Remember to Pack Everything for a Trip with List App

Nothing takes away the excitement of traveling like realizing that you planned to go for a nice swim but your swimsuit didn't make it into your suitcase before you left. Senior caregivers who help clients pack for a trip in particular have a lot to remember from medications to extra items for comfort such as blankets and pillows. If you or your senior client are planning a trip home for Easter this weekend or taking your own spring break, use the PackPoint app to plan and pack everything you'll need for a stress free trip. 

When users first open the app, it asks for pertinent details about their trip such as destination, date leaving, number of nights you'll be gone and if the trip is for business or leisure. The next screen asks users to select specific activities they might do during their trip, such as gym, camping or fancy dinner. 


For each activity selected, the app generates a pre-existing list of items users could want to use while they do it. For example, the swimming list adds a pool swimsuit, swimsuit coverup, goggles and sandals to the packing list. In addition to the specialty categories, the app generates a list of Essentials and Toiletries categories as part of the overall packing list too. 

Once caregivers pack an item on the list, they can click the circle next to the item and a check mark will appear inside of it. The item also turns grey and shifts to the bottom of the list for an easy visual on what's left to pack. Users also have the option to type additional items into any of the lists. For items such as socks or underwear that need to be refreshed on a daily basis, the app also places a number on the packing list that corresponds with the number of nights you will be traveling. 

The app also offers the ability to sync with Evernote, a notes and to-do list app. If caregivers already use that app, syncing the two together will make keeping track of overall tasks easier. Particularly if you're preparing a senior client for a trip, make sure to cover all bases from a medical perspective and a comfort perspective. Talk to their doctor and pack all necessary medications as well as any medical supplies needed for their regular routine. Additionally, pack outfits that incorporate a lot of layers for unpredictable temperatures and run through their daily routine in your head to pinpoint any other important items they might need. 

The PackPoint 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


Digital Art on Display Using Artsy App

From the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to the Natural Museum of Korea, thousands upon thousands of works of art across various mediums fill galleries worldwide. The Artsy app eliminates the requirement of traveling extensively across the globe to experience museums by placing entire galleries at your fingertips. Senior caregivers can see art as a form of stress relief as well as a way to connect with senior clients. 


When users first download the Artsy app, they are greeted with a homepage featuring a slideshow across the top and featured "Current Shows" below. For its design, the app gives off a modern art museum guide feel with a clean cut black and white navigation area and a single rotating thin black bar when a new page loads. The content-heavy app feels easy to navigate with the static bottom bar listing the different categories. 



The app features almost too many different ways to access content, including search by name or city of the museum, viewing a list of current shows or the top 50 shows of the moment, and browsing the in-app version of the magazine. Caregivers might find it easiest to start with a museum familiar to his/her senior client, such as one near a city where he/she grew up. That way senior clients can share commentary on installations they've seen before in the permanent collections as well as flip through an exhibit they might not be able to visit in person. 


The level of detail within the app is nearly unparalleled. As users delve into the specific exhibits at a particular museum, they will find much of the same descriptive information about a painting that they would from standing next to it in the exhibit. Individual museums have a list and summary of "All Shows" that have been part of the app, specific "Works" featured, items from their "Shop," "Articles" about the installations and "Contact information." 


The level of content may seem overwhelming, but senior caregivers and their clients can make a hobby to "visit" a different city within the app each month. You'll quickly find you've gone on a cultural trot around the globe and through time from the comfort of your own couch. If caregivers create a free account within the app, they can save works and artists to their favorites to revisit later. Senior caregivers could even put together a virtual gallery of a senior client's personal favorites within the app to share with loved ones. 

The Artsy app is available for free 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



Waze Traffic App Eases Stress of Driving: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

The commute to work or driving a senior client to a doctor's appointment can become stressful if you hit unexpected traffic. Senior caregivers can use the Waze app to plan their driving routes before they start the car and minimize their time spent in traffic by picking the best route as displayed on the app in real time. 

The Waze app allows drivers to type in their start and end points and receive directions in the same style as a GPS, but it also shows other users in the area on the map who are in transit and how fast they're traveling. Simply by turning the app on and entering a destination, users share information about their speed and travel time with the app. Using this data, the app determines where the heaviest traffic lies so that it can prepare an accurate estimated time of arrival and the fastest route of travel for users. As seniors must take a new driver's test in some states, once they reach a certain age, this service can be helpful as they prepare for their driving test. Caregiverlist provides a listing of state requirements for senior's driving tests.

Drivers also have the ability to report a traffic jam, an accident, a hazard or a closure at specific spots on the interactive map so caregivers can be prepared for what lies on their route and the directions can offer them an alternate route if necessary. Although the app asks drivers to report these in specific areas when they encounter them, remember to practice safe driving. Make a note of where you encountered the traffic jam or the closure and report it on the map once you arrive at your destination.

For senior caregivers, the Waze app provides an opportunity to avoid extra stress while commuting or while driving with a senior client by more effectively planning a drive before getting behind the wheel. If there's unavoidable heavy traffic, the app will predict how long travel time will be so caregivers can get on the road ten minutes earlier and eliminate stress about being late. 

 

The Waze app is available for free 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

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