportunities to stargaze using the Night Sky app. 

The Night Sky app initially presents a user guide to show users the multiple functions of the app, including identifying which constellations users see at a given time and making recommendations for the best time of day to watch the sky. The app uses the camera on a user's phone and location services to set up the night sky view on the homepage. 

As caregivers point their phone towards the area of sky they're looking at and tilt it around, the app shows the constellations on the screen in beautifully illustrations. The constellations in the sky don't actually portray a detailed illustration of a man though, so when users select a constellation and tap it on the homepage, it pulls up a page with more information on the constellation.

The individual constellation pages provide a myriad of details, such as the official name, the symbolism and the visibility, as well as information on the stars that make up the constellation and its place in mythology. Senior caregivers and their clients could take fifteen minutes and learn about one new constellation a day as a way to shake up their regular routine. 

Even if users live in an urban area with light pollution or attempt to look outside on a cloudy night, they will still be able to use the app to find where the stars lie in the sky despite not being able to see them in person. The Stargazing Weather section of the app gives an hourly stargazing conditions rating to help caregivers decide when it's best to step outside and see the stars. 

Despite a handful of requests to rate the app or advertisements to buy accompanying products such as a telescope, the Night Sky app provides comprehensive information and functionality for being a free app. The Night Sky Lite 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


Caregivers May Improve Brain Functions Using Elevate App

It's easy to get stuck in a monotonous routine day in and day out, especially for senior caregivers and their clients. For senior clients, maintaining and using various brain functions on a regular basis helps ensure their mind stays active. Help your senior clients maintain their brain functions and prevent the onset of dementia by using the Elevate app. 

Elevate focuses on improving brain functions in core areas such as focus, speech skills, reading comprehension, etc. When users first download and open the app, they are presented with tests specifically designed to measure their current performance in categories such as reading, writing, math, etc. The base scores give users a benchmark to measure all future performance against. 


As part of the set up, users also indicate what areas they would like to see improvement in skill-wise. Caregivers can use areas such as the writing brevity test to strengthen writing skills for communicating with the family of a senior client. If senior clients enjoy reading as a hobby, they can improve their reading comprehension by taking advantage of the Processing test, which shows various passages at an increasing words read per minute speed and quizzing users on the content afterwards. 

The creators established different levels for users effectively, making sure the introductory quiz matches the content levels of the tests. While a caregiver might fly through a reading test, their senior client may start at a lower level to match their needs. Once users complete the initial set up, the app offers them a weekly learning plan with reminder notifications. After five training sessions, users can visit the Study area of the app to participate in practice exercises in between sessions. 

Users can measure their progress week after week by viewing their personal scores under the Performance area of the app. Make it into a fun competition with your senior client by seeing who can improve by the most points over an eight week period. Instead of comparing who has the most overall points, see who can earn the most from their starting point to the end date to make it fair. 

The Elevate 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

Digital Art on Display Using Artsy App

From the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to the Natural Museum of Korea, thousands upon thousands of works of art across various mediums fill galleries worldwide. The Artsy app eliminates the requirement of traveling extensively across the globe to experience museums by placing entire galleries at your fingertips. Senior caregivers can see art as a form of stress relief as well as a way to connect with senior clients. 


When users first download the Artsy app, they are greeted with a homepage featuring a slideshow across the top and featured "Current Shows" below. For its design, the app gives off a modern art museum guide feel with a clean cut black and white navigation area and a single rotating thin black bar when a new page loads. The content-heavy app feels easy to navigate with the static bottom bar listing the different categories. 



The app features almost too many different ways to access content, including search by name or city of the museum, viewing a list of current shows or the top 50 shows of the moment, and browsing the in-app version of the magazine. Caregivers might find it easiest to start with a museum familiar to his/her senior client, such as one near a city where he/she grew up. That way senior clients can share commentary on installations they've seen before in the permanent collections as well as flip through an exhibit they might not be able to visit in person. 


The level of detail within the app is nearly unparalleled. As users delve into the specific exhibits at a particular museum, they will find much of the same descriptive information about a painting that they would from standing next to it in the exhibit. Individual museums have a list and summary of "All Shows" that have been part of the app, specific "Works" featured, items from their "Shop," "Articles" about the installations and "Contact information." 


The level of content may seem overwhelming, but senior caregivers and their clients can make a hobby to "visit" a different city within the app each month. You'll quickly find you've gone on a cultural trot around the globe and through time from the comfort of your own couch. If caregivers create a free account within the app, they can save works and artists to their favorites to revisit later. Senior caregivers could even put together a virtual gallery of a senior client's personal favorites within the app to share with loved ones. 

The Artsy 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



Caregiver Career Advancement With LinkedIn App

LinkedIn offers caregivers a chance to connect with people and organizations that they may be interested in working with in a professional online space. The LinkedIn app offers caregivers the ability to make connections, participate in group discussions and look for local organizations on the go. 

When new users download the LinkedIn app, they need to either link their existing LinkedIn profile to the app or create a new profile. To create a LinkedIn profile, new users can either upload their resume for the computer to autofill information or they can simply go through and manually type in some details of their work history. If you need assistance building a resume, use the Caregiverlist Resume Builder. In addition to work history, users can also list professional training on their profile, such as Caregiverlist Basic Training

Then, LinkedIn gives the option to upload a photo. Placing a picture on your profile provides a nice touch, just remember to use a professional looking headshot. If you don't have an existing photo that meets that criteria, put on a nice shirt and ask a friend to snap a few pictures of you against a neutral background. 

