Morning Yoga App Starts Caregivers Off With Relaxing Exercises

Getting out of bed in the morning can be difficult, especially when you know a stressful day lies ahead. For caregivers, taking time for stress relief can help improve overall health and well-being. The Yoga Wake Up app helps caregivers start the day with meditation and some light exercise before they head off to work.

When caregivers open the Yoga Wake Up app, it takes them to a home screen with several options. Users can choose between browsing free morning wakeups, looking at different teacher and studio profiles, or selecting a program from different categories, such as From Bed, Get Up, Meditations or For Kids.

One of the most popular programs is called Rise & Shine. A mat is recommended for it, but caregivers can make do at home without one. It's only 9 minutes and 12 seconds long, so it won't take up too much time in the morning before caregivers have to get ready for work. An instructor tells users what to do at every point of the program, and they can start in bed. He gives instructions on when to inhale and exhale, as well as when to change physical positions.


If caregivers would like to learn more about the  instructor, they can click on his or her name on the course screen to be taken to their personal website. When caregivers find a wakeup that they like, they can set it to play in the morning in place of an alarm. It needs to be downloaded to the user's phone to work in this way, and it will take up about 15 mb of space.

The Community tab in the app also shows posts from other users, mostly centered around healthy living. Many center around recipes and meditation tips, which caregivers may find useful in addition to the wakeups.

The Yoga Wakeup 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

Blood Glucose App Helps Caregivers Track Diabetes

According to the American Diabetes Association, in 2012, 9.3% of the population had Diabetes. For senior caregivers with senior clients who have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, managing blood sugar levels may seem like a difficult task. The iGluco app allows senior caregivers to easily track their senior clients' blood sugar levels over time.

When users first download the app, they need to create an account. This includes basic informationc such as name and email address. Then, users need to complete their profile with more detailed information, such as gender, age, height and weight. Then, users need to set up their glucometer to work with the app if they want it to automatically sync with the app. Alternatively, caregivers can manually input the information from readings as they happen or they can upload offline measurements from the device.

To add a new measurement. caregivers first need to enter the blood glucose reading as ml/dL. Then, users need to enter the time of day with detail, such as before or after breakfast, whether or not they took medication or insulin, if they exercised, how many carbs they ate, etc. All of these factors affect blood glucose levels, so more accurate information will help caregivers and health care professionals recognize patterns over time.


Over time, caregivers can view the average results from all of the readings entered. This information includes an average number for blood glucose, the highest and lowest blood glucose readings, and a breakdown of the number of readings considered high, normal and low. This information can be useful for caregivers to share with their senior clients' doctors during regular visits to check in on the daily management of their diabetes.


The Learn area of the app also includes resources to help senior caregivers delve deeper into diabetes management. It includes articles from Diabetes Forecast Magazine, which range from active lifestyle tips and recipes to advice for traveling with diabetes and tricks for remembering to take medication. 

The iGluco 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

Grilling App Helps Caregivers Prep for Holiday Weekend

With the Fourth of July holiday on Tuesday, many caregivers and their senior clients may be planning to celebrate by attending a party or grilling at home with loved ones. While old stand-bys work, the Weber Grill app offers a wide selection of recipes to try this year.

The recipes are the main star of the Weber Grill app. When caregivers first open it, they are greeted with a home screen full of photos of featured recipes, such as California Hamburgers with Guacamole Mayonnaise or Caribbean Swordfish with Mango Salsa. As caregivers scroll down, new recipes continue to populate the screen.

Caregivers can also scroll through categories of recipes by selecting the different icons at the top of the screen. Categories include new recipes, red meat, pork, poultry, seafood, veggies, dessert, etc.

When users see a recipe that they'd like to make, they can click on the photo to see all of the details. At the top, caregivers can see the number of servings it makes, the prep time and the grilling time. As they scroll down, they can also see the ingredients and the cooking instructions for the dish. 


If caregivers want to make a recipe, they can add it to their Grocery List within the app and it will prepopulate with all of the ingredients that they need. Then, when caregivers are at the grocery store, they can easily scroll through the list of ingredients and place a check mark next to the items as they place them in their grocery cart.

The app also includes a built-in timer, so when you place your food on the grill you can easily cook it for exactly the time specified in the recipe. And even more helpful is the Grill Guide area. Here caregivers can pick the type of meat they're cooking, it's approximate thickness and the desired cook, if it's something like beef. Once the info is entered, the app will tell you approximately how long to cook it for to get the desired cook.

The Weber Grill 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

Caregivers Build Tracks for Stress Relief in Meditation App

For senior caregivers, stress relief plays a large part in overall wellness. Caregiving can be a high-stress job, and caregivers might feel burnt out over time if they don't properly manage that stress. Effective methods of stress-relief include exercise, reading, taking a day off or meditation. The Meditapes app offers caregivers a tool to aid in meditation whenever they have time and wherever they are.

