Caregiver Stress and Anxiety Management Using App

Caregiving provides a heavy stress load between caring for senior clients and managing the other aspects of daily life. Caregivers might find that they occasionally feel anxious over their responsibilities, so the Pacifica app provides a tool to track daily mood and help aide relaxation. 

When users first create an account with Pacifica, the app presents three options for an initial goal. Users can ether aim to feel less anxiety throughout the day, feel less anxiety in social situations or reduce anxiety attacks. Once a goal is established, the app takes users through a guided tutorial and set up of the app. Each day, the app sends mood reminder notifications for a users to select how they feel. It uses a sliding scale from "Awful" to "Great" and offers more descriptive words such as "Lonely" or "Inspired" for users to choose from below. The mood tracker allows users to see the fluctuations or patterns of how they feel over the weeks. Tracking mood around the same time every day can help caregivers notice when they feel particularly stressed or anxious and better prepare to deal with what causes that. 

The main area of the app provides Daily Activities for caregivers to complete. The main activity is "Relax" for daily meditation. It guides users through a set of breathing exercises with calming noises in the background. The deep breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth counteracts the short, shallow breathing that occurs with anxiety. Caregivers can use the exercises in the morning or at night to prepare for the upcoming day or let go of the stress from a long day before bed. 

Other features include Thought Analysis, which allows users to record their thoughts when their mind is racing and helps users recognize the thought patterns that contribute to their anxiety. The Daily Experiments area provides small suggestions for actions to accomplish longer term goals when it comes to facing anxiety. 

The Pacifica 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

Organize and Prioritize To Do Lists and Tasks In One App

Caregivers have a lot to balance between caring for their senior client and taking care of their personal lives. Particularly for caregivers who work with multiple senior clients, remembering and prioritizing every task can be difficult. The Centrallo app offers an organizational tool for important e-mails, to do lists, notes, etc. 

When users first launch the Centrallo app, it takes a minute to tap around and figure out all the different categories and how all the information is stored within. The first area within the app works as an inbox for important e-mails and information. When a user thinks of something they'll need to remember later on the go, they can create a new inbox note for later viewing. Every note and list item within the app offers the ability to attach a picture, an outside file or even a voice memo. Unlike other organizational apps, this feature allows users to store all pertinent information and files in one to do note and prioritize it for later use. For senior caregivers in particular, this app gives the ability to store an important document needed for a doctor's visit electronically or snap a photo while out and about to later share with a senior client's loved ones.

The other main area of the app consists of lists for users to create and use for themselves or share with others. Senior caregivers could again use this feature to share a to do list with loved ones of a senior client to note that they picked up a prescription but you're taking the client to a doctor's appointment, etc. The list area is slightly counterintuitive in that items cannot be marked as completed by tapping on the circle to the left of each item, but instead by swiping left on the line and selecting the check mark that appears. Once an items has been completed, it stays on the list screen but appears with a strike out line through it. 

Inbox items and list items appear on the priority screen when a user selects the star icon on the individual item. They also appear highlighted in read on the list screen for quick self organization when deciding which task to complete. Overall, the Centrallo app provides an organized way for caregivers to keep track of to do lists, important emails and upcoming appointments. 

The Centrallo 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

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

Summer Evening on Lake Geneva: Caregiver Stress Relief Photo

Just being near the water on a beautiful evening can be relaxing. This week's stress relief photo was taken in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, on a summer evening. Caregiverlisinvites you to enjoy the photo and share it with loved ones. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for caring for our seniors. Remember to take a moment for yourselves. Please refer your friends to apply for part-time and full-time job positions on Caregiverlist.com and visit our career center for additional career tools. Have a great week. 

"I can be changed by what happens to me but I refuse to be reduced by it." -Maya Angelou

 

Seaside Walk in Wales for a Moment of Stress Relief

As summer slips away it is time to savor the late afternoon sun and the golden hue it casts over the world. This week's photo was taken along the southern coast of Wales in Tenby, Pembrokeshire. Caregiverlisinvites you to enjoy the photo and share it with loved ones. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for caring for our seniors. Caregivers employed with senior care companies know the realities of caregiver stress. Senior care training assists caregivers to better manage a senior's care needs and manage caregiver stress. Have a great week. 

"Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up.

Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it."  -Michael Jordan

Daughters More Likely to Care for Aging Parents

“When am I coming to live with you?” she asks almost every time I see her. My elderly mother lives alone and as days pass, it’s becoming apparent that she will soon need more help with her activities of daily living. She refuses to think of moving to assisted living and doesn’t want a “stranger” or a professional caregiver in her home. But a high second floor, and its myriad of stairs, is not elder-friendly. When I ask if she’d entertain the thought of living with my brother, in his one-story house, she looks at me as if I’d grown horns. No, she tells me, I’m the only one she would live with because, after all, I’m her daughter.

