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

Caregivers Keep Up With News, Entertainment Using Podcast App

Senior caregivers often have busy schedules, so it may be difficult to find time to decompress and watch something funny or catch up on the latest news. For those caregivers, podcasts offer a way to listen to the latest while driving, cooking dinner or getting ready for bed. The Breaker app provides podcast recommendations and subscription management for caregivers.

When users first download the app, they need to create an account. Caregivers can choose to attach it to their Facebook or Twitter profile, or use their email address to do so. Then, the app will take them through set-up, which includes following any existing users who users might already know. 

Then the app brings users to the subscription section where they can search and subscribe to their favorite podcasts. When users subscribe to a podcast, then they will receive updates every time a new episode is released.

For caregivers who may not have listened to podcasts before downloading the app, the Discover section will come in handy. This displays some of the more popular podcasts and brief descriptions of them. If caregivers see a podcast they'd like to learn more about on the list, then they can click on the name to read the full description and see the available episode titles. 

Podcasts topics range from in-depth journalism to fiction series to everyday people discussing their passions. Unfortunately, the Breaker app doesn't have an option within the Discover section to sort or browse by topic, or to search by keyword for a topic. However, if caregivers would like to listen to a show on a particular topic, they could search the iTunes Store and then subscribe to it in the app once they've selected a show. 

Caregivers can see all of the shows they've subscribed to on the Subscriptions tab in the app. Here they can see all of the episodes and download them directly in the app if they're connected to wifi.


Caregivers might enjoy selecting a program to listen to with their senior clients, or they might enjoy listening to something funny at the end of a long day for some stress relief. 

The Breaker 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

Audiobook App Provides Caregiver Stress Relief

For caregivers, stress relief com an come in many forms. Going for a peaceful walk, doing yoga or taking a nice bath all provide much needed relief. But for caregivers on the go, stress relief could take another form. The Audible app allows caregivers to download audiobooks to listen to in order to relieve stress.

The Audible app requires a monthly membership in order to purchase books. However, caregivers can sign up for a free trial and receive 30 days for free on the platform.

Once caregivers sign up for a free trial, they will have a free credit in their account to purchase an audiobook. Caregivers can search for a specific book by title or author, or they can browse books by categories or in the featured section. Categories to browse include sci-fi & fantasy, romance, history, and business.

When users find a title they'd like to download, they can do so in the app and the free credit will be applied. Then, caregivers can find all of the books they've downloaded in the My Library section of the app. Books can be stored in the cloud, or they can be downloaded on the device for users to listen to. Caregivers can download books to listen to with their senior clients, too.


The Audible 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 Allows Caregivers to Track Calories By Taking Pictures of Food

When it comes to tracking calories and watching what you eat, it seems fairly reasonable when you're eating products with a nutrition label. But what about when you go out to dinner, or over to a friend's house and you eat something that they cooked? It can be tricky to know how many calories are really in your lunch. Luckily, the Calorie Mama AI app makes tracking estimated calories as easy as snapping a photo on your phone and letting the app analyze it. 

When caregivers first download the app, they need to create a profile using either their Facebook profile or their e-mail address. Then, caregivers need to enter their weight information and indicate if they have a weight loss goal. The app seems like it would be useful for those not looking to lose weight, but simply seeking to better understand the caloric makeup of their meals, too. The app provides a recommended calorie intake based on the information provided and then takes caregivers to the home screen to start entering foods. 

For caregivers to enter foods, they can take a photo of an item or they can scan a barcode of a packaged product. For example, if you're out to dinner at a restaurant, you can take a picture of your plate and the app will use its Artifical Intelligence to recognize that you're eating a burger and french fries and log generic nutrition information for such an item accordingly. For a packaged item, the app can analyze the front of the package and figure out what it is, or it can scan the barcode on the item for accurate information. Upon testing the app by taking a photo of the front of an energy bar, it correctly identified on the first try. 

Once a food item has been logged, the app adds it to the user's nutrition log for the day. It provides a recommended intake of calories for each meal, and upon logging foods, it shows you whether you're above or below your calories for that meal. An overall ticker at the top of the page shows how many calories you have remaining for the whole day. 

Caregivers can also log any exercise they do in a day to earn additional calories, and they can record how many glasses of water they drink. As time goes by, caregivers also can log their body weight to track weight loss, if that's one of their goals in using the app. One of the icons at the bottom even brings up a page showing a graph to track body weight over time. 

The Calorie Mama AI 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


Reading App Summarizes Nonfiction Works for Quick Reads for Caregiver Stress Relief

We all use different tactics to relieve stress. For caregivers, exercise, meditation and eating healthy can all contribute to letting go of stress after a long day on the job. Taking time to read can also help reduce stress and relax. However, with their busy lifestyles, caregivers may not have time to sit down and read an entire 300-page book. The Blinkist app takes works of non-fiction and summarizes them down to pieces that only take 15 minutes to read. 

