Morning Yoga App Starts Caregivers Off With Relaxing Exercises

Getting out of bed in the morning can be difficult, especially when you know a stressful day lies ahead. For caregivers, taking time for stress relief can help improve overall health and well-being. The Yoga Wake Up app helps caregivers start the day with meditation and some light exercise before they head off to work.

When caregivers open the Yoga Wake Up app, it takes them to a home screen with several options. Users can choose between browsing free morning wakeups, looking at different teacher and studio profiles, or selecting a program from different categories, such as From Bed, Get Up, Meditations or For Kids.

One of the most popular programs is called Rise & Shine. A mat is recommended for it, but caregivers can make do at home without one. It's only 9 minutes and 12 seconds long, so it won't take up too much time in the morning before caregivers have to get ready for work. An instructor tells users what to do at every point of the program, and they can start in bed. He gives instructions on when to inhale and exhale, as well as when to change physical positions.


If caregivers would like to learn more about the  instructor, they can click on his or her name on the course screen to be taken to their personal website. When caregivers find a wakeup that they like, they can set it to play in the morning in place of an alarm. It needs to be downloaded to the user's phone to work in this way, and it will take up about 15 mb of space.

The Community tab in the app also shows posts from other users, mostly centered around healthy living. Many center around recipes and meditation tips, which caregivers may find useful in addition to the wakeups.

The Yoga Wakeup 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

Caregivers Build Tracks for Stress Relief in Meditation App

For senior caregivers, stress relief plays a large part in overall wellness. Caregiving can be a high-stress job, and caregivers might feel burnt out over time if they don't properly manage that stress. Effective methods of stress-relief include exercise, reading, taking a day off or meditation. The Meditapes app offers caregivers a tool to aid in meditation whenever they have time and wherever they are.

When caregivers first download and open the app, they must immediately decide between two soundboards. One features Keys and the other Drums. The Keys promise calming background noise, while the Drums offer deep, soft percussive sounds to help improve focus. In the paid version, caregivers can also pick between Cello and Guitar.


Once users have selected a soundboard, they can begin creating their meditative track. The app is entirely interactive. Caregivers are presented with a screen displaying gradient colors, and they can build their own track by tapping anywhere on it. With each tap, the app places a different tone and type of sound in place for a beat. It will play it repeatedly, and then caregivers can hit other places on the screen to add to the existing repeating track. A narrow circle is also created on the screen when you tap, and as the note plays out and gets softer, the circle expands. It adds a nice visual to the meditative experience. 

Users can also change the type of drum being used on the track. The options include Cali Coast, Carribean Coast, Catskills, Great Lakes and more. Each one changes the overall tone of the track, and it offers a way to change up the tracks use by use. 

Caregivers can listen to their audio creation on a loop for as long as they'd like. So they can create a track, and then sit or lay down with their eyes closed for a few minutes and listen to the track to destress at the end of a long day. When users close out of the track they're listening to, a screen pops up with a slider asking the user to rate their mood. The scale uses a simple smiling or frowning face to represent the mood options. 

If caregivers create a track that they like a lot, they also have the option to save it for future listening or to share it with a friend. The Share option pre-populates an e-mail that caregivers can easily send to others to download the app. 

The Meditapes 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

Interior Design App Provides Caregiver Stress Relief This Summer

With summer almost here, caregivers should take the time to do something they enjoy for stress relief. While outdoor activities are fun, it may be difficult for senior clients to spend long periods of time in the sun. But caregivers and their clients may tire of their usual indoor activities. Interior design can be a fun but expensive hobby. Luckily for senior caregivers, the Design Home app offers users the ability to virtually design several rooms without spending a dime.

When caregivers first download the app, they need to create an account to play the different design games. This includes creating a public username. Once your account has been set up, it's time to start designing a room!

The app gives each user a set amount of "money" that they can spend on virtual furniture and accessories for the spaces. In each room, caregivers will see blue circles and purple circles with an icon of the furniture type. For example, in the living room there may be an icon of a couch, another of a coffee table, and one for a floor lamp. Selecting an item for every blue circle is mandatory, while the purple circles are optional items.

