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 

App Provides Customized News for Caregivers On the Go

In today's world of social media, sometimes the number of different sources for daily news can seem overwhelming. Which one shares interesting content on the topics you most care about? For caregivers who work long hours, digging through the depths of the internet to find out may be daunting. The News Republic app offers a one-stop place for caregivers to quickly see news and articles from several sources. 

When users first open the app, it asks them to establish a profile and select topics of interest. Topics range from US News and International to Technology & Science or Entertainment. This gives the app the ability to provide a variety of information while still staying relevant to your interests. 

The homepage of the app offers the Top Stories of the day in the upper left-hand corner, and then shows a different icon for each of the categories selected during set-up. When users click on an icon, it takes them to a dedicated feed that pulls in stories from several different sources. Caregivers can scroll down to browse various headlines and see at the top of each post what the source of the article is.


When a headline strikes a caregiver's interest and they'd like to look closer, they can click on it and read the article within the app instead of needing to navigate to it in their phone's internet browser. After they've read it, the app even gives them the ability to comment, share or react. The options for React include Astonished, Pleased, Indifferent, Worried or Sorry. 

Users can also save articles within the app if they'd like to come back to them at a later time. Caregivers can also choose to get notifications when new stories from their selected topics are added to the app. Caregivers could also set the app up with the interests of their senior client in mind to find and share news with them. 

The Digest section of the app shows the 11 most important articles from across all of your selected topics. This gives caregivers with limited time the ability to quickly open the app and scan the headlines to stay up-to-date without needing to go through their entire timeline. 

The NewsRepublic 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 

Take a Meditation Break for Stress Relief Using Guided App

As we come into the fall and winter months, the days get shorter and the weather gets worse. As this happens, it's easy to hole up indoors and focus on the stressors of daily life. For caregivers in particular who work in high-stress environments, taking the time to break the routine and relieve stress remain key. The Headspace app offers guided meditation to help caregivers take care of their mental health. 

The Headspace home screen displays different levels of meditation for caregivers to work through in the free version of the app. The levels also display how long that particular guided meditation will last for. Once a user selects the first session they would like to complete, the app opens an introduction animation explanation of how to best complete the meditation. 

As the intro to the meditation mentions, the most important aspect to having a successful meditation is finding a location where you will be undisturbed for the duration. Perhaps in the morning before you leave for work, immediately when you arrive home from work or right before bed would work well. Or, maybe your senior client would be interested in completing a guided meditation session with you. 

The actual session is an audio recording with a man explaining how to relax for the meditation. He explains how to sit and breathe in addition to what to focus on as you meditate. He moves slowly through the instructions, making them easy to follow and comply with. Caregivers with no meditation experience should find this a nice introduction. 

As caregivers complete more meditations, they can also visit the Series area of the app. Here users will see different categories of guided meditation, such as Sport, Health and Relationships. Each category has sub-categories of guided meditations for specific topics. For example, under Health there are meditations for Depression, Self-Esteem, Stress and Anxiety.  

The Singles library likewise contains individual meditations around more focused topics, such as Fear of Flying or Commuting. The meditations in this category last anywhere from 2 to 60 minutes, depending on the topic. Both the Series and the Singles meditations require a subscription to the app after having completed the first 10 free meditations. If caregivers find that the into meditations were helpful and a specific topic sticks out to them, they might want to consider subscribing to the service. 

The Headspace 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 

Stay Fit into the Fall Using Yoga App

Summer is almost gone, and with fall comes the tendency to spend more time indoors and sedentary. For senior caregivers, regular exercise can provide much-needed stress relief. Yoga offers a chance to get moving and improve flexibility while staying indoors. The Simply Yoga app teaches caregivers how to do complete different yoga exercises. 

When caregivers first open the Simply Yoga app, they will find a very basic home screen. One detriment to the app is the lack of labels on the home screen. Across the top, there are simply selections between 20, 40 or 60 minutes and underneath that numbers representing difficulty level. When users select a length and a difficulty number, the video program begins. 

