Sleep Better Using Natural Sleep Cycle App

Waking up in the morning after sleeping the whole night and feeling tired anyways feels like you've been cheated by nature somehow. Understanding your natural sleep cycles along with the proper amount of sleep you should get in a night helps senior caregivers feel more refreshed and prepared for the day. The Sleep Time app provides users with the ability to set an alarm to wake them up during the lightest part of their sleep cycle. 

When caregivers first create an account, the Sleep Time app tracks their sleeping patterns for the first few nights and establishes when the user is in their deepest sleep. The app uses movement detected by the phone to help determine this so users need to keep their phone on their mattress. The alarm portion of the app is set for a half an hour window. The app determines when you are in your lightest sleep cycle within that half an hour and wakes you up gradually then. 

A main page displays the current time and the alarm options for users to choose from. Users indicate if they've had caffeine, ate late, worked out, had a stressful day, consumed alcohol or are not sleeping in their bed before setting their alarm so the app can make informed conclusions about their sleep cycle. 

To help users who live in noisy environments fall asleep peacefully at night, the Soundscapes feature provides noise such as Gentle Waves for a user selected period of time. Additional Soundscape options are available in the paid version of the app. Users also may adjust volume level and settings such as whether or not to start a Soundscape when the alarm is set. 

Getting enough sleep contributes to stress relief as well as mental and physical wellness. For caregivers in particular, taking time to unwind and get full rest every night plays a big part in maintaining a stressful lifestyle. If you're having issues sleeping through the night or waking up tired regularly, try to avoid caffeine and other stimulants too close to bedtime. 

The Sleep Time 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

Facebook Paper App Connects Caregivers with Friends and News: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

As a leading social network, Facebook connects us with out loved ones no matter how close or far away they may be. Last week, to celebrate their 10 year anniversary as a company, they launched the Facebook Paper app to combine the Facebook newsfeed with the world of online news. 

Caregivers can use Facebook to help their senior clients connect with their loved ones. Whether a caregiver helps a senior client run their own profile or simply adds a few of their senior clients' relatives on their own profile, they can use Facebook Paper to share updates and pictures just in time for Valentine's Day. Senior clients may be missing their friends and family around this holiday if they're not nearby, so using social media to write a little message and see a few pictures can help them feel the love.

The layout of Facebook paper offers clean and simple browsing. When new users log in for the first time, the app requests that they choose which categories they would like included in the app and the order of importance. The categories include Headlines, Pop Life, Tech, Cute, Flavor, etc. The various options give Facebook Paper the feel of a customizable magazine. Users first see their regular Facebook newsfeed stories from their friends when they log in. Then, if they swipe from right to left, they are taken to their highest rank category, such as Headlines, to read the latest in that area. The stories come from popular and reputable sources, such as TIME and CNN International. As users continue swiping from right to left, they browse through more categories of their choosing.

For the newsfeed section of the app, Facebook will display various recent pictures across the top half of the screen in a slideshow fashion. This gives your senior clients the opportunity to easily view photos shared by their loved ones without having to go directly to their profiles. Senior clients can also set up their own category preferences for the rest of the tabs in the app. One recommended category that's fun and light is the Cute category, which features adorable photos of small animals. Who doesn't love a cute baby elephant? 

 

The Facebook Paper app is available for free for Apple platforms.

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

-Paige Krzysko

Brightnest App Provides Tips for Living Healthier, Cleaner, Savvier Lifestyle: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

Making small changes here and there in daily routines can add up to a must greater quality of life for senior caregivers. When it comes to cleaning, home maintenance and health, living well doesn't necessarily need to be difficult or time consuming. The Brightnest app offers tips and tricks for projects and daily routine changes to make life easier and more efficient. 

The user experience in the app begins with a series of questions upon account set up- do you have kids or pets in the house, do you maintain a yard or keep a garage or an attic in order and what categories would you like to see tips in? The tips are divided into healthy, clean, green, handy, savvy, creative and hungry. Choosing more categories will yield more results, but selecting all seven may yield too many tips to scroll through and keep up with on a regular basis. 

One of the best categories for senior caregivers to track may be the clean category, which provides information on how to do household chores such as effectively clean out the refrigerator and organize a closet. The handy category delves a little deeper to share information about how to maintain a clean refrigerator and defrost a freezer or reset a circuit breaker. These tips prove particularly useful for caregivers who assist in home maintenance for their senior clients. Signing up for the app also provides the option for weekly e-mail updates featuring four creative and handy home tips. 

