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

Medicare Open Enrollment Deadline on the Horizon

If you or someone you know receives Medicare benefits, now is the time to review that coverage. Open enrollment for supplemental Medicare insurance, also known as Medigap, started on October 15 and ends on December 7. Seniors can change their Medicare supplemental health and drug coverage only during this open enrollment period.

Medicare is the government-sponsored healthcare coverage for Americans over 65 years of age. However, Medicare does not cover all healthcare costs. That’s why, during this open enrollment period, the elderly and senior caregivers can shop around for Medigap insurance.

Medicare supplemental insurance helps pay the "gap" between what Original Medicare (Medicare Parts A and B) pays for your health care and what you pay out of your own pocket, including deductibles, copayments and coinsurance. There are four parts to Medigap insurance:

  • Part A: hospital insurance
  • Part B: medical insurance
  • Part C: Medicare Advantage (offered by private companies approved by Medicare, like an HMO)
  • Part D: prescription drug coverage

If a senior already has a Medicare Advantage plan or a stand-alone Part D plan, they will have received an Annual Notice of Change (ANOC) and/or Evidence of Coverage (EOC) from their plan. This is the time to review the plan's costs, benefits and rules for the upcoming year. Changes made to coverage will take effect January 1 of the next year.

It is recommended that you compare prices for all of your supplemental insurance. Caregiverlist has partnered with eHealth Medicare to provide Medicare Supplemental Insurance plan quotes outside “the Marketplace”. We invite you to shop around by going through this trusted Medicare Supplemental site or by calling 888-353-4215.

Understand the difference between the Fall Open Enrollment Period and Open Enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplaces. The Health Insurance Marketplaces (also known as Exchanges) open enrollment for uninsured or underinsured Americans that began on October 1, 2013 has nothing to do with Medigap or Medicare supplemental coverage. The Marketplaces are not meant for people with Medicare. People with Medicare do not change their Medicare supplemental insurance through the government's HealthCare.gov.

Caregiver Stress Relief Photo of the Week

Caregivers employed with senior care companies know the realities of caregiver stress. Caregiverlist invites all family caregivers and professional caregivers to take a moment for relaxation with our photo of the week and inspirational quote. This week's photo features bouquet of pink tulips especially for caregivers. Thank you dear caregivers for caring for our seniors and please refer your friends to apply for part-time and full-time job positions on Caregiverlist.com and visit our career center for additional career tools.

Caregiver Stress Relief Photo Pink Tulips

"Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later."

Og Mandino

 

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

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