TimeTree App Allows Caregivers, Senior Clients to Easily Manage Schedules

Senior caregivers may find it difficult at times to remember everything going on with their senior clients. From doctor's appointments to family visits to coordinating work schedules, it's easy for the dates and times to blur together. Coordinating with the senior client's family also requires effective communication. The TimeTree app gives caregivers the ability to easily create and share calendars with other people.

When users first download the TimeTree app, they need to create an account by creating an initial calendar. This can be for general events or for something specific, like doctor's appointments. Caregivers also need to select a color to easily color code the events associated with that calendar.

Once they've done that, caregivers can invite others to collaborate on the calendar with them. This is ideal for those who work closely with senior clients' families to coordinate events and work schedules. Family members can also go in and keep any doctor's visits and other appointments up to date. The invite to use the calendar will be sent to them directly via email.

Once caregivers reach the home screen, they can add an event to the calendar by clicking the giant plus sign on the bottom center of the screen. Users can then fill in the requested information, including event title, date, time, notification time and more. The notification will remind caregivers of the event, and they can pick how far in advance. The default is 15 minutes, but caregivers may want to change it to an hour in advance to allow plenty of time to get where they need to be.

There are two calendar views available. Caregivers can view the entire month at a glance or pull up events in a detailed list organized from events happening soon to those happening farther out. If caregivers have multiple calendars, they can switch between them on the left panel in the app. Caregivers may find this particularly useful if they want to keep a shared calendar for their senior clients and a personal calendar for their own schedule outside of work.

The TimeTree 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

Keep Track of Tasks and Timelines in To Do List App

Caregivers have a lot to remember to do between the specific needs of their senior clients and their personal lives. Using the Todoist app, caregivers can easily track and plan for all of the errands and work tasks they need to complete. 

When caregivers first download the Todoist app, they will need to create individual profiles to store all of their tasks. The Todosit app breaks To Do lists down by which Project they fit in. The basic category options in Todoist include Personal, Shopping, Work, Errands and Movies to Watch. Caregivers can also add their own custom categories by clicking "Add Project" at the bottom of the main screen. 

Under each Project, users create a list of specific tasks. Caregivers specifically could create a Project for each senior client to organize specific work related tasks for each person instead of grouping them all together. Caregivers can also share the Project with other contacts if it involves splitting up tasks. This feature gives users the ability to collaborate and view the progress of others on their specific task lists. 

New tasks require a Name plus Project assignment, and optional fields include Due Date, Priority, and Parent tasks. For caregivers, a task such as going to the doctor with a senior client could be a parent task for going pharmacy to pick up and necessary medications. Caregivers also have the option to set reoccurring tasks, such as "take a walk for stress relief" on a daily basis. 

Once caregivers load several tasks into the app, they can click on the "Next 7 Days" area of the app to view a snapshot of the next week and how their due dates line up. Conveniently, to the right of each task in this view, caregivers can see which Project it belongs to. This makes it easy for caregivers to visualize their different obligations and determine how to best manage their time. 

When users complete individual tasks, they can mark them as such in the app and then the tasks appear greyed out with a line through them. A sorting view by level of priority also helps users figure out the order of importance. Unfortunately, reminders for task completion and labels cannot be accessed by free users. If caregivers would like access to these features, they must upgrade to the paid version of the app. 

The Todoist 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

Coordinate Senior Care Using Institute on Aging App

Senior caregivers need to keep track of a lot for their senior clients and communicate progress or issues back to their senior clients' families. Throughout the day it might seem easy to make a mental note, but it can be difficult to remember specific details later. Using the Senior Care Manager app from the Institute of Aging gives senior caregivers a place to record specific information and share it with the families of senior clients at the tap of a finger. 

When caregivers first create an account, they also need to create a "CareZone" profile for each of their senior clients who they would like to use the app to assist. Each CareZone profile has its own permissions attached to it. As such, caregivers can share one profile with the loved ones of their first senior client and a second profile with a different group of people without either group being able to access the other's private information. 

The basic profile for each senior client asks for contact information plus some additional medical and lifestyle information that can be helpful, such as blood type, allergies and faith. After the profile has been created, caregivers will see on the main screen that there's an icon of two people in the upper right hand corner. This designated area allows caregivers to Invite Others to use the app and access this profile. Once an invitation has been accepted, the other users have collaborative access to edit and update the information in the app as well as see everything that the caregiver posts throughout the day. 

The first two categories in the app offer News & Offers as well as Resources for senior caregivers. The News and Offers section pulls articles into the feed based on interests that users can select from a list such as Alzheimer's Disease, General Health, Migraines, etc. The Resources section focuses on the opportunity to e-mail an expert at the Institute on Aging for advice on a specific home care issue or to get information on services they offer for in-home services to financial matters. 

The rest of the categories offer collaborative care options for senior caregivers and the loved ones in their senior clients' lives. Caregivers can track medication history by taking a photo of the pharmacy label on the medicine or typing in instructions on dosage and frequency. They can set a reminder for when the medication should be taken as well as a refill reminder. This makes for easy coordination between different groups of people who might be spending time with a senior client on different days to stay on the same schedule. 

Other care documenting options include the Journal feature to record any important notes throughout the day, the calendar feature to share important appointments and the To Do area with tasks that need to be completed by a certain day. The Photos & Files area gives caregivers a place to share insurance numbers, instructions and any other pertinent information. Lastly, the Broadcast area allows caregivers to share audio clips for their senior clients loved ones to hear a little message through the app. 

The Senior Care Manager 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

Timeful App Managers Caregiver Schedules, Suggests Times for Tasks: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

Senior caregivers lead busy lives between their caregiving duties, children or loved ones they need to care for in their own lives and personal errands. The Timeful app allows users to enter the times of their set tasks, such as work or appointments, into the calendar and then suggests times for the flexible tasks, such as making a phone call or answering e-mails. 

Especially for caregivers who may not work the same hours every week or need to keep track of their senior clients' appointments in additional to personal appointments, scheduling can quickly become complicated. Having a well organized calendar that incorporates appointments and tasks helps relieve caregiver stress because there's less of a chance of forgetting to do something. 

The Timeful app first syncs with all existing calendars on your phone, so if you have a calendar in place through Google calendar or another platform, it will pull all of your appointments from there. Then it asks which one time tasks you would like to accomplish during the day, and it allows you to drag and drop them into the daily calendar around what's already scheduled. 

Caregivers who work varying schedules can enter in their work hours and any other standing personal appointments during a given week, and then select the option offered by the app to exercise three times per week. As a reoccurring feature, each week the app will suggest three times for you to spend a half an hour exercising to keep up with your goal. It also displays all day events at the top of the app and allows you to put a check mark next to tasks once you complete them. 

The Timeful 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


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