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

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 


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 

Rosetta Stone App Helps Caregivers: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

Senior caregivers may encounter senior clients or relatives of their senior clients whose first language is not English or who solely speak another language. The Spanish speaking population in America in particular continues to grow. To effectively communicate with senior clients or families of their senior clients, caregivers can use the Rosetta Stone app to learn the basics of one of 24 languages presented in the app. 

Learning another language consists of several different types of skills, so the Rosetta Stone app presents sample courses for free to introduce users to the basics of pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, reading and writing, if your device supports a keyboard. Each language also offers a core lesson, which ties the basics of the language together. 

Taking the lessons in a quiet and calm surrounding environment helps users focus solely on the app and particularly for the pronunciation section, be able to repeat the words and phrases through the phone microphone without interference. The free first level previews allow users to try out a language for free before they decide to purchase courses and more levels through Rosetta Stone. The lower level gives users an idea of how well they enjoy taking the language, how easily it comes to them and how long it would take them to go through the courses before they will be able to converse in that language.

The course design also gives caregivers the ability to pick and choose which aspects of the language that they work on the most. Caregivers only looking to communicate with family members of a senior client verbally might focus more heavily on pronunciation and vocabulary, while those who may need to e-mail with family members can narrow in on improving written and reading comprehension skills.

 

The Rosetta Stone 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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