Once users have entered their profile information, they are taken to the newsfeed which serves as the homepage within the app. Users can see what their connections have shared lately on this feed. A menu on the left side of the app pops out when users click the LinkedIn logo displayed in the top bar. It's not obvious that this will bring up a menu, but once users click on it options for Jobs, People You May Know, Connections, Companies, etc. will appear. 



One of the features of LinkedIn gives applicants the ability to look at a company profile with snapshot information about the size of a company, their overall company summary and current staff. Say you search for a position at a care agency in our Caregiving Career Center and would like to learn more about the company. By going to LinkedIn and searching the name of the company, you can pull up their profile and read more about them. Plus, information about a recruiter who works for that company might be included on their profile so you can contact them directly for more details on the position. 

The more people you connect with on LinkedIn, the more opportunities you create to be introduced to someone professionally. Say you have a connection with a fellow caregiver who used to work for an agency where you now decided to apply for a job. LinkedIn will show you that your connection is also connected to someone who works at that agency, and you can request that they introduce you to that person for online networking. 

Groups on the LinkedIn app also provide more networking. Search caregiving and you will find local and national scale groups devoted to caregiver issues and networking. 

The LinkedIn 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



Fishing App For Caregiver Stress Relief

Fishing offers senior clients a way to get outdoors before summer ends and engage in some light physical activity to keep moving as they age. Meanwhile, senior caregivers may find that fishing brings significant stress relief and being outdoors provides a calming environment. The FishBrain app shares local fishing spots and tips with caregivers.


When users first open the FishBrain app, they need to create a basic profile including the type of fishing that particularly interests them and the types of fish they'd like to catch. If you're new to fishing, there's also the option to pick Unknown or select all of the types listed to see what's local to you.


Once a profile has been created, caregivers can look on the map to find local fishing spots nearby. When users click on a fishing spot, they find a list of recent catches that have been logged by other users in the app. The detailed information on recent catches includes the size and type of fish.

Fishing offers senior clients a way to get outdoors before summer ends and engage in some light physical activity to keep moving as they age. Meanwhile, caregivers may find that fishing brings significant stress relief and being outdoors provides a calming environment. The FishBrain app shares local fishing spots and tips with caregivers.


When users first open the FishBrain app, they need to create a basic profile including the type of fishing that particularly interests them and the types of fish they'd like to catch. If you're new to fishing, there's also the option to pick Unknown or select all of the types listed to see what's local to you.


Once a profile has been created, caregivers can look on the map to find local fishing spots nearby. When users click on a fishing spot, they find a list of recent catches that have been logged by other users in the app. The detailed information on recent catches includes the size and type of fish.


Once a profile has been created, caregivers can look on the map to find local fishing spots nearby. When users click on a fishing spot, they find a list of recent catches that have been logged by other users in the app. The detailed information on recent catches includes the size and type of fish.


As users log their own catches, they can look back at their previous trips and photos of fish that they've already caught. Users can also look at fish that other users have caught recently on the feed area of the app. Caregivers should remember to bring plenty of water and sunscreen should they decide to go fishing with a senior client. Also note any potential heat advisories in the area.


Unfortunately, while the app shares detailed fish types and bait to be used at various spots, it lacks actual information about the parks themselves. Caregivers will need to look up hours, parking information and any local park regulations themselves.


The FishBrain 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

Prevent Onset of Dementia Through Brain Games

The onset of dementia can come quickly and be incredibly scary for a senior client and their families. Luckily, frequent exercise of the brain helps keep the mind sharp and prevent onset of dementia, or at least lengthen the time before onset. The Wordbrain app provides caregivers with a game for their senior clients to exercise their minds on a regular basis. 

The premix of the Wordbrain app is for users to find scrambled letters on a game board to create a word below. For example, if a board has the letters S, O, P and T on a board, users need to swipe across the letters in the correct order to spell a word. However, these four letters spell out several words, such as STOP, TOPS, POTS and SPOT.

Users must swipe through the various combinations until they find the specific word the app is looking for. At first this may seem frustrating because the first word you swipe may not register as the answer. But this truly forces senior clients to work through all the possibilities and keeps their brains engaged as they move the letters around to find various combinations instead of simply the first one that pops into their head. 

If users get stuck, there's an option to ask for a hint which will help by displaying the first letter of the word in the box below. Users also have the option to hit the button with two arrows in a circle below, which will shuffle the letters in the boxes above to give a new order and help visualize them in a different way. 

As users play, their "Brain Size" within the app grows and accordingly the puzzles get more difficult. The app offers different levels names after types of insects. Users begin in the Ant level and work their way up to unlock the Spider level. Users also have the ability to use their own creativity and create a puzzle to stump their family and friends.

Senior caregivers and their clients could play on this app together and create puzzles for one another to try and beat. Once a user creates a puzzle, they are given a unique code that corresponds with it. When they share that code, all their senior caregiver needs to do is type it in the designated area on the home screen and they're given the puzzle their senior client created for them to solve. 

The Wordbrain 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

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