Language App Teaches Caregivers Basics of Other Languages to Communicate With Senior Clients

For senior caregivers whose senior clients speak English as a second language, communication might be difficult. Sometimes, it might be easiest to try to communicate in their first language, whether that be Spanish, French or something different. The busuu app gives caregivers the ability to learn another language for basic communication.

When users first open the busuu app, they are given a list of languages to choose from. These include English, French, Spanish, German, Polish and more. Once users select the language they're interested in learning, they are taken to the home screen for that language. 


The first lesson is on how to greet people in that language. The lesson includes a series of phrases, such as Hello, Good Morning and Good Evening, with accompany text and audio of how to say that phrase in the chose language. Users can listen to the audio and repeat the phrase to practice. Then, as the move through the program, the app will toss in occasssional quizzes on prior phrases to help make sure you are retaining the information.

Once caregivers complete the lesson, they can take the brief quiz to verify that they've learned the words. Once they score well on the quiz, they can move onto the next lesson. Lessons 2, 3 and 4 focus on about me, conversations and appearances. These are all little things caregivers can use to interact with their senior clients and give them a sense of familiarity in their first language. If a senior client doesn't speak English, they may also be interested in learning the basics to keep their minds active. 

After caregivers complete lessons, they can see all of the words and phrases they've learned on the Review section of the app at any time. Users can also use the social section of the app to review works from users worldwide and correct mistakes.

The busuu 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

Learn American Sign Language to Better Communicate Using App

Many seniors grow hard of hearing as they age, while others may have been born deaf. American Sign Language (ASL) makes non-verbal communication easier for seniors who may not hear as well as they used to and offers a way to keep the brain active. Learn sign language for basic daily functions using The ASL App. 

Like learning any language, ASL has a basic alphabet to learn through signs. From the first two boxes on the homepage, users can choose to review the alphabet or basic numbers to form a foundation for understanding sign language. The app lessons are video based, with a person demonstrating each sign along with the words appearing on screen. Users have the option of viewing the video with the person in full screen mouthing the letters along with the signs, or a close up of just their hands. 

Every screen features an icon with a turtle inside of it. When users click on this icon, the video onscreen slows down to about half the original speed. This allows users extra time to form the shapes of the signs with their own hands and ensure that they match specifically with the configuration on screen. The videos are easy to follow and understand. The home screen displays the different category options for signs to learn next. 


After a set of signs plays, a menu will appear with options of how to proceed. Users can replay the previous video, replay it at a slower speed, or move on to the next video. In some cases, a lowercase "i" icon will appear and users can read more information about how to effectively complete the sign. For example, one of the tips reminds users to lower eyebrows when asking a question. 

The app offers a search function for specific words, and also provides the option to add more signs to the app. For $9.99, users can purchase all of the signs available, or select specific packages for lower amounts.  Some of the additional signs are free as well. 

Caregivers can use this app as a way to learn to better communicate with a senior client who may already know sign language, or as a tool to learn sign language along with their senior client. Keeping the brain active as seniors age is important for preventing the onset of dementia, and this provides a new way to communicate for seniors who have some hearing loss. 

The ASL 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


Easy Communication for Caregivers, Families Through App

Communication between caregivers and families of senior clients might not always sync up the way it should. The Carebridge app provides the ability to share information about a senior client with their families without needing to call them every time. 

When a user logs into Carebridge, they are immediately presented with the option to either create a new site or log into an existing site. When a caregiver creates a new site for him or herself or for someone else, he/she is presented with the option to pick a custom URL. For example, if a senior client is named Mary Smith, a caregiver could create the custom URL to be caring bridge.org/visit/marysmith if it has not already been claimed by another user. The caregiver can share this URL with anyone who needs access to the information. 

In oder to maintain privacy, the app offers three levels of security for the site a caregiver creates. Low privacy means that anyone with the URL can view the site created by the caregiver; medium privacy means that all visitors to the site must create an account and log in to view the information; and high privacy means that only people the caregiver invites to view the site can gain access. The privacy settings also address whether or not the site should appear in search results for the specific person's name.   

The site layout consists of five main areas: Journal, Guestbook, Photos, Planner and Tributes. Caregivers can use the Journal area to address any specific routine notes that family members may need to know, such as the last time a senior client took their medication or dietary restrictions. The Guestbook area and the Photos area offer an opportunity for loved ones to share moments with a caregiver's client. Grandchildren could stop by and write a little note to say hi or share a photo of a recent school project. The Planner area gives family members and caregivers alike a chance to arrange a client's schedule together. The Tributes area is for donations to the app creators to maintain the sites. Loved ones can submit a donation and write a tribute message regarding why they're donating money on that person's behalf. 

The CaringBridge 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

 

Pictures in App Help Seniors With Dementia Communicate

Caregivers working with senior clients who have dementia may find themselves in situations where talking leads to frustration. Something like mentioning a loved one that a client may have trouble remembering or a task like visiting the doctor can spike confusion for the client and become difficult for both of you to understand one another. The app appropriately called Communication Tool offers senior caregivers and their clients the ability to communicate using pictures about family members, foods & drink, personal care, etc. 

Images can be powerful as they serve as a sort of universal language. Seniors with dementia don't need to remember the exact words for what they need using the Communication Tool app. Instead they can simply pull up a photo of what they need. For example, under the personal care section of the app, there are icons of a toilet, a person sleeping in a bed, a pill, etc. If the senior client needs something specific, he/she can easily pull up the image on the app and share it with their caregiver without having to describe their needs verbally. 

 

Another use for the photos could be for enhanced story telling. If a loved one comes to visit, such as a grandchild, and wants to tell their grandparent about the new sport he/she's started playing, the Activities area of the app offers action shot icons of different sports. While a senior client may not immediately understand the description of soccer, a photo of a person kicking a ball might jog their memory or at least help them keep up with the story a little better.

Users also can take their own pictures and store them in the app for a customized experience. For example, under the people category, users can select Family and take photos of you, spouse, son, daughter, grandchild, etc. to have on hand. Additionally, there's an area for professionals such as doctors, dentists, eye doctors, etc. If a senior with dementia doesn't remember who someone is right away then a caregiver can store that person's photo in the app so next time they have a photo and label in advance.

The Communication Tool 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

Language Translation Made Easy for Caregivers

Senior caregivers with clients whose first language isn't English may have an easier time communicating with them in their primary language as they age. However, senior caregivers who are unfamiliar with the native language of their senior client may have difficulty communicating through gaps in language. The Google Translate app allows caregivers to translate back and forth between English and several foreign languages for clearer understanding. 

The Google Translate app accepts input via text or via voice entry. This makes it ideal for caregivers who may be struggling to understand a single word or phrase that their senior client is using in a foreign language. Instead of needing to spell it out into the app to look the word up, caregivers can simply hold the phone out and record what the senior client says. Then Google will translate the phrase into English. It also carries a handwriting feature, that can help translate handwritten text. Senior clients can write a word or phrase onto the box in the phone with their finger and google will display the typed text above. Then, users can hit translate to see the words in English.
 
Google translate doesn't work for total translation of longer blocks of text, though. It looks at each individual word in a sentence and translates it exactly word for word, meaning that the translation may be slightly off. However, it will provide the user with a general idea of what the phrase means. With 80 different languages in the app to chose from, Google translate offers basic translation services that caregivers can take advantage of to understand senior clients more effectively in a native language. 
 

The Google Translate 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

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