Other categories include creative ways of organizing, such as storing home supplies in mason jars, or examples of how to kill two birds with one stone and turn home cleaning into a workout. The layout of the app is clean and simple which makes it easy to navigate and the menu of tips shows exactly how much time each project will take to complete, ranging from 5 minutes to 60 minutes. 

 

 

This app is available for free for Apple platforms.

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

-Paige Krzysko

Yoga Program App Provides Guided Programs for Improved Caregiver Health: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

Meditation and exercise provide mental and physical well being for senior caregivers and their senior clients. Even though it can seem challenging to find time to fit yoga into a caregiver's routine, relieving stress and maintaining health is important. The Yoga With Janet Stone app outlines free meditation programs and yoga for flexibility and strength.

Meditation offers a chance for caregivers to relieve stress and let go of any anxious or negative emotions of a day. This app offers a variety of guided meditation programs ranging in focus from centering your morning to prepare for a day to finding calm and letting go of recent stress. The creator of the app, Janet Stone, guides all of the programs herself through in app videos. When a user selects a program, the app downloads the associated video which shows Stone in a yoga studio performing the meditation as she speaks the user through it. The audio combines her voice over with calming music to set an appropriate mood for the meditations.

Similarly, the yoga programs offer guided video for the user to replicate the movements at home. The two core program options focus on yoga for strength and yoga for flexibility, both of which lend themselves to improved overall health. Caregivers can share the basic yoga programs with their senior clients to improve their flexibility and agility as they age. The yoga videos clearly explain how to perform the movements while showing Stone onscreen moving into the various positions herself. This makes it easy for users new to yoga to replicate the actions and understand how they affect overall strength and flexibility. The yoga programs range from beginning to advanced and combine a series of poses to range in time from 17 minutes to an hour.
 

This app is available for free for Apple platforms. 

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

-Paige Krzysko

Alive and Well App Provides Wellness Tips to Support New Years Resolutions: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

 

The beginning of a new year brings New Years Resolutions to improve our lives. Eating healthier, exercising and keeping better track of budgets rank among the more common resolutions. Senior caregivers can incorporate wellness into their daily lives in 2014 using the Alive and Well app, which offers resources and tips to develop an overall healthy lifestyle. 

The home screen of the app shares a "Health Tip of the Day" which range from a suggested food to include in your diet to explaining the correlation between aging and lifestyle. To ensure healthy aging, the tip suggests seniors exercise and maintain a healthy diet. The app also features coupons and specials for the Alive and Well store, which is based in Ohio. Users can purchase items at the physical location or online for shipment if they live in a different part of the country. They offer gluten free, organic and vegan items for caregivers or their senior clients who may have dietary restrictions. 

Another portion of the app breaks down recipes into user-friendly categories such as Time Savers, Easy, Elegant Entrees, Macrobiotic, Delectable Desserts and Low Fat & Low Calorie. Once you select a category, you can browse through all the recipes until you find one that suits your needs. There is a vast variety of recipes featured- from Curried Split Pea Soup to Sauerkraut and Tempeh Skillet.

The various parts of the app connect well together and allow the overall user experience to flow. Even though the app is created by a store, it features wellness first and advertising for their products as a secondary thought, which leaves the main focus on living a healthy lifestyle.

 

The Alive and Well 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

Breast Cancer Awareness Apps Display Self Check Methods: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

In case you're wondering why you've been seeing pink everywhere for the past two weeks, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Early detection in breast cancer can mean the difference between surviving the disease or losing the battle. Two specific apps put out by the Keep A Breast Foundation and the National Breast Cancer Foundation focus on helping women learn how to perform self examinations properly and set reminders on a monthly basis to do so. 

Women of all ages should perform a monthly self examination of their breasts to check for lumps as well as attend regularly scheduled mammograms and doctor appointments. A large percentage of senior caregivers and their senior clients are women, so caregivers can use these apps to educate themselves and their senior clients on the detection signs for the disease. Both apps offer instructions on how to perform a self exam but differ in other features. Caregivers can look at the instructions in both and determine which best meets their individual needs.

The Keep a Breast Foundation app offers detailed cartoon diagrams to show visually how to perform the exam. It also gives caregivers the opportunity to set a monthly reminder to perform their self examination. By checking monthly, women are more likely to recognize if something changes in the future so they can bring it up with a medical professional. 