When caregivers click on an icon, the bottom half of the screen will pull up the different options in that category. Users can browse the options and see their prices. Most categories have 6-8 items to pick between if that piece of furniture is required. For optional categories, there may only be one item, such as a set of magazines to place on top of the coffee table. 


When caregivers tap on an item, it shows a preview of what it will look like in the room. Caregivers can tap through all of the different options, and then when they find an item they like, they can click "buy." This will place the item in the room and also add it to your collection of furniture to add to other rooms. Users can also borrow items from friends who use the app.

Once caregivers are satisfied with the design of their room, they can click finish. This will enter them into the app-wide competition for the best room design. Caregivers may also be shown other users' designs and be asked to vote on which design they prefer.

The Home Design 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

Free Reading App Offers Caregivers Reading Material for Summer

With Memorial Day Weekend behind us marking the unofficial start of summer, now is a good time for caregivers to relax a little. Good activities for stress relief include exercise, meditation or spending time on a hobby. One key hobby caregivers can revisit this summer is reading for pleasure. The Scribd app offers access to free books for caregivers to read directly on their phones.

When users first download and open the Scribd app, they first need to create an account. New users can sign up for a free trial for the first 30 days of access. Then, it costs $8.99 per month.

After creating an account, the app asks you to scroll through a variety of book categories on the screen and select a few that interest you. They are broken up by sub-catergory too to help caregivers find the categories relevant to them. Options include Career & Money, Science & Tech, Health & Fitness, Lifestyle, Personal Growth, Entertainment, etc.

The app will automatically add these selections to your personal library. It will also then uses these selections to provide personalized recommendations to you in the future. On the homepage of the app, users will see a Browse section and a Recommended section. The Browse area is organized by genre, while the Recommended section instead displays items from a mixture of genres. Once three or more categories are selected, the app will build a list of personal recommendations for the user.

The app will actually break down recommendations into books, audiobooks and magazines. Caregivers can scroll through the covers and titles to select the ones they'd like to read. Once caregivers find a book they're interested in, they can click on the cover to start reading it immediately, or to save it for later.


Once caregivers find a few items they'd like to read, they can locate them in the Library area of the app. It shows the book cover and then if users click on that, it takes them to the full text. 

Caregivers can scroll through and read the book, and then when they've finished a reading session, the app will save their spot so they can pick up at a later time. Users can also create lists of titles they'd like to read to share or to keep private. Caregivers could create a list of titles they're interested in, and another of books they might like to share with a senior client.

The Scribd app is available for Apple or 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 Keep Up With News, Entertainment Using Podcast App

Senior caregivers often have busy schedules, so it may be difficult to find time to decompress and watch something funny or catch up on the latest news. For those caregivers, podcasts offer a way to listen to the latest while driving, cooking dinner or getting ready for bed. The Breaker app provides podcast recommendations and subscription management for caregivers.

When users first download the app, they need to create an account. Caregivers can choose to attach it to their Facebook or Twitter profile, or use their email address to do so. Then, the app will take them through set-up, which includes following any existing users who users might already know. 

Then the app brings users to the subscription section where they can search and subscribe to their favorite podcasts. When users subscribe to a podcast, then they will receive updates every time a new episode is released.

For caregivers who may not have listened to podcasts before downloading the app, the Discover section will come in handy. This displays some of the more popular podcasts and brief descriptions of them. If caregivers see a podcast they'd like to learn more about on the list, then they can click on the name to read the full description and see the available episode titles. 

Podcasts topics range from in-depth journalism to fiction series to everyday people discussing their passions. Unfortunately, the Breaker app doesn't have an option within the Discover section to sort or browse by topic, or to search by keyword for a topic. However, if caregivers would like to listen to a show on a particular topic, they could search the iTunes Store and then subscribe to it in the app once they've selected a show. 

Caregivers can see all of the shows they've subscribed to on the Subscriptions tab in the app. Here they can see all of the episodes and download them directly in the app if they're connected to wifi.