When caregivers first download and open the app, they must immediately decide between two soundboards. One features Keys and the other Drums. The Keys promise calming background noise, while the Drums offer deep, soft percussive sounds to help improve focus. In the paid version, caregivers can also pick between Cello and Guitar.


Once users have selected a soundboard, they can begin creating their meditative track. The app is entirely interactive. Caregivers are presented with a screen displaying gradient colors, and they can build their own track by tapping anywhere on it. With each tap, the app places a different tone and type of sound in place for a beat. It will play it repeatedly, and then caregivers can hit other places on the screen to add to the existing repeating track. A narrow circle is also created on the screen when you tap, and as the note plays out and gets softer, the circle expands. It adds a nice visual to the meditative experience. 

Users can also change the type of drum being used on the track. The options include Cali Coast, Carribean Coast, Catskills, Great Lakes and more. Each one changes the overall tone of the track, and it offers a way to change up the tracks use by use. 

Caregivers can listen to their audio creation on a loop for as long as they'd like. So they can create a track, and then sit or lay down with their eyes closed for a few minutes and listen to the track to destress at the end of a long day. When users close out of the track they're listening to, a screen pops up with a slider asking the user to rate their mood. The scale uses a simple smiling or frowning face to represent the mood options. 

If caregivers create a track that they like a lot, they also have the option to save it for future listening or to share it with a friend. The Share option pre-populates an e-mail that caregivers can easily send to others to download the app. 

The Meditapes 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

Interior Design App Provides Caregiver Stress Relief This Summer

With summer almost here, caregivers should take the time to do something they enjoy for stress relief. While outdoor activities are fun, it may be difficult for senior clients to spend long periods of time in the sun. But caregivers and their clients may tire of their usual indoor activities. Interior design can be a fun but expensive hobby. Luckily for senior caregivers, the Design Home app offers users the ability to virtually design several rooms without spending a dime.

When caregivers first download the app, they need to create an account to play the different design games. This includes creating a public username. Once your account has been set up, it's time to start designing a room!

The app gives each user a set amount of "money" that they can spend on virtual furniture and accessories for the spaces. In each room, caregivers will see blue circles and purple circles with an icon of the furniture type. For example, in the living room there may be an icon of a couch, another of a coffee table, and one for a floor lamp. Selecting an item for every blue circle is mandatory, while the purple circles are optional items.

When caregivers click on an icon, the bottom half of the screen will pull up the different options in that category. Users can browse the options and see their prices. Most categories have 6-8 items to pick between if that piece of furniture is required. For optional categories, there may only be one item, such as a set of magazines to place on top of the coffee table. 


When caregivers tap on an item, it shows a preview of what it will look like in the room. Caregivers can tap through all of the different options, and then when they find an item they like, they can click "buy." This will place the item in the room and also add it to your collection of furniture to add to other rooms. Users can also borrow items from friends who use the app.

Once caregivers are satisfied with the design of their room, they can click finish. This will enter them into the app-wide competition for the best room design. Caregivers may also be shown other users' designs and be asked to vote on which design they prefer.

The Home Design 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

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

Patient Education App Helps Caregivers, Senior Clients Understand Medical Issues

For caregivers, looking after senior clients with specific medical issues can be challenging. It's important to fully understand the health issue and the steps being taken to prevent or lessen the effects of the issue at hand. The primary source of information should always be a medical professional, but for caregivers and senior clients looking for more information, the Complete Ortho app offers detailed patient education materials.

When caregivers first open the app, they don't have to create an account, which is refreshing. It brings users directly to a screen to select an area of the body to drill down to the information they're seeking. Body area options include: shoulder, elbow, hand & wrist, spine, hip, knee, and ankle & foot. Caregivers and their senior clients can use these to drill down to an area where they may be experiencing pain, or to an area where they already have a doctor's diagnosis but would like more information. The descriptions in the app will help caregivers and their senior clients get more information about what could be causing pain or difficulty before visiting the doctor. Of course. all information should be verified with a physician. 

Once caregivers select a body part, they will be taken to a screen with a close-up on a skeletal view of that part of the body on the left and a menu with several options on the right. Caregivers can see on the right a tab for anatomy, which goes into detail about all of the different aspects of that body part. For example, when looking at the foot diagram, you can click on "Achilles Tendon." When users click on it, a diagram within the app highlights the tendon and whirls to the correct position to display it. So if a senior client finds out they're having an issue with their Achilles Tendon, now they can see exactly where it's located on their body and where the problem may be stemming from. 


The next tab in this area of the app is dedicated to conditions concerning that area of the body. This area offers short videos explaining the function and structure of the different parts of anatomy in the first tab and then offering explanations of why an issues has occurred with them and where the pain is stemming from. For example, with the Achille' Tendon, the app explains that users might experience pain from frequent running or jumping. 

The final tab on this area explains the treatments for the conditions listed in the previous tab. These contain more videos that go into detail about the purpose of certain medical procedures. This area will be particularly useful for senior clients who may already know they need a specific surgery or procedure to gain a thorough understanding of what will be done.