The National Breast Cancer Foundation app offers descriptions of a few different ways to do the exam, so users can pick whichever they are most comfortable with. It also features a Breast Cancer Clinic finder using a caregiver's current location so that a caregiver may schedule an appointment if they need to. There is also an option to donate to the Foundation from within the app.

 

Both apps are free. The Keep a Breast App is available for Apple and Android platforms. The National Breast Cancer Foundation 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

App Developed by Florida Hospitals Promotes "Healthy 100 Habits" for Aging: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

Senior caregivers often work with clients to allow them to age in place with some outside support. Florida Hospitals developed a website and an accompanying smartphone app to support healthy aging among seniors by encouraging living to a "Healthy 100" years old. The website boasts 8 secrets to healthy aging, starting with making a choice to improve your health and including looking at how your environment, activity, nutrition, relationships, etc. affect health. A longevity calculator section asks basic questions about your health and family health history, nutritional habits, stress, etc. along with age, activity level and stress level to estimate how old you will live to be with your current habits. It provides personal recommendations to improve quality of life for healthy aging. 

The app is intended to be used in conjunction with the website to track new habits you decide to create based on the results of your longevity calculator test. Taking into consideration how stressful caregiving can be as a profession, one new habit for caregivers might be to "use stress relieving techniques 3 times per week." Stress relief takes various forms for different people, but some suggestions include stretching, going for a casual walk or focusing on relaxing images. The app contains 100 suggestions for new habits, but users can easily make up their own custom habits as well.

Caregivers can create new goals and log when they actively work towards completing existing goals in the app. As an added bonus, the Healthy 100 website offers the chance for Florida residents to get a free rewards card for special deals with local businesses to help support their health goals. 

 

The app is free for Apple and Android platforms. 

"Over 40% of the decisions we make each day are based on habit. Without a plan, it is difficult to create lasting change to live to a Healthy 100 years of age. The Healthy 100 Habits app provides the structure to hold yourself accountable so you can create the life you desire."

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 to 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 Stress Relief Photo of the Week

Caregivers employed with senior care companies know the realities of caregiver stress. Caregiverlist invites all family caregivers and professional caregivers to take a moment for relaxation with our photo of the week and inspirational quote. This week's photo features palm trees as a reminder for caregivers to take a moment to enjoy their sunny days. Thank you 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.

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Calorie Tracking App Helps Monitor Nutrition: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

Counting calories and monitoring nutrients for daily food intake often seems to be much easier said than done. For senior caregivers looking to monitor their own nutrition or that of a senior client, the My Fitness Pal app offers an ideal platform to track foods and their nutritional content right on their smartphone.

 

The My Fitness Pal application matches up with the My Fitness Pal website, and foods and exercise can be logged on either platform. When you first set up your My Fitness Pal account, it will ask for basic information about yourself- or your senior client, if that is who you will be using the application for. The target daily calorie intake will be factored off of the weight, height, age, activity level and weight goal (lose weight, maintain weight, etc.) entered for the account.

 

Once an account is established, you can log food for that particular day. Your target number of calories will appear on your home screen, and as you log food, it will subtract from that number and tell you how many calories you have left for that day. It also measures fat, sugar and sodium intake, making it easy to recognize and correct excess. The database of foods includes many popular restaurants as well as the option to search a generic food item or create your own entry if you know the calories in your meal. 

 

Users also have the ability to log exercise with the application, which in turn adjusts the number of calories allotted for that day to account for calories burned during activity.  

 

The application is available for iPhone and Android and is described below:

 

“Lose weight with MyFitnessPal, the fastest and easiest-to-use calorie counter for Android/iPhone. With the largest food database of any Android/iPhone calorie counter (over 3,000,000 foods), and amazingly fast food and exercise entry, we’ll help you take those extra pounds off! There is no better diet app – period.”

 

App Name: My Fitness Pal

 

Cost: Free


Download the application for Apple or Android products.
 

 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help to 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 Stress Relief Photo of the Week

Caregivers employed with senior care companies know the realities of caregiver stress. Caregiverlist invites all family caregivers and professional caregivers to take a moment for relaxation with our photo of the week and inspirational quote. This week take a trip to Naples, Florida to see one of a kind sunset. Thank you 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.

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