App Teaches Meditation for Caregivers in Time for New Year's Resolutions

Meditation offers a great way to relieve stress and take some time alone to decompress from the trials of daily life. Especially for caregivers, whose work often involves high levels of stress, finding a way to effectively relieve stress is crucial to long-term health and well-being. The Calm app offers caregivers a way to relax, focus and sleep better through guided meditation. 

When users first download the app, they need to create an account and then the app takes them to a home screen. Caregivers will see that a "Daily Calm" meditation is featured prominently on this screen, but when they click on it, they will find that portion of the app requires a paid subscription. Fret not, for the other areas of the app are free and available to use. 

The three options at the bottom of the screen are Beathe, Meditate and Sleep. Caregivers who have never tried meditation before should probably start by clicking Meditate, and then selecting 7 Days of Calm from the menu that appears. The first program in this set is the Basics of Meditation, so those new to the practice can get a complete overview. 

Once users begin a program, a peaceful nature scene will appear on your phone screen with some background nature noises while a woman's voice comes on to explain meditation and the practice. The woman on the app takes users through how to effectively breathe for meditation. Once caregivers understand how to do this, they can take advantage of the Breathe function within the app at any time. 

The Breathe function offers a visual tool to assist caregivers when breathing for meditation purposes. As users breathe, a small dot moves around a circle indicating when to breathe in, hold the breath and then breathe out. The circle also expands upon inhale and skrinks back to the initial size upon exhale. Caregivers can use this function whenever they have a few minutes of downtime and would like to calm themselves. 

The other main area of the app offers assistance falling into a natural sleep. Users can click the Sleep button from the home screen and then choose a sleep story. Remember when you were a kid and you loved having a someone read to you before bed? These stories offer meditation and a story read aloud to help adults fall asleep. Caregivers might also find this useful for senior clients who have difficulty sleeping through the night. 

The Calm 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 Use App to Break Spending Habits in Time for 2017

Finding room in a monthly budget for something extra can be difficult, especially for caregivers who may not make as much as they'd like. But, what if you'd like to establish an emergency fund or need some extra cash for a car payment? The Priority app helps caregivers identify spending habits and decide what they can cut out to save cash for a long-term goal. 

When caregivers first download the app, it greets them with a screen asking for three words or less about something they really want. This could be something more general, like an emergency fund, or something very specific, such as a new TV. Users then need to enter the estimated amount of that item. 

The next screen pops up and asks caregivers to consider what they'd be willing to give up to get that item. The example presented by the app is an afternoon cup of coffee, which could run the typical person anywhere from $2 - $4, depending on the location and order. Think about your daily or weekly routine and consider the little purchases you make on a frequent basis. What can be eliminated that you might not miss much in order to save for a larger goal? 

After users decide what they'd be willing to give up, the app asks for an approximate dollar amount and frequency of spending per day or per week. Then the app determines how long it would take for the user to reach their end goal based on the amount saved per week. 

For the sake of example, in this scenario, the user would give up a morning coffee run at $4 a cup five times per week. They are saving for an emergency fund, which they would like to build up to $1,000. According to the app, it would take 250 weeks at $4 per week to reach that goal. 


As caregivers begin to skip their old habit of spending money, they can enter the app and log it on a daily basis. As users log skipped purchases, the app updates their total "Skip amount" as well as the number of skips needed to meet their ultimate goal. Users can update the details of their goal at any time, and see any completed goals or user stats in the main menu. 

The Priority 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

Diabetes Management App Assists Caregivers in Working With Senior Clients

Diabetes can be difficult to manage, especially upon initial diagnosis. For many people, managing diabetes requires not only following instructions from doctors, but also learning how their own bodies respond to a specific diet or doses of insulin. To help make this learning process easier, the One Drop app gives senior caregivers a place to keep daily records of their diabetes management. 

When users first download the app, they need to create a new profile. After inputting their e-mail and creating a password, the app asks what type of diabetes the user is diagnosed with. Options include Type 1, Type 2, Pre-Diabetes, Gestational and others. After answering this question, profile set-up is complete and users are taken to the home screen. 

The main focus of the app is centered around the button in the center bottom of the screen to log different activities. Users can add a record when they check their blood sugar, take a medication, eat something or exercise. All of these factors affect blood sugar levels, which is key in managing diabetes. 

When users record their blood sugar, they can use a slider on a circle at the top to enter the exact number, and then complete optional fields below such as, "How are you feeling?" Under this topic, caregivers can adjust additional sliders to indicate the level of stress, energy, happiness and confidence that their senior client is experiencing at the time of the reading. Other optional fields include photo, tags, notes or a protip. These fields call for a typed entry, so caregivers can enter whatever information will be most useful and leave the rest blank. 


