App Of The Week: GoodReads

Looking for a great app to read, get more suggestions, and rate books?


Look no further and try the app GoodReads it allows you to do all this and it is an award winning app. They offer a variety of suggestion in their “Popular Caregiver Books” section. What’s even better is that there are 20 million members on GoodReads and the app also allows you to read brief descriptions from the people who have read it!



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

Reading App Helps Caregivers Form New Habits in the New Year

In this digital age, with the internet and endless numbers of shows to watch on TV, sitting down and reading a book may seem like an old-fashioned hobby. But reading provides a way for caregivers to relieve stress, and a way for senior clients to keep their minds active to prevent the onset of dementia. Using the Bookout app, caregivers can set goals for how often they'd like to read, track actual minutes spent reading and unlock various achievements. 

To get started with the app, caregivers first should pick a book they're currently reading or are ready to begin reading. For those with digital readers, many libraries offer free access to e-books the same way you can check out a physical book. Users can then search for the specific title of the book they select within the app and it's added to their library with the number of pages. As users read the book, they can log the number of pages read, length of time reading and date. 


These minutes can be logged towards specific monthly goals set within the Goals section of the app. Caregivers can pick either a monthly or a yearly goal for number of hours read. The goals section of the app also offers an alarm setting to remind caregivers to read every day. This feature could be particularly useful for senior clients, who might want to read daily for an hour or two each day to keep their minds active. 

The Stats section of the app provides a look at pages read and time spent reading over time with a line chart. It also shows the number of consecutive days users have logged time reading. Caregivers can easily see their own progress on this tab, with more statistics available if they'd like to upgrade to the paid version of the app. 

The Achievements area of the app offers some fun "badges" associated with reading different categories of books or for different lengths of time. For example, the Fledging badge is earned after completing your first book. Others require more in-depth accomplishments, such as the Worshiper app with requires users to add five quotes they enjoyed from a book to the notes on that book's page. 

The Bookout 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 Provides Customized News for Caregivers On the Go

In today's world of social media, sometimes the number of different sources for daily news can seem overwhelming. Which one shares interesting content on the topics you most care about? For caregivers who work long hours, digging through the depths of the internet to find out may be daunting. The News Republic app offers a one-stop place for caregivers to quickly see news and articles from several sources. 

When users first open the app, it asks them to establish a profile and select topics of interest. Topics range from US News and International to Technology & Science or Entertainment. This gives the app the ability to provide a variety of information while still staying relevant to your interests. 

The homepage of the app offers the Top Stories of the day in the upper left-hand corner, and then shows a different icon for each of the categories selected during set-up. When users click on an icon, it takes them to a dedicated feed that pulls in stories from several different sources. Caregivers can scroll down to browse various headlines and see at the top of each post what the source of the article is.


When a headline strikes a caregiver's interest and they'd like to look closer, they can click on it and read the article within the app instead of needing to navigate to it in their phone's internet browser. After they've read it, the app even gives them the ability to comment, share or react. The options for React include Astonished, Pleased, Indifferent, Worried or Sorry. 

Users can also save articles within the app if they'd like to come back to them at a later time. Caregivers can also choose to get notifications when new stories from their selected topics are added to the app. Caregivers could also set the app up with the interests of their senior client in mind to find and share news with them. 

The Digest section of the app shows the 11 most important articles from across all of your selected topics. This gives caregivers with limited time the ability to quickly open the app and scan the headlines to stay up-to-date without needing to go through their entire timeline. 

The NewsRepublic 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 

App Provides Basics of Braille for Senior Caregivers

Caregivers with clients who have impaired vision may need to coach them extra through specific activities. If a senior client can read Braille, they might be more independent. However, a senior caregiver would benefit from also being able to read basic Braille to help them through daily life when they encounter it. For senior caregivers, the PocketBraille app provides a learning and reference tool. 

The app provides basic categories for learning Braille, such as Alphabet, Numbers and Punctuation. Senior caregivers who want to learn the language might benefit most from sitting down with a notebook, pulling up individual letters and copying the specific symbol repeatedly. The alphabet section includes the symbols for both lower case and upper case letters. 

The app also provides reference for Contracted Braille, which is when one figure stands for a whole word. It breaks these down into One Letter Word Contractions or One Symbol Word Contractions. When people read or write Braille, they simply need to write this one letter or symbol to communicate the whole commonly used word, instead of spelling it out letter by letter. Examples of words represented by contractions include for, his, this, not, etc. 

The app also includes a section focused on Braille History, which explains that Braille was created in 1829, why it's represented as a series of dots and more. According to this section, the use of Braille has subsided in the past 30 years, but plenty of people with vision impairment still use it. 