The video introduces a pose by saying the name, describing the pose and how to effectively move your body to complete the pose. Poses in the program include Mountain Pose, Sun Salutation and Chair Pose. Users have the ability to move forward and backwards between the different poses using the buttons at the bottom of the screen, so if they miss part of the instructions they can listen again. 


In the background as the narrator talks, the app also plays background noise of waves in an ocean. This, along with the tone of the narrator's voice, is meant to help calm the user as they complete the exercises. In the settings area of the app, caregivers can turn this ocean waves sound on or off, as well as the pose sound and instructions sound within the app. 

The settings area of the app also offers a reminder day and time for notifications to complete a workout. Caregivers can complete these exercises in their living room, or with a senior client in their living room. Remember to use a mat, particularly if you should be exercising on a hardwood floor or a similar rough surface. 

For senior clients, yoga can offer a low-impact way to keep moving and improve flexibility. However, always check with their doctor before starting a new exercise plan and don't force any poses that might be too challenging for them. Participating in a yoga program together also gives you a chance to bond with your senior clients. 

The Simply Yoga app is available for Apple and Android platforms. While the interface itself leaves something to be desired in design, the videos themselves make for useful beginner educational tools. 

 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 

Find a Place to Take a Hike Before Summer Disappears Using App

As the summer winds down into the upcoming Labor Day weekend, you may be asking yourself if you did everything you wanted to this summer. Did you spend time outside, enjoying some fresh air before winter rolls around again? The good news is that even if you answered, "no" to that last question, you still have time to get out and go for a hike using the Hiking Project app.

Don't let the word, "hike" intimidate you. Some hikes could be considered more of a nice walk, depending on the elevation, ascent and descent throughout. For the flat hikes, a mobile senior caregiver could even join you for a short stroll to connect with nature a little bit. 

The Hiking Project app uses an actual map of your state to show areas where good hikes are available. Users can zoom in and out of different vicinities and see proposed hikes highlighted in green as they browse around. 

Once a caregiver picks an area they'd like to potentially go on a hike, they can click on the highlighted trail for more information. The details listed include: ascent, descent, high and low elevation, overall length and a photo. It also includes ratings from users, if available. A chart even shows the elevation compared to the length of the trail to give caregivers a visual representation of how challenging the walk would be. 

As users scroll down, they will find a detailed overview that lists hours, need to know information such as parking availability, further description of the trail including entrances, etc. Caregivers can check in at the trail within the app to keep track of which hikes they've already done, or add it to their To-do list to remind themselves to go there on a later date. 

Lists are also available to show the best hikes in your state, to help you choose if you have a few in mind. Going for a hike helps relieve caregiver stress. Consider an easy walk with a senior client to help get them moving enough to stay active and potentially prevent the onset of dementia. Then, put together a separate list of longer or more challenging walks that you'd like to go on yourself to relieve some stress. 

The Hiking Project app is available for Apple and Android platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discovers additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko 


Caregivers and Senior Clients Bond Over the Olympics Using App

Tonight the eyes of the world will be on Rio de Janeiro as athletes from 206 countries enter the opening ceremonies and prepare to compete in the games over the next two weeks. Senior clients may have a lifetime of fond memories of watching the Olympics every two years. Now senior caregivers have the opportunity to bond with their clients during the Rio games. Senior caregivers and their clients can keep up with the Olympic games over the next two and a half weeks using the NBC Olympics app. 

When users first download the app, they need to select whether or not they'd like to receive push notifications. For the more casual user, push notification might get annoying, but for someone looking to keep up with breaking news as the games progress, push notifications would be useful. The homepage of the app features Videos and News from Rio. Here users can read or watch the latest with Team USA, whether that be highlights from recent events or interviews. This area also includes a medal count which shows how many medals each top country competing has, and who has the most medals overall. 

Ask your senior client what their favorite few Olympic sports are and then navigate to the area marked, "See Today's Schedule." Here the list of events for the entire Olympics is broken down by day, with icons showing the various sports being played. If users click on a sport, they can see the specific event breakdown and the time it starts. For example, when clicking on "Swimming," it shows the list for that day including Men's 400 Freestyle Heats or Women's 100m Butterfly Semifinals. 