Caregivers might enjoy selecting a program to listen to with their senior clients, or they might enjoy listening to something funny at the end of a long day for some stress relief. 

The Breaker 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

Audiobook App Provides Caregiver Stress Relief

For caregivers, stress relief com an come in many forms. Going for a peaceful walk, doing yoga or taking a nice bath all provide much needed relief. But for caregivers on the go, stress relief could take another form. The Audible app allows caregivers to download audiobooks to listen to in order to relieve stress.

The Audible app requires a monthly membership in order to purchase books. However, caregivers can sign up for a free trial and receive 30 days for free on the platform.

Once caregivers sign up for a free trial, they will have a free credit in their account to purchase an audiobook. Caregivers can search for a specific book by title or author, or they can browse books by categories or in the featured section. Categories to browse include sci-fi & fantasy, romance, history, and business.

When users find a title they'd like to download, they can do so in the app and the free credit will be applied. Then, caregivers can find all of the books they've downloaded in the My Library section of the app. Books can be stored in the cloud, or they can be downloaded on the device for users to listen to. Caregivers can download books to listen to with their senior clients, too.


The Audible 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

Health App Tracks Activity for Caregiver Stress Relief

The job of a caregiver can be unpredictable and stressful. One of the most important considerations for maintaining a healthy lifestyle comes with managing that stress. Caregivers have several options when it comes to stress relief: meditation, exercise and sleep all contribute to wellness. For caregivers with Apple phones, the built-in Health app automatically tracks steps so caregivers can gauge their daily activity. 

You probably don't realize the number of steps that you take each day. For caregivers especially, who might be crossing a room several times a day to get things for their senior clients, 15 steps here and 20 steps there add up fairly quickly. The Health app uses GPS data to track how far your phone moves, and with it, how many steps and miles you walk in a day. Caregivers with Apple phones don't even need to download anything to use this function; it comes pre-installed on the phone and tracks movement automatically. 

When caregivers open the app, they are greeted with a dashboard that shows the number of flights of stairs climbed, number of steps and walking + running distance average for the week. If caregivers also have a device such as a Fitbit that tracks calories and other fitness data, they can connect that with the Health app to produce more data, such as exercise minutes or workouts. 

For each category presented, caregivers can click to see more historical data and compare charts over time. For example, clicking on walking + running distance will show all of the daily data for the week, month or year and display bar graphs across the top to illustrate the data. It will also show your average distance overall. The comparison charts help caregivers realize when they might have a week or month that's particularly low so that they can adjust their routine to add in more exercise.


Consider setting a daily step or distance goal for yourself, or maybe even for you and your senior client if they feel like going for a walk. For senior clients, regular movement helps keep their joints active, even if it's just a leisurely stroll around the block. For senior caregivers, walking or running even an extra mile every day can help relieve stress. 

The Health app comes pre-installed on all Apple products. 

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

-Paige Krzysko

Establish New Habits and Track Progress Using App

They say the key to forming a new habit is repetition. Once you've completed a task several times, it becomes part of your daily or weekly routine. For senior caregivers, habits might include working out for 30 minutes a day, checking in with the family of a senior client or something as small as checking in on finances once a week. The Habitify app allows senior caregivers to keep track of new and existing habits. 

When users first download the app, they need to create a profile to keep track of their progress. The app offers the option to sign up using e-mail or an existing Facebook account. Then, users see the home screen of the app, which will be blank. To create new habits, caregivers simply need to click the button with a plus sign at the bottom of the screen. 

To create a new goal, caregivers need to give it a name, select how often it should repeat, a starting date and designate if they'd like a reminder to complete the task. Tasks can be repeated on a daily basis, specific days or non-specific days. For specific days, caregivers need to pick which days of the week the habit should be completed on. For non-specific days, caregivers need to pick how frequently the habit should happen each week, i.e. 3 times a week. 


The home screen of the app then displays all of the habits created and a bar across the top allows caregivers to click between days and see which habits need to be completed on each day. When users complete a task, they can click on it, select Done and then a blue check mark will appear next to it in the app. 