When caregivers first download the app, they need to create an account using either a Facebook login or their e-mail address. Then, they are taken to the home screen of the app which features recommendations. The top shows "Your daily pick" of a book the app thinks you will like. Oddly, during set-up the app doesn't ask for any preferences of the category of a book, so I'm not sure how it determines what your daily pick is. Under that, another section makes recommendations for you. Caregivers can swipe through different curated lists of recommendations on topics such as love, self-improvement, investing, etc. 


Once users find a title that intrigues them, they can click on it for a one-page summary of the summarized book. The summary page offers one or two paragraphs describing what the book is about, and then breaks it down further in a section called, "Who should read this?" This gives caregivers a clear idea about whether or not they'll identify with the author as the intended audience. Another section gives details about the author and their background, so users can better understand their point of view as they read. 

Once caregivers has chosen to read the book, there are actually two ways to read the piece. Users have an option to read the text, or to listen to an audio version. The audio version may be ideal for caregivers on-the-go who would like something to listen to in the car on the way home from work. Caregivers also might be able to find a topic of interest to their senior clients and listen to the audio version together. 

As users swipe through the different pages of the summarized version of the book, they will see a header at the top of each, followed by the text for that category. These show the different themes and topics discussed in each book and presents the most pertinent information to understand the gist of what was written and glean the main takeaways. Of course, these summaries lack the detail found in a 300-page book, but as a substitute, they do offer new insight and understanding. 

When caregivers finish reading a book, it's stored in their library, which can be found by tapping on the middle icon on the bottom bar in the app. Users can also search books by topic by clicking on the file cabinet icon in the upper right corner. Topics include Science, Health & Fitness, Mindfulness & Happiness, Money & Investments, etc. 

The Blinkist app is available for Apple and Android platforms. The download includes a free three-day trial, and after that users can sign up for the subscription service. 

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

GrandPad App Allows Senior Clients To Stay Connected To Loved Ones Digitally

For senior clients as they age, particularly for those who live a fair distance from their family, staying involved in one another's daily lives can be challenging. While the younger generations are plugged into technology, social media could seem overwhelming for a senior client with posts to sort through from so many different sources. The GrandPad app offers a way for families to send pictures and updates to their senior loved ones in a private program.

To use the GrandPad app, the senior client needs to purchase a plan with the site. The options include a monthly or annually billed plan for the tablet itself, connectivity, and insurance in case of damage or theft. Once a senior client is set up with their GrandPad, then their loved ones can download the GrandPad app to begin sharing photos and videos with them. 

When users first download the app, they need to send e-mail invites to all of the people who they'd like to contribute to the Family Feed. From there, the new users can download the app too and sign into their private feed. From there, users can post pictures and comment on other people's posts, just like on other social networks such as Instagram or Facebook. Loved ones can also decide to hook up their Instagram feed to the app so that pictures are sent automatically to the Family Feed automatically. 

To make it as easy as possible for senior clients to interact with the content, voice memos can be left instead of typed comments. Users also have the option of conducting voice or video calls directly on the tablet or in the app. The voice memos can also be sent as e-mails, so seniors have many options to communicate with their families stress-free. The GrandPad also features games and music for seniors to interact with as they'd like. 

Caregivers can support their senior clients in using the GrandPad to communicate with their families. They can take photos of them doing activities around the house, such as cooking dinner, or help them record voice memos to share with their loved ones. They can also monitor the family feed for them and make sure they don't miss any updates from their family. 

The GrandPad app is available for Apple and Android products. Visit the GrandPad site for more information on the tablet for senior clients. 

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

Health App Tracks Activity for Caregiver Stress Relief

The job of a caregiver can be unpredictable and stressful. One of the most important considerations for maintaining a healthy lifestyle comes with managing that stress. Caregivers have several options when it comes to stress relief: meditation, exercise and sleep all contribute to wellness. For caregivers with Apple phones, the built-in Health app automatically tracks steps so caregivers can gauge their daily activity. 

You probably don't realize the number of steps that you take each day. For caregivers especially, who might be crossing a room several times a day to get things for their senior clients, 15 steps here and 20 steps there add up fairly quickly. The Health app uses GPS data to track how far your phone moves, and with it, how many steps and miles you walk in a day. Caregivers with Apple phones don't even need to download anything to use this function; it comes pre-installed on the phone and tracks movement automatically. 

When caregivers open the app, they are greeted with a dashboard that shows the number of flights of stairs climbed, number of steps and walking + running distance average for the week. If caregivers also have a device such as a Fitbit that tracks calories and other fitness data, they can connect that with the Health app to produce more data, such as exercise minutes or workouts. 

For each category presented, caregivers can click to see more historical data and compare charts over time. For example, clicking on walking + running distance will show all of the daily data for the week, month or year and display bar graphs across the top to illustrate the data. It will also show your average distance overall. The comparison charts help caregivers realize when they might have a week or month that's particularly low so that they can adjust their routine to add in more exercise.


Consider setting a daily step or distance goal for yourself, or maybe even for you and your senior client if they feel like going for a walk. For senior clients, regular movement helps keep their joints active, even if it's just a leisurely stroll around the block. For senior caregivers, walking or running even an extra mile every day can help relieve stress. 

The Health app comes pre-installed on all 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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