When users find an event they'd like to remember to watch, the app offers an alert button to flag it to remember to come back later. For the Schedule area, users can pick between listings for the online schedule or the local TV listings. It appears that the creators of the app have not yet pulled the TV listings into the app, but it does link users to the website in the time being. Users can even link their cable information into the app and stream games directly to their device. 

Use this as an opportunity to have fun with your senior clients. Ask them what their favorite events are or discover a new one that you've never watched before together. Ask about their memories watching the Olympics when they were younger, and how that experience might be different now. 

The NBC Olympics app is available for Apple and Android platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discovers additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko 

App Provides Basics of Braille for Senior Caregivers

Caregivers with clients who have impaired vision may need to coach them extra through specific activities. If a senior client can read Braille, they might be more independent. However, a senior caregiver would benefit from also being able to read basic Braille to help them through daily life when they encounter it. For senior caregivers, the PocketBraille app provides a learning and reference tool. 

The app provides basic categories for learning Braille, such as Alphabet, Numbers and Punctuation. Senior caregivers who want to learn the language might benefit most from sitting down with a notebook, pulling up individual letters and copying the specific symbol repeatedly. The alphabet section includes the symbols for both lower case and upper case letters. 

The app also provides reference for Contracted Braille, which is when one figure stands for a whole word. It breaks these down into One Letter Word Contractions or One Symbol Word Contractions. When people read or write Braille, they simply need to write this one letter or symbol to communicate the whole commonly used word, instead of spelling it out letter by letter. Examples of words represented by contractions include for, his, this, not, etc. 

The app also includes a section focused on Braille History, which explains that Braille was created in 1829, why it's represented as a series of dots and more. According to this section, the use of Braille has subsided in the past 30 years, but plenty of people with vision impairment still use it. 

Senior caregivers don't need to memorize everything in the app, but can rather use it as a reference if a senior client who is new to Braille gets stuck or they want to learn a few basics to read along with their senior client. A phone screen lacks the ability to raise the Braille characters and feel them in the same way a deaf person actually uses them to read. However, the app is useful for those with good vision to pick up the basics. 

The main capability that this app lacks is the ability to attempt to string together whole words. It would be nice if caregivers could practice writing a word or two, even if only to learn how to spell a senior client's name or write a simple sentence. 

The PocketBraille Reference app is available for Apple platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discovers additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko 


Stay Hydrated All Summer Using App to Track Water Intake

One of the key factors in beating the heat during the summer and staying healthy is drinking enough water to prevent dehydration. Particularly for senior clients, drinking water frequently throughout the day can mean the difference between a trip to the emergency room or a peaceful afternoon. The PlantNanny app helps senior caregivers track how much water their senior clients drink to keep them hydrated. 

When users first open the app, it requires them to create a profile detailing their weight and activity level. The app uses this information to determine how much water the user should be drinking in a single day. Caregivers who would like to use the app for a senior client should enter their client's information. 

Caregivers need to select if they'd like to measure the water in oz or ml. For caregivers in the United States, it will probably be easiest to select oz as most glasses and bottled water uses this measurement. Then, users receive their daily recommended water intake and select their plant. 

The plant within the app offers a visual representation of how much water you need to drink. As users drink more water each day, their plant grows more. Each plant has a fun little description, and users can customize the pot its planted in as well. Beginning choices for the plant include Devil's Ivy and Dandelion. Other options require users to trade in seeds within the app, which they can do at a later point. 

Once caregivers are ready to start tracking water, they need to create a new cup in the app. The app presents several different cup shapes and as users scroll through, they estimate the number of ounces each cup would hold. If users know the exact number on ounces in their cup, they can use the slider at the bottom to select that number. 


Throughout the day, as senior clients drink water, caregivers can hold down the water glass and it will record how much water they've drank. As users drink enough water each day, the plant grows accordingly. The app also presents a warning if you record too much water in too short of time to make sure users understand that drinking too much water too quickly can be dangerous. 