The other fields to log information follow simple formats to the Glucose level entry. For the field to log foods, caregivers can enter either an amount for carbs in grams, or search for a specific food to log from the in-app library. Caregivers can track the information most pertinent to their senior clients, which could be particularly useful for someone newly diagnosed trying to figure out what affects their blood sugars the most. For example, tracking Carbs for a week and following it up by checking Blood Sugars twenty minutes later could offer insight into how your senior client is affected by certain foods. 

One other area of the app tries to create a sense of community by sharing other user's readings. No identifying information is available beyond initials and location to maintain privacy, but users can check the feed to see what other users are sharing and leave encouragement by liking the record or leaving a sticker on it. 

The One Drop 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 



Healthy Recipes in App in Time for the Holiday Season

It's the most wonderful time of the year, and the one with the most calorie-heavy dishes. With Thanksgiving next week and the following month full of once-a-year treats, abandoning healthy eating for indulgence can be tempting. However, caregivers can use the Kitchen Stories app to find new recipes to make at home or for senior clients to eat in moderation, despite the time of year. 

When caregivers download the Kitchen Stories app and open it to their main feed, they will see a rotating set of featured items as well as several recipes below. When caregivers click on "Filter" in the upper right-hand corner, they can adjust the recipes they see on the home feed by category, difficulty, diet or preparation time. The diet preferences include: vegetarian, vegan, sugar-free, lactose-free, gluten-free or alcohol-free.

Under the Search tool, the app features a variety of recipes sorted into several categories, such as 20 minute dishes, low carb, weeknight dinners, vegetarian and under 400 kcal. While not every category represents a "healthy" recipe, caregivers can sort through the options and find a recipe to meet certain dietary needs. However, for other dietary needs such as low-sodium or low-fat, caregivers might need to make their own adjustments and substitutions to the recipes. 


Once caregivers pick a recipe, they can click on it and see how to make that recipe two different ways. At the top of each recipe page, the app provides a video showing each step of making the recipe, from raw ingredients to cooking methods to the finished product. Underneath that, caregivers will see the traditional recipe format, showing the text list of ingredients and step-by-step instructions for how to cook the item. 

Also included on the recipe page is the basic nutritional information for the dish: calories, protein, fat and carbohydrates. A rating system on the recipe also shows what other users thought of the dish after having made it on a scale of one to five stars. The one-star rating says, "I didn't enjoy this," and the five-star rating says, "Absolutely delicious!"

The How To section of the app features short videos showing different cooking techniques for those who are still learning. The topics range from "How to prepare beets" to "How to knead dough (and why)." On average they range from one to three minutes long, so caregivers can watch them and emulate the techniques in their own kitchen. 

Once users find recipes they like, they can add them to their saved recipes for reference. They can also add ingredients to the shopping tab so they know what they need to buy when they go to the store. 

The KitchenStories 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 

Comprehensive Health App Allows Caregivers to Track Overall Activity

When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, so many factors are at play together. From eating a balanced diet to getting exercise and relieving stress, it can all be difficult to track. Luckily, the My Health Diary app allows senior caregivers to quickly and easily store health information about all the different activities in one place so that they can see an overall picture of their efforts. 

Users must first create an account with the app upon downloading it, which includes identifying information and linking existing Health apps on their phone to the app. For iPhone users, the My Health Diary app can pull in information from the build in Apple Health app. This includes an Activity section with a counter for how many steps are walked in a day, in addition to other optional features that iPhone users can choose to track, such as Nutrition, Sleep and Mindfulness. 


Once users create their account, then they can set up their dashboard within the app with the widgets they'd like to use. The app features over 20 different widgets to track different aspects of health, ranging from sleep and steps to medications taken and blood pressure. Widgets can be added or removed from the dashboard at any time by going to the Settings area of the app. 

Caregivers can customize this section to fit the needs of their senior clients. For example, if a senior client needs to track their blood pressure on a daily basis in addition to taking a medication for it, then caregivers can record the results in the blood pressure widget to keep a record over time. This can be useful for personal information, as well as to share at upcoming doctor's appointments to make sure clients are on track.

For caregivers who want to track their own health, the exercise widget in the app will provide an idea of where they're at now and how much more activity they should do to meet their fitness goals. Another area of the app allows caregivers to set Care Items for a particular day of the week. For example, for stress relief caregivers could set a goal to take a walk for 30 minutes three times a week. This could also be used to remind caregivers of specific times that senior clients needs to take medication. 