Having a list of habits to complete on a regular basis can help caregivers manage the stressors in their daily life. By seeing a list of habits and regularly check them off, caregivers can more easily establish a pattern and the to-do list may seem less overwhelming. The free version of the app limits the number of habits that can be entered to only three, but if caregivers would like more then they can upgrade to the paid version of the app.

The Habitify 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 

Take a Meditation Break for Stress Relief Using Guided App

As we come into the fall and winter months, the days get shorter and the weather gets worse. As this happens, it's easy to hole up indoors and focus on the stressors of daily life. For caregivers in particular who work in high-stress environments, taking the time to break the routine and relieve stress remain key. The Headspace app offers guided meditation to help caregivers take care of their mental health. 

The Headspace home screen displays different levels of meditation for caregivers to work through in the free version of the app. The levels also display how long that particular guided meditation will last for. Once a user selects the first session they would like to complete, the app opens an introduction animation explanation of how to best complete the meditation. 

As the intro to the meditation mentions, the most important aspect to having a successful meditation is finding a location where you will be undisturbed for the duration. Perhaps in the morning before you leave for work, immediately when you arrive home from work or right before bed would work well. Or, maybe your senior client would be interested in completing a guided meditation session with you. 

The actual session is an audio recording with a man explaining how to relax for the meditation. He explains how to sit and breathe in addition to what to focus on as you meditate. He moves slowly through the instructions, making them easy to follow and comply with. Caregivers with no meditation experience should find this a nice introduction. 

As caregivers complete more meditations, they can also visit the Series area of the app. Here users will see different categories of guided meditation, such as Sport, Health and Relationships. Each category has sub-categories of guided meditations for specific topics. For example, under Health there are meditations for Depression, Self-Esteem, Stress and Anxiety.  

The Singles library likewise contains individual meditations around more focused topics, such as Fear of Flying or Commuting. The meditations in this category last anywhere from 2 to 60 minutes, depending on the topic. Both the Series and the Singles meditations require a subscription to the app after having completed the first 10 free meditations. If caregivers find that the into meditations were helpful and a specific topic sticks out to them, they might want to consider subscribing to the service. 

The Headspace 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 

Stay Fit into the Fall Using Yoga App

Summer is almost gone, and with fall comes the tendency to spend more time indoors and sedentary. For senior caregivers, regular exercise can provide much-needed stress relief. Yoga offers a chance to get moving and improve flexibility while staying indoors. The Simply Yoga app teaches caregivers how to do complete different yoga exercises. 

When caregivers first open the Simply Yoga app, they will find a very basic home screen. One detriment to the app is the lack of labels on the home screen. Across the top, there are simply selections between 20, 40 or 60 minutes and underneath that numbers representing difficulty level. When users select a length and a difficulty number, the video program begins. 

The video introduces a pose by saying the name, describing the pose and how to effectively move your body to complete the pose. Poses in the program include Mountain Pose, Sun Salutation and Chair Pose. Users have the ability to move forward and backwards between the different poses using the buttons at the bottom of the screen, so if they miss part of the instructions they can listen again. 


In the background as the narrator talks, the app also plays background noise of waves in an ocean. This, along with the tone of the narrator's voice, is meant to help calm the user as they complete the exercises. In the settings area of the app, caregivers can turn this ocean waves sound on or off, as well as the pose sound and instructions sound within the app. 

The settings area of the app also offers a reminder day and time for notifications to complete a workout. Caregivers can complete these exercises in their living room, or with a senior client in their living room. Remember to use a mat, particularly if you should be exercising on a hardwood floor or a similar rough surface. 

For senior clients, yoga can offer a low-impact way to keep moving and improve flexibility. However, always check with their doctor before starting a new exercise plan and don't force any poses that might be too challenging for them. Participating in a yoga program together also gives you a chance to bond with your senior clients. 

The Simply Yoga app is available for Apple and Android platforms. While the interface itself leaves something to be desired in design, the videos themselves make for useful beginner educational tools. 

 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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