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 


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

Vision Test App Detects Potential Eyesight Issues: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

Senior caregivers know that aging often brings about changes in physical abilities. Identifying issues with vision can help prevent falls and other incidents attributed to seniors not being able to see properly. The Vision Test app allows caregivers to give their senior clients basic at-home tests to assess their vision and determine if a certain issue should be raised at their client's next appointment with their eye doctor.

There are several tests within the app itself- the first being the basic letter chart that comes to mind as soon we think of the eye doctor. Other tests include astigmatism, duochrome, colour test and distance test (for iPad users). The tests ask the user to hold their phone at an arms length from their body and then to cover the left eye and answer the question presented, then repeat the test with their right eye covered. 

If an area of concern is raised when the user receives their instant test results, they can easily go into the Optician Finder section of the app and search for a nearby eye doctor to make an appointment with. The app is not meant to stand in for attending an eye doctor, only to help caregivers and their senior clients recognize problem areas and come prepared to their appointments. 

Poor vision can lead to a greater risk of falling for seniors due to a blurred or unfocused view of their surroundings. Some issues can be fixed by prescribing glasses or contacts, while others may require eyedrops or laser surgery. 

 

The app name is Vision Test and it is available for free 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

 

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