The Files area of the app gives caregivers a space to take photos of prescription instructions or store important medical documents for their senior clients in case they need them for quick reference. To store a document, users can either upload one or take a new photo. 

The My Health Diary 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 

Brain Games App Keeps Senior Minds Sharp

For seniors, keeping an active mind plays a large role in preventing the onset of dementia. This doesn't mean that senior caregivers need to pose rigorous challenges to their senior clients on a frequent basis, though. Exercise for the mind can be the equivalent of walking on a treadmill for physical exercise; slow, but still going through the full motions to use the muscles. The Left vs Right app gives senior caregivers a tool to use with their senior clients to exercise their minds. 

When users first download the app, it takes them through a series of categories with questions to determine what the user would like to improve upon the most. The six categories covered in the app are awareness, precision, reasoning, patience, adaptability and reflex. The questions in each offer senior clients the ability to improve upon situations from their own lives, such as consistently remembering people and places that they meet and see. 


The app then recommends games for the user based on their specific choices during set-up. Before launching into the game, the app takes users through the instructions to ensure they understand the rules. It sets up a basic scenario and provides enough detail along with visuals for users to fully comprehend what they need to do before the game begins. 

One of the games for precision requires users to tap smiley faces in the order of their proximity to an "exit." As the game continues, the level of difficulty increases slightly. Another game in the adaptability category requires users to match series of tiles together based on the text color or the words written within the tiles. 

Senior caregivers can encourage their clients to use the app multiple times per week to improve their scores and abilities over time. Free accounts will get three new games on a daily basis, which are determined by their answers to the initial questions in the app. If senior caregivers find that their clients greatly enjoy the app and would like to play more, there is a VIP membership option which allows users full access to the games within the app. The app provides a free trial for this level of memberships, so senior clients can try it at no cost to see if they like it. 

For senior clients, speed may not be the most important factor in completing the activities. Instead, remind them to focus on completing the goal of each game as it appears to improve their abilities. Simply the act of engaging with the game provides the exercise for the brain that can help prevent dementia. 

The Left vs Right: A brain training game 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 




Resume App Helps Caregivers Prepare for Job Search

Looking for a new job in any field can be stressful. Particularly for caregivers in the digital age, learning the various online tools to search and knowing how to present yourself the right way to get hired can be puzzling, to say the least. The PathSource Resume app gives users the ability to build a professional resume right on their phone. 

When users first open the app, they are presented with a series of intro screens detailing all of the functions of the app. After caregivers swipe through all of the options, they come to the final screen which shows them a button to begin building a resume, and a claim that it will take under 10 minutes. 

The first part of the guided process takes caregivers through a list of contact information, such as name, address, etc. Then it asks for employment status. If you indicate that you are currently employed, then it asks for all of the information about your current position, such as company name, job title, dates of employment, and responsibilities. Private caregivers might list private family, individual caregiver, self-employed or another fitting phrase under the company name. For more help building your resume, read Caregiverlist's resume tips and tricks.

The next section asks about education information, including any degrees and certificates earned in the past or ones that a caregiver is actively pursuing right now. Then, the app asks users to select the industry in which they plan to use their resume for. Home care or caregiving is not an option. Caregivers may need to settle for the closest category they can find, which might be Nursing Assistant or something similar. 


Then the basics of building a resume have been completed. Caregivers can then go to the design tool and choose between several pre-designed templates available in the app. Remembering that the goal of a resume is simply to display pertinent information about your job history, picking a clean layout without too much excess frill will make your information stand out best. 

When users move to export their resume, the app also analyzes it and makes suggestions for future actions to strengthen your career, such as school programs to pursue. It also provides a market outlook on job growth and salary information. Once their resume has been completed, caregivers can apply for caregiver jobs on Caregiverlist. 

The PathSource Resume 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 

Establish New Habits and Track Progress Using App

They say the key to forming a new habit is repetition. Once you've completed a task several times, it becomes part of your daily or weekly routine. For senior caregivers, habits might include working out for 30 minutes a day, checking in with the family of a senior client or something as small as checking in on finances once a week. The Habitify app allows senior caregivers to keep track of new and existing habits. 

When users first download the app, they need to create a profile to keep track of their progress. The app offers the option to sign up using e-mail or an existing Facebook account. Then, users see the home screen of the app, which will be blank. To create new habits, caregivers simply need to click the button with a plus sign at the bottom of the screen. 

To create a new goal, caregivers need to give it a name, select how often it should repeat, a starting date and designate if they'd like a reminder to complete the task. Tasks can be repeated on a daily basis, specific days or non-specific days. For specific days, caregivers need to pick which days of the week the habit should be completed on. For non-specific days, caregivers need to pick how frequently the habit should happen each week, i.e. 3 times a week. 


