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

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

Diabetes Monitoring App for Health Maintenance

Senior caregivers or their senior clients who live with diabetes know how difficult balancing healthy eating with maintaing healthy blood glucose levels can be on a daily basis. The Diabetes in Check app helps users with Type 2 or Pre Diabetes with logging their daily activity and blood glucose levels for health maintenance.  

The app asks basic questions upon account creation, such as what type of diabetes the user is managing: Type 2, Pre-Diabetic, Type 1 or Gestational. A disclaimer states that the app design suits Pre and Type 2 Diabetes but the tracking can be useful in managing the other two types as well. The next question inquires about other health conditions that the user may be managing in conjunction with the diabetes, such as depression or high blood pressure. Then once users enter their activity level, age, weight, height, etc. their profile is complete and they can begin logging daily activity. 

Users can set a weight loss goal in the app. Based on current weight and height, the app will recommend a daily calorie intake as well as a carb count for each meal to help users reach their specified goal. Users can log their meals in the app using frequently added foods or by scanning the bar code on the food item they're eating.

The Recipes area of the app also suggests meals for users to make to fit into their nutritional guidelines for healthy living with diabetes. Additionally, the Food Guide section shares nutritional information on a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, meats, etc. and details how they affect blood sugar levels. Users can quickly search the alphabetized list while comparing meal options. 

The Diabetes in Check app is available for 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

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