The PlantNanny App is available for Apple and Android platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discovers additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko 

Learn the Basics of Spanish to Better Communicate Using App

The Spanish-speaking population in the United States continues to grow at a rapid rate. For caregivers whose senior clients might not speak English as their first language, learning some of their language may help them feel better connected with you. It also may help you communicate better with them. The Breaking the Barrier app offers caregivers the ability to learn how to speak Spanish. 

When users first open the app, they will see that it starts with the very basics. The first module takes users through learning how to say the numbers 1 - 20. They are presented flashcard style, with the English word on one side and the Spanish word on the other. An audio button allows users to hear the pronunciation of the word, and then the app asks users to repeat it using the microphone on their device. 

Once a user correctly repeats a word to the satisfaction of the app, it will fly up to their learned words list. Users can revisit this list at any time using the arrow button in the top right corner of the app. The microphone in the app took a minute to figure out because it's unclear whether your audio is registering if you don't say the word exactly right the first time. Make sure the button at the top has moving bars as you speak and keep trying. Once it registers the first time, users will realize how it works. 

Other beginning categories within the app include: Days, months and seasons; In class and at home; Colors; Weather; Greetings; and Family. These categories provide vocabulary useful for caregivers who wish to engage in light conversation with their Spanish-speaking senior clients. The app has different levels, ranging from Beginner to Advanced, so caregivers can grow in their abilities with the app. 

Caregivers can also ask their senior clients if they'd like to help with learning words around the house and in conversation. If they're not fluent in English, you can have fun with helping one another learn by having conversations dedicated to comparing words for different objects, and even put post it notes with the Spanish and English translations for different words around the house on various objects. 

The Breaking the Barrier: Essential Spanish Vocabulary Flashcards app is available for Apple platforms.

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discovers additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko 

Add Your Steps Into Miles Using MapMyWalk App

Everywhere you turn these days, people are discussing how many steps they got today and if they've met the main goal of 10,000 throughout the course of their day. The FitBit craze has taken over. For senior caregivers who may not want to spend $100 or more on a wristband to count their steps, the MapMyWalk app offers an alternative to tracking light exercise. 

Going for a walk offers health benefits to senior caregivers and their clients alike. For senior clients who may not have ease of motion any longer and cannot participate in high-impact activities, walking provides a way to still get up and move while setting their own pace. For senior caregivers, walking can help get you out of the house and relieve stress. And, according to Harvard Health, as a form of moderate exercise, walking can improve cardiac risk factors such as cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, etc. 

When users first open the MapMyWalk app, they need to create an account. This allows caregivers to keep historical data of their walks to review and compare over time. Starting a new workout is easy. Caregivers simply need to click the "Record a Workout" button and make sure the proper exercise appears in the upper left corner. 

While the app's main focus is walking outdoors, other exercise types are available to track as well. Users can choose between stairs, walking on a treadmill, running, mountain biking, hiking and more. Once users select an activity, they can click the "Start Workout" button as they begin exercising. 

If caregivers don't have a specific route in mind, they can make it up as they go and the app will track it. Otherwise, if they'd prefer to have a set route ahead of time, the app offers a tool to see nearby routes that other runners have taken to help plan yours. For an additional fee associated with the MVP membership, users can use the Route Genius tool, which analyzes the map in your neighborhood and suggests the best path. 

As users go for their walk, the app tracks distance, duration, pace and calories burned. Don't think of this as a race against the clock, though. Take your walk at a pace that you feel comfortable with, especially if you have a senior client accompanying you. Once a workout is complete, it's stored in the workouts tab for future reference. Users can easily review how far they've walked over time on this tab. 

The app also features challenges that caregivers can opt into, if they so desire. These range in difficulty and requirements, such as walking a certain amount throughout the whole year. Users can also search for friends in the app to view their activity and send them encouragement. 

The MapMyWalk app is available for Apple and Android platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discovers additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko

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