For caregivers who lead hectic lives, setting and achieving goals can be much easier said than done. When you're busy working with senior clients, sometimes on a changing schedule, you can have every intention of making a change in your personal life, but then not lay out the steps to get where you want to be. Whether this pertains to exercise, healthy eating habits or even just taking some time for stress relief every week, the Today app gives caregivers a tool to easily track their habits.
When caregivers first open the app, they don't need to create an account to use it. It takes them to a screen with an optional tutorial of the app, and it instructs them to click the plus sign to get started. Caregivers first need to name their habit. It can be a phrase, such as "Go to the gym."
The next screen displays options for when users would like to complete this activity. The options include a frequency, such as daily, monthly or weekly, and an option for which specific days of the week they'd like to do that activity. If you choose weekly or monthly, they can designate how many times each week or month, too. There's also a place for caregivers to decide if they'd like to be able to check in as doing that activity multiple times a day.
Then the app gives caregivers the option to set up reminders to complete their tasks. It will only display on the days the user has a task to complete at the time they select. Then they need to designate the start date for their task. It can be the day they're setting it up, or any date they choose in the future. Then the final step to set-up for a new habit is to pick a "cover" for the habit. There are a lot of different photos for caregivers to choose from.
The home screen for that goal will display the cover photo with the goal summary, and if users click the progress circle in the upper right corner, they can "check in" to track their activity. If they scroll down, they can see a calendar with how frequently they've completed the activity to track their progress. Here, caregivers can also see a summary of their current streak and longest streak for completing the activities.
The Today 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