A recent study presented at the American Sociological Association's 109th Annual Meeting shows that female siblings are more likely to provide the lion’s share of elder caregiving in the family.

Study author Angelina Grigoryeva, doctoral candidate at Princeton University's Office of Population Research, analyzed data from the 2004 Health and Retirement Survey (HRS) survey of more than 26,000 Americans over the age of 50. The detailed questionnaire asked older Americans which tasks they need help completing, who helps them, and the length of time each person administered help.

The study showed that daughters average 12.3 hours of senior care each month, while sons provide only 5.3 hours.

"In other words," says Ms. Grigoryeva, "daughters spend twice as much time, or almost 7 more hours each month, providing care to elderly parents than sons." And it doesn’t matter if the daughters have their own children to care for, or have employment outside the home. According to Ms. Grigoryeva, daughters provide as much (care) as they can with given constraints, but sons provide less (care) regardless of constraints.

This finding is significant in many ways. First, it shows that while gender equality may be making strides in the workforce and with childcare, inequality is alive and well when it comes to eldercare. And because of the time demands of senior care, woman can suffer in their career opportunities and earnings. Caregivers endure financial burdens, as many caregiving costs are paid for out-of-pocket.

Caregiver health can suffer as well, due to caregiver stress. According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, caregivers struggle finding time for themselves, managing physical and emotional stress, and balancing family and work obligations. The stress has also been shown to result in a higher mortality rate.

So what’s the answer? How do we begin to change the societal view of women as primary caregivers? While sons tend to provide care in the way of physical activities, such as home maintenance, daughters are relied upon to provide emotional and more personal care. What can we do to make the level of care provided more equitable between siblings?

Relaxing Moment Boating by the Palace in London

This week's Stress Relief Photo takes us back to London, England, to the pond near Kensington Palace. People are enjoying a weekend morning with their boats and the beauty of the park. As many of are together with friends and family this Labor Day weekend, remember to savor that time. Enjoy the photo and feel free to share it with loved ones. Thank you caregivers, for all you do. More caregivers are always needed as seniors in America are living longer. You can learn more about becoming a senior caregiver and apply for a job near you. As summer fades away, we hope you enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend. 
 

"Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections."  -Unknown

Adirondack Serenity: Caregiver Stress Relief Photo of the Week

Unspoiled and clean mountain air is good for the soul. This week's photo takes us to the beautiful Blue Mountain Lake in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York.  It is a place to truly get away from it all. Caregiverlist invites all family caregivers and professional caregivers to take a moment to enjoy the photo and inspirational quote, and relieve a bit of the stress that we know is a reality. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for caring for our seniors and please refer your friends to apply for part-time and full-time job positions on Caregiverlist.com and visit our career center for additional career tools. Have a great week.

"Looking at beauty in the world, is the first step of purifying the mind."  -Amit Ray

 

Cool Moment in the Garden: Caregiver Stress Relief Photo of the Week

In the heat of summer, the cool shade in a lush garden are inviting and relaxing.  This week's photo was taken in Kew Gardens, London, England. Caregiverlist invites all family caregivers and professional caregivers to take a moment to enjoy the photo and inspirational quote.  August is often a time when things slow down, and we can take some time to sit back. We understand the realities of caregiver stress. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for caring for our seniors. Senior care training assists caregivers to better manage a senior's care needs and manage caregiver stress.  Have a great week. 
 

"Hope is the thing with feathers.  That perches in the soul.  And sings the tune without the words.  And never stops at all."  - Emily Dickinson

 

Timeful App Managers Caregiver Schedules, Suggests Times for Tasks: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

Senior caregivers lead busy lives between their caregiving duties, children or loved ones they need to care for in their own lives and personal errands. The Timeful app allows users to enter the times of their set tasks, such as work or appointments, into the calendar and then suggests times for the flexible tasks, such as making a phone call or answering e-mails. 

Especially for caregivers who may not work the same hours every week or need to keep track of their senior clients' appointments in additional to personal appointments, scheduling can quickly become complicated. Having a well organized calendar that incorporates appointments and tasks helps relieve caregiver stress because there's less of a chance of forgetting to do something. 

The Timeful app first syncs with all existing calendars on your phone, so if you have a calendar in place through Google calendar or another platform, it will pull all of your appointments from there. Then it asks which one time tasks you would like to accomplish during the day, and it allows you to drag and drop them into the daily calendar around what's already scheduled. 

Caregivers who work varying schedules can enter in their work hours and any other standing personal appointments during a given week, and then select the option offered by the app to exercise three times per week. As a reoccurring feature, each week the app will suggest three times for you to spend a half an hour exercising to keep up with your goal. It also displays all day events at the top of the app and allows you to put a check mark next to tasks once you complete them. 

The Timeful 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

 

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