BeFunky Photo Editing App Perfect for Capturing Holiday Memories: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

The holidays bring friends and family together to celebrate and share memories together. Whether you're spending your holidays with a senior client or with family or friends, taking a few pictures can help preserve the memories for years to come. This week we posted a blog with tips about Caregiver Stress Relief. Taking photos at the holidays can provide reminders of good times for days in the future that may be particularly stressful. 

Using the BeFunky app, caregivers can edit the photos that they take directly on their phone. There's no need to transfer a photo from your phone to your computer to open it in a photo editing program there because the BeFunky app pulls the photo you'd like to edit directly from your phone's camera roll. Basic edits such as rotating, straightening or cropping a photo allow for users to clean up the original photo. 

More advanced edits such as brightness, sharpness and saturation allow for edits to the contents of the photo. Even if users aren't familiar with the various types of edits available, BeFunky makes it easy to click on an edit type from the selection bar at the bottom and play around with an edit type to see what it does and if it makes an enhancement to the original photo. The option of applying a filter to the photo with preexisting edits also gives the user the ability to quickly scroll through and click on different filters to see them applied to the photo and pick the best one. Adding a frame or some text to the photo also can add some final touches before saving the photo and exporting it to your camera roll to keep, share with friends via social media or send via email. 

 

The BeFunky 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

Improve Interview Skills Using Interview Tips App: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

In a blog earlier this week, Caregiverlist highlighted the senior care recruitment process during this time of high demand for senior caregivers. Even for in home care positions, potential senior clients and their loved ones likely will request an interview before they hire you for a position. Using the 101 Answers app, senior caregivers can read advice on how to best prepare to talk about themselves and how they fit into the position they are interviewing for. 


The app holds tips on how to answer 101 of what they've deemed as the most difficult interview questions. It reads sort of like an e-book, with a paragraph for each tip. Users swipe on the screen of their device to move onto the next tip. 

Some of the tips may not directly apply to the job of a caregiver because the writing style suggests that the user is interviewing for an office job. However, plenty of the tips prove useful for the duties of a caregiver as well. One tip suggests the user acknowledge difficult situations in past jobs and share how they worked through that situation. For caregivers, this holds particularly true as a senior caregiver may have experienced setbacks in past positions when dealing with clients with dementia, limited mobility or other specific needs. Hearing about your experience working with these issues will help potential employers recognize your full ability to deal with and circumstances that may arise in your new position. 

The app contains a lot to read, so breaking it up into flipping through it in ten minutes increments may work better than trying to absorb all the information at once. 

 

This app is available for free for Apple and Android

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

Alzheimer's Prevention Tips Shared By The Brain Games App: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

Alzheimer's prevention requires an effort on the part of senior caregivers and their clients to keep their minds and bodies active as they age. No single cause of Alzheimer's can be found, though. The Brain Games app offers several valuable tips for seniors and caregivers on specific habits for daily life to help prevent Alzheimer's.

The title of the app is slightly perplexing as it highlights tips instead of actual games, but nonetheless provides useful information. The app features a very simple layout with the ability to pick a tip highlighted on a card and then flip it over to read more about it. Users can see that one of the first tips is to read a good book. If they flip the card over, they learn that reading draws on the imagination which forces the brain to make connections. Users then can easily move onto the next tip when they're done reading with a swipe of the screen. 

The free version of the app presents 11 tips for users, some of which include less common Alzheimer's prevention suggestions such as eating a protein based breakfast to fuel the brain and cutting back on alcohol. The app does lack depth in Alzheimer's education outside of these tips, though. Adding a section with information on how Alzheimer's develops and affects the brain would be useful for furthering caregiver and senior knowledge of the disease. This app is best used to offer tips and supplement information from other sources on Alzheimer's disease. 

 

The Brian Games App is available for free for 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

The Weather Channel App Helps Caregivers Plan Ahead: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

The weather affects decisions and plans in everyone's lives, but particularly for senior caregivers being prepared for inclement weather helps insure safety of their senior clients. For example, if snow with the potential for ice looms on the forecast, caregivers know that the risk of a senior client slipping and falling increases. The Weather Channel app provides up to date and detailed forecasts by the hour or day for up to ten days in advance so caregivers can be prepared.