The home screen of the app then displays all of the habits created and a bar across the top allows caregivers to click between days and see which habits need to be completed on each day. When users complete a task, they can click on it, select Done and then a blue check mark will appear next to it in the app. 

Having a list of habits to complete on a regular basis can help caregivers manage the stressors in their daily life. By seeing a list of habits and regularly check them off, caregivers can more easily establish a pattern and the to-do list may seem less overwhelming. The free version of the app limits the number of habits that can be entered to only three, but if caregivers would like more then they can upgrade to the paid version of the app.

The Habitify 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 Stay Up-To-Date on Weather With Radar App

With warnings of Hurricane Matthew hitting Florida and South Carolina this weekend and potentially moving up the East Coast, staying up-to-date with the most recent information and warnings holds utmost importance. For caregivers with senior clients in the affected areas, ensuring that they're prepared for the storm and a potential evacuation is the highest priority. To stay abreast of the latest with the storm, the MyRadar app offers a look at the most recent radar data. 

A radar shows any precipitation or storms in the area using a scale of severity ranging from light blue at the low end to bright pink at the high end. When users first open the MyRadar app, they only need to allow it to use their current location to get see their radar data. As a default, the app shows what the radar has looked like in your area for the past hour. Cloud formations move across the map as a ticker at the bottom updates the time in increments of five minutes. The coloring of the formations changes with the severity of the storm in real time to offer an accurate measure of the storm. 


On the upper bar, caregivers can see a summary of the weather forecast for their area. If they place their finger on that top banner and pull it down, then it brings up a full hourly forecast for the next 24 hours plus a summary of the five-day forecast including the chance of rain. The detailed forecast for the day continues below that with a summary plus Wind and Pressure information. This area of the app proves useful for caregivers on any given day to get a detailed snapshot of the forecast. This enables caregivers to properly plan their day with their senior clients if they need to run errands or planned to spend a little time outside. The forecast will be increasingly useful as the winter months approach and some areas of the US might experience more extreme weather. 

For caregivers currently in the predicted path of Hurricane Matthew, it is important to note that the radar does not show predictions of the next hour or two. Instead, the only data available is from the previous hour. But caregivers can follow along in real-time with the storm over their specific area to see as it hits and can get an idea of when the worst might have passed over them. However, no one should assume the storm is over and moved on to other areas until the local media deems it so. Pay attention to local news and all warnings from the government in addition to watching the storm radar on your own. There is a Hurricane Watch area of the app, but activating it requires an upgrade to the paid version. 

For senior caregivers and their clients, disaster preparedness during storms and extreme weather is key. Create a plan with your senior clients and their families in case of future events. The MyRadar 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 

Caregivers Buy and Sell Clothes Just in Time for Winter Using App

As the weather turns colder, it's time to pull the winter wardrobe out and examine what you might be missing plus what you don't wear anymore. For caregivers on a tight budget, shopping for new clothes can be challenging. The Saily app gives senior caregivers the ability to sell old clothes that are still in good condition and search for gently-used clothes to stock up for winter. 

A good rule of thumb when deciding whether or not to part with an article of clothing comes down to the last time you wore that piece of clothing. If it's been more than a year, it's safe to say you likely won't wear it again and can part with it. Go through your closet and pull out any items that meet these criteria and put them in a pile to sell, if they're still in good enough condition. 

Then, examine the clothes left and decide what you might be missing that you'll need for the next few months. Perhaps you're in need of a few sweaters for work, or you could use a new scarf to go with your winter coat. Make note of the items you're searching for and then open the Sally app. 

When caregivers first create an account in the app, it asks them to select the categories that fit their shopping interests. The options include Shoes & Sneakers, Laptops & Computers, Phones & Tablets, Handbags and Watches. While most of these don't fall into Wardrobe items, the app certainly has listings for all sorts of different types of clothing as well. 

From the home screen of the app, caregivers can scroll through a feed of various available listings, or search by a specific term. The prices are all set by the users selling the items and show the discount from the original price. Some items are priced at more of a discount than others, so caregivers may need to weed through the listings based on their own budget. In a search for "Sweaters," we scrolled down a little and found six listings in a row for less than $20, so it's not that difficult to find. 


Alternatively, to sell an item, all caregivers need to do is take a photo using the camera on their phone, and then enter some basic information. The requested information includes Title, Description, Category, Retail Price and Selling Price. The difference between the Retail Price and the Selling Price determines what percentage saving is shown on the listing for prospective buyers. Remember to consider how much you'd be willing to pay for the item in its current condition before selecting the price.

The Saily 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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