The Complete Ortho 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


Logic Game Helps Senior Clients Keep Brain Active

For seniors, one of the best ways to prevent the onset of dementia is to keep the mind active. This doesn't mean that seniors need to be constantly working on complex projects, though. Brain exercise as simple as reading a book, completing a crossword or playing a brain game will keep the cogs turning. The Logic Puzzles app provides caregivers and their senior clients a way to exercise their minds.

The premise of the games in this app is to read clues and figure out the breakdown of the scenario accordingly. For example, the first game in the app focuses on a bobsledding tournament. The clues at the bottom are designated to help users decide who in the puzzle belongs on the team from which country, which of them are partners and what color bobsled they compete in.

The grid above the clues shows all of the possible combinations and as seniors read the clues, they can mark the boxes below as red for not correct or green for the correct combination. For example, one of the clues says that Ted and his partner are the white sled, so the user would select a green box for Ted and the white sled. They could also select a red box for the white sled column under the other users, but they do still need to figure out who Ted's partner is.


Senior caregivers could work on figuring out the clues with their senior clients. Some of the clues offer straight answers about which boxes are correct, while others offer hints that need to be combined with other clues to solve. 

Once seniors complete the puzzle and think they know the correct answers, they can select "Check Answers" from the menu in the upper left corner of the app and see how well they did. The app contains 10 different puzzles, so senior caregivers can plan to do one each week with their client and then possibly repeat the puzzles after some time has passed. 

The Logic Puzzle 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


Gardening App Provides Caregiver Stress Relief in Time for Earth Day

With spring upon us and Earth Day this weekend, caregivers and their senior clients might be wondering what they can do to be environmentally friendly and get outdoors a little more. As a hobby, gardening offers a way to help the earth, grow your own healthy foods and relieve some stress. The Garden Compass app provides gardening assistance to caregivers and their senior clients.

Caregivers and their senior clients can spend some time discussing what they'd like to plant in their garden before purchasing seeds. Seeds can be purchased online or at a retailer such as Home Depot. Once caregivers and their senior clients have decided what they'd like to plant and selected a location for their garden, then they can begin using the app. 

Users need to create an account upon initially opening the app. This can be done using a Facebook profile or email address. Then, caregivers can begin building their garden virtually. The app allows users to quickly scan the barcode on a plant to accurately add it to their garden. Alternatively, caregivers can search by the exact scientific name of their plant to add it to the list, or they can add a more generic category to the garden list. The generic categories include Annuals, Bulbs, Citrus and Avocado, Vegetables and Herbs, etc.


In the free version of the app, users can add up to three different plants to their garden. This gives caregivers a chance to try the app and see if they like it, and then if they do they can upgrade to the paid version. The different garden selections are then used to populate the Care Calendar on a month-by-month basis.

The Care Calendar gives caregivers specific advice on how to take care of each plant during that month. For example, during April it indicates which garden items can be planted during cold weather, and then it May it will detail which vegetables can be harvested. This will be particularly useful for senior caregivers and their clients who are new to gardening. 

If caregivers run into unexpected issues while tending to their garden, such as bugs eating their plants or the plants not growing as expected, the app also offers a pest identification service. Using this section of the app requires a credit, which users are given a few of for free upon signing up or can purchase. They then can snap a photo of their garden and upload it to the app. They can also include a comment, and then the experts will examine the photo and offer specific identification of the pest. 

The Garden Compass 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

Crossword App Provides Caregiver Stress Relief, Brain Exercise for Senior Cients

For seniors, keeping the mind active is vital to preventing the onset of dementia. And for their caregivers, finding a way to relieve stress is paramount to a healthy lifestyle. The Penny Dell Crosswords app provides free daily crossword puzzles to meet both of these needs.

When users first download the app and open it, they will be taken on a guided tour through the different areas in the app. These include the Daily Puzzle, the Puzzle Library and the Puzzle Store. Caregivers and their senior clients can complete the daily puzzle for free each day.

When users navigate to the Daily Puzzle section, they will see options for level of difficulty. Caregivers can choose between an Easy, Medium or Hard puzzle. Since the app allows users to complete all three levels of difficulty on any given day, there are actually three puzzles available for free each day. 

Once caregivers have selected a puzzle, the app will highlight each row one at a time and display the clue. Users simply need to use the keyboard on their phone to type in the answers. The app will then automatically bring up the clue and number of spaces for the next question. Caregivers can use the arrows on the sides to skip back and forth between clues.


The settings at the top of the app allow caregivers to decide whether or not they'd like the app to highlight incorrect answers. This feature might be helpful because then caregivers and their senior clients will know immediately if they should edit a response before they move onto other clues that share letters with the first response.

Caregivers might enjoy spending half an hour alone in the app, figuring out the clues as a form of stress-relief. This could be a good way to take your mind off the stress of the day and focus on relaxing. For senior clients, it provides a form of exercise for the mind by requiring recall of words and definitions. Caregivers could even team up with their senior clients to work on a crossword puzzle together.

The Penny Dell Crisswords 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
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