Senior caregivers don't need to memorize everything in the app, but can rather use it as a reference if a senior client who is new to Braille gets stuck or they want to learn a few basics to read along with their senior client. A phone screen lacks the ability to raise the Braille characters and feel them in the same way a deaf person actually uses them to read. However, the app is useful for those with good vision to pick up the basics. 

The main capability that this app lacks is the ability to attempt to string together whole words. It would be nice if caregivers could practice writing a word or two, even if only to learn how to spell a senior client's name or write a simple sentence. 

The PocketBraille Reference 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 


Book Recommendations and Reading Lists Offered Through App

Reading books can take us to a different fantasy world with dragons and wizards, to a different time period such as Medieval Times or simply into the lives of people like ourselves living now. Books also provide a nice stress reliever for caregivers who need to spend some time unwinding at the end of a long day. The Goodreads app allows senior caregivers to track books they are currently reading, make lists of books they'd like to read and get recommendations for book titles they would likely enjoy. 

The initial profile creation will ask basic questions and for users to rate 20 books that they read previously. Rating books helps the app make quality recommendations based on what a user has liked in the past. Users can scan through provided categories such as Biography, Music, Fantasy, etc. to find titles that they would like to rate. 

The app also features a barcode scan for books using the smartphone camera. Scanning a barcode allows users to then rate the title if read previously, indicate the book as currently reading, or add to the user's individual shelves. The shelves indicate books users would like to read. 

In addition to simply making lists, caregivers can set reading challenges for themselves or for senior clients. Reading serves as a great way for seniors to keep their brain active and help prevent onset of dementia, even if they only read a few chapters of a book each day. Caregivers can help their senior clients set a reading goal for the year, whether it be several books a month or only one book every two months. 

If users would like further reading recommendations beyond the personalized ones in the app, the Best Books of 2014 list is available at the top of the homepage of the app. Users voted on their favorite books in 20 categories and the results are displayed for easy browsing. Any time a user is considering reading a book, they can read not only the publisher's synopsis, but also user reviews about why they did or did not enjoy a particular title. 

The Goodreads 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

Book Recommendations App for Caregiver Stress Relief

Stress relief for senior caregivers plays an important role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. One good way to take your mind off a tough day and relieve stress is to sit down with a good book and read for a while. The GoodReads App asks users to rate books they've already read and suggests similar titles for them to read next. 

When users first create an account, the app asks them to select from existing categories of the types of books they enjoy reading. Popular options include classics, contemporary, fantasy, fiction, non-fiction and young adult.

The next step asks users to rate different titles on a scale of one stars through five stars in the selected genres so the app can get a sense of which books the user enjoys and make suggestions to read next. The more books a user rates, the better matched the suggestions for what to read next become. If users don't rate the suggested 20 titles to start off with, then they can still browse through the most popular titles and fun lists such as "Best Women-authored Books."

Other areas of the app include "My Books," which allows users to keep a running list of titles they've read previously, are currently reading or would like to read in the future, "Scan," which pulls up book info easily with a quick scan of the bar code on the back, and "Challenge," which asks users to set their own 2014 reading goal for number of books they would like to read this year. 

Senior caregivers can use the app to find books for themselves to read for stress relief, whether it's before bed, in a waiting room or on a quick break from caregiving. They can also try sharing book recommendations with their senior clients. If a senior client particularly likes to read, create them their own account on GoodReads and become friends with them on your own profile so you can share recommendations between one another. 

The GoodReads app is available for Apple and 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 relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko

Turn Your Phone's Camera Into a Magnifying Glass for Easy Viewing: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

Pill bottles, newspapers and instructions with products often have small text that can be a strain on the eyes to read. Senior caregivers or their senior clients who have difficulty seeing small print clearly will benefit from the Magnifying Glass With Light app, which uses your smartphone's camera as a magnifying glass to make small print bigger and shine a light if needed.  

While the magnifying app doesn't have the ability to blow up text displayed on the phone itself in other apps or when reading in safari, it does work for any text that the phone camera can be pointed at. The free version of the app features a five time zoom and the ability to turn on or off the phone's flash and adjust the level of brightness to see the text better. Users have a choice between auto settings, which allows the phone to adjust to the optimal way to view the text, or to adjust the settings themselves. 

The paid version of the app boasts extra features such as a "Crystal Clear Mode" that sharpens the text and could come in handy particularly if users are reading a newspaper or another item that may not have sharply printed words or smudged ink. The high contrast mode in the paid version inverts the viewing experience so that if an original document is black text on white paper, the user then sees it as white text on black paper. The paid version also features an image stabilizer so users who inadvertently move around while trying to read don't have to manually focus the camera over and over again. 

The Magnifying Glass With Light app is available for Apple and Andriod 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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