As weather predictions fluctuate in the days leading up to the present day, the hourly and next 36 hour predictions in the app offer the most useful and accurate information. The hourly section provides a glimpse of the temperature and chance of precipitation for each hour of the day, so users can see if the morning is going to be sunny and clear but then around 3 pm the temperature drops and it will rain heavily. The 36 hours section shows more details on high and low temperatures for the day as well as information on any wind and type of precipitation. Knowing the details of the weather for the day can help caregiver know if they need to grab sunscreen or an umbrella before leaving the house, as well as how to dress for optimal comfort for that day.

Users can monitor the weather for several cities in the app, which is useful for setting your current city as the default and putting any other destinations as secondary. Just for fun, if your senior client has loved ones who live out of town, you can also add their cities to the app so your senior client can stay up to date on how the weather is treating them.


The Weather Channel app is available for free for AppleAndroid and Windows 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

Easy Recipes Featured in App For Healthy Cooking: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

Every week Caregiverlist features a new recipe to give our senior caregivers ideas for new meals and snacks to make for themselves or to share with their senior clients. In case caregivers have a taste for something specific or are looking for more recipe ideas, the SparkRecipes app provides a variety of healthy recipes. 

Browsing options for recipes within the app include searching by category or course, type of cuisine, dietary needs or type of occasion, such as a picnic or brunch. The dietary needs section includes recipe choices for gluten free, vegetarian, lactose free, etc. diets, which helps caregivers quickly narrow down potential recipes without needing to examine the individual ingredients in each one. This feature is particularly useful for caregivers whose clients have dietary restrictions set by their doctors. Likewise, the search by category proves useful if the user already has a particular ingredient such as chicken that he/she would like to feature in the recipe. A quick glance at the poultry category shows several chicken dish ideas such as chicken parmesan, chicken and broccoli casserole or orange chicken. Some of the recipes even emulate popular restaurant dishes with healthier twists.

The app also features a conversion section for use while cooking in case caregivers find that they need to measure out pints but they only have a quart measuring cup. Along with the ability to favorite recipes for later use and a section with recipe videos, this app gives caregivers the tools needed to plan delicious meals without needing to spend hours searching for the perfect recipe. 

 

The SparkRecipes 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

Breast Cancer Awareness Apps Display Self Check Methods: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

In case you're wondering why you've been seeing pink everywhere for the past two weeks, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Early detection in breast cancer can mean the difference between surviving the disease or losing the battle. Two specific apps put out by the Keep A Breast Foundation and the National Breast Cancer Foundation focus on helping women learn how to perform self examinations properly and set reminders on a monthly basis to do so. 

Women of all ages should perform a monthly self examination of their breasts to check for lumps as well as attend regularly scheduled mammograms and doctor appointments. A large percentage of senior caregivers and their senior clients are women, so caregivers can use these apps to educate themselves and their senior clients on the detection signs for the disease. Both apps offer instructions on how to perform a self exam but differ in other features. Caregivers can look at the instructions in both and determine which best meets their individual needs.

The Keep a Breast Foundation app offers detailed cartoon diagrams to show visually how to perform the exam. It also gives caregivers the opportunity to set a monthly reminder to perform their self examination. By checking monthly, women are more likely to recognize if something changes in the future so they can bring it up with a medical professional. 

The National Breast Cancer Foundation app offers descriptions of a few different ways to do the exam, so users can pick whichever they are most comfortable with. It also features a Breast Cancer Clinic finder using a caregiver's current location so that a caregiver may schedule an appointment if they need to. There is also an option to donate to the Foundation from within the app.

 

Both apps are free. The Keep a Breast App is available for Apple and Android platforms. The National Breast Cancer Foundation 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

C.N.A. Test Prep App Provides Practice Questions: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant (C.N.A) increases the number of job opportunities available to a senior caregiver. Certified Nursing Assistants help take care of bedridden patients, assist with dressing, bathing and feeding and take vital signs among other personal and nursing duties. Senior caregivers who wish to pursue becoming a C.N.A. can look into schools in their state that offer training programs. Before receiving certification, caregivers must past a C.N.A. qualifying exam. Caregiverlist offers a sample test to give caregivers an idea of what to expect on the exam. 

To review questions and study for the exam on the go, the MedPreps CNA Test Prep app offers free practice C.N.A. test questions for senior caregivers. The app features approximately 1,000 questions covering topics that could appear on the test, from client rights to activities of daily living to communication issues. Users are presented with a question with four multiple choice answers at the bottom. The app indicates an incorrect answer by lighting up red and a correct answer by highlighting the choice in green. No matter which answer is chosen, a box in the right corner labeled "Explain," brings up a screen that explains the correct answer in detail. 

The app enables caregivers to study for the test at any opportunity where they might have ten spare minutes. Try answering just five questions each day while enrolled in C.N.A. school while riding public transit or before bed. Look at which questions you originally missed as the test approaches and see if you can answer them correctly now. 

 

App Name: CNA Test Prep

Available for free for Apple and Android platforms. Limited questions are available in the free edition, unlock all questions in the paid version of the app. 

"Practice for your upcoming Certified Nursing Assistant Examination with our database of 1000+ CNA practice test questions!" 

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

 

New York Times Crossword Puzzle App Provides Mental Challenge: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

Many caregivers and their senior clients may have grown up doing crossword puzzles from the newspaper with their loved ones. Crossword puzzles are great for killing extra time by yourself or for bringing out in a group to collaboratively come up with answers to the clues. The New York Times Crossword Puzzle app takes the crossword puzzle featured in the newspaper each day and presents it in a digital format. 

Crossword puzzles offer cognitive exercises for seniors to support healthy aging. The act of reading a clue, thinking about it and devising an answer helps keep the brain active and sharp. To prevent Alzheimer's and dementia, seniors should make a conscious effort to partake in an activity each day that stimulates their mind, even in a basic way. Seniors can do the crossword puzzles on their own or work with their caregivers to come up with the answers. Working together on the crossword puzzle may help come up with more answers based on each of your individual knowledge and also gives you an opportunity to bond with your senior client.

New crossword puzzles are featured every day. Try making a game to see how many clues you can get correct each day, and try to top that number the next day. 

App Name: NYTimes Crosswords

Available for free 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 to relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko

Pandora Radio App Offers Free Music Streaming: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

Music provides a soundtrack for our lives. A certain song can take us back to a particular moment in time and evoke memories we'd previously forgotten. New songs make way for new memories. Senior caregivers can use the Pandora streaming internet radio application to listen to old favorites with their senior clients and discover new music based on automatic suggestions within the app. 

Starting a station is simple. Think of the artist or the song that you or your senior client is in the mood to listen to and type their name or the song title into the search bar. The app will bring up matching titles or artists and you can click on the one you're looking for. Once you do that, the app automatically creates a station based on your selection. Typically it will begin with a song by the same artist and then play similar selections after that. If a song begins playing and you enjoy it, click the "thumbs up" icon on the bottom left corner of the screen and Pandora will play more songs like it. If you don't care for a song, click the "thumbs down" icon and the app will take note of it to avoid playing that song in the future. 

The stations that can be built in Pandora vary from broadway musical selections to classical music to modern hits. Try asking your senior clients what their favorite songs were as a child or are now and build a station for them. As the songs play, your senior client may share some stories with you that the songs bring about.  For caregivers themselves, the music can be a great background noise while cleaning or cooking as well as a relaxation tool after a long day. Spend fifteen minutes listening to a calming song and let go of your thoughts before you go to sleep at night. 

 

App name: Pandora

Available for free on Apple and Android platforms.

"Enjoy all of your stations right from your mobile phone, tablet, or e-reader. You can also create new stations, and rate songs using thumbs up and thumbs down. Pandora on mobile devices is fully integrated with Pandora on the web, so everything you create and personalize on your device appears next time you're back on the web." 

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 to relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko

Brain Game App Keeps Mind Active for Alzheimer's Prevention: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

Exercising the mind contributes to healthy aging just as much as regular physical activity. Senior caregivers can help their clients keep their minds sharp by picking up a new habit or hobby that engages the mind. Something as simple as doing a crossword puzzle or playing a basic game helps keep the brain active. The smartphone app Binaural Brain Game combines brain exercise for Alzheimer's prevention with the need to relieve stress and relax. 

The games feature an icon that the user moves around the surface of the screen to collect crystals whilst avoiding spinning colored wheels. The motions in the game help keep the mind sharp whilst doing something seemingly almost mindless.  Once the user collects their first 1,000 crystals in the first game, they can unlock the second game in the app. There are five different games total that the user can unlock by gathering more crystals in a lower level. Mental stimulation is key in Alzheimer's prevention, along with physical diet, exercise and social connections, as outlined by the Alzheimer's Association

Senior caregivers can benefit from the app as well as it plays tranquil music during games to help calm and soothe the user. After a long day as a caregiver, come home and play the game for a few minutes to clear your head from the day and put you in a good headspace to relax for the rest of the night. 

 

The app is available for free for Apple users. There is also a paid version free of advertisements. 

Name: Binaural Brain Game: Relaxation Therapy for Stress, Insomnia & Alzheimer's 

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 to 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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