Diabetes Management App For Caregivers and Clients

Monitoring sugars and insulin on a regular basis to manage diabetes can seem like a daunting task. The mySugr LogBook app provides caregivers the ability to track their carbohydrate intake, blood glucose levels and insulin therapy for customized diabetes management. 

When users first create an account in the app, it asks that they complete a detailed profile regarding their individual experience with diabetes. Basic fields include type of Diabetes (Type 1, Type 2, Gestational, etc.), year of diagnosis, insulin therapy and body weight. It also verifies measurement units for carbohydrates and insulin for accurate tracking. 

The universal functionality of this app comes in the ability to customize your experience to best meet your personal health needs. If you have Type 2 diabetes and simply need to watch your carb intake but have no insulin therapy in place, you don't have to use the insulin fields. If you have Type 1 diabetes, there's a field to track your blood glucose levels several times a day.  

In addition to simply entering your numbers, the log also offers a multitude of other factors to attach to each entry, such as time of day, whether a reading was taken before or after a meal, if you've been exercising, or overall mood. This will help caregivers notice trends over time in their data, such as consistently low readings after exercising. This data can be shared with medical professionals if needed, too, using the data export to PDF option. 

A chart on the home screen shows blood glucose levels over time in a nice visual so users can see if their readings have dramatically risen or dropped at any point during the day. Other log options include noting when a user is feeling particularly high or low, regardless of their readings. A challenges area also provides activities for users to join, such as the Walk for a Cure or Endurance. Both activities are designed to support research for diabetes to help establish a cure. 

The mySugr LogBook 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

Identify Objects for the Vision Impaired Using App

For caregivers working with senior clients who have visual impairments, tasks as simple as moving around the house to find something can take significantly longer. An app called TapTapSee is designed to offer more independence to the visually impaired by identifying objects using the phone's camera. 

The app design and usage of TapTapSee is basic yet effective. As soon as users open the app, they find themselves at a screen where they can aim their phone camera at an object, take a picture and hear a detailed description of the item using the VoiceOver function on their phone.

The test photos I took using the app came back with accurate and detailed descriptions of the items. Beyond simply identifying that an item in a picture is a watch, the app goes a step further and describes the color, design and brand of the watch all from seeing a photo of the face. Likewise, it correctly identified a brand and color of nail polish when I pointed my camera at that. It even closely described a photo of a ceramic box detailed with skulls around the edges. 

If multiple items appear in a photo, the app also identifies every item in the photo. Users could take a photo of a table top and quickly hear if the item they're searching for is laid out on that table. Most photos seem to take ten seconds or less to identify, making this app effective for real time use in the home. The camera focused the photos well, even during slow movement, so clarity shouldn't be an issue. 

The downside, however, is that the app doesn't store past searches to revisit later. While most users only need the information once in real time, having the photos stored could help them show a caregiver a photo of an item they need again at a later date or recall where a specific item was left the last time they searched for it. 

Users do also have the ability to use their photo library to import a photo into the app for identification. The app offers new users 100 free photo identifications each, and after that point users can purchase packages for more identifications. 

The TapTapSee app is available for Apple and Android 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

Find Recipes and Designated Meal Ingredients Delivery Service Using App

For senior caregivers, planning a nutritious meal can not only be difficult in terms of deciding on a recipe and figuring out the correct portions, but also in shopping for ingredients. We've all had the moment when a recipe calls for two tablespoons of something like buttermilk and the remainder of the half gallon we bought then goes unused. The Blue Apron app includes an optional service that sends users predetermined recipes and the exact measurement of ingredients needed to make that recipe each week. 

When users first open the Blue Apron app, they are presented with the option to create a new user account or browse as a guest. Guests have all of the same options to view recipes, but if they would like to use the meal delivery service then they need to create an account. Even if users have no interest in using the delivery service, they can still see full recipes including ingredients lists and instructions to shop for the ingredients themselves. 

Caregivers can search the recipe catalog by type of food or ingredient, or they can browse the menu put together by the chefs at Blue Apron for that particular week. Once caregivers find a recipe they're interested in making, they can click on the title to read more about it. Directly under the recipe title users can see the number of serving and calorie total for each serving, the amount of time it will take to make the recipe and if it is vegetarian. 

Under the directions for each recipe, the chefs also offer tips and tricks specific to cooking that particular recipe, such as "How To: Hold a Chef's Knife." The directions also include step by step photographs in the app for caregivers to follow along with at home. The recipes are created specifically to feed two or four people, as the subscription service includes three recipes per week.

Users can save favorite recipes and take photographs of their own food once it's made to save alongside the recipe. They can even add fun filters and effects, such as animated steam or a chef's hat graphic, to their photo before sharing it on social media sites. The app is easy to navigate and users who decide to sign up for the subscription service can also manage their upcoming meal choices and delivery preferences within the app. 

The Blue Apron 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

Golf Fans Follow U.S. Open Play Using Official App

Senior caregivers and their clients alike may find an enjoyable pastime in watching or playing golf. The U.S. Open golf tournament is taking place at the Chambers Bay golf course this week through Sunday and senior caregivers can follow along with the games and learn more about the course using the USGA U.S. Open app. 

When users first open the U.S. Open app, a homepage greets them with a list of the overall tournament leaderboard. Each hole on the golf course is assigned a number of hits the player should take to successfully move the ball from the tee to the hole in that round. This is referred to as the par for the hole. The player with the least number of hits overall wins. The Leaderboard shows the players and their score based on if they are over or under par. 

The Leaderboard also features individual player profiles with information on their home country, age and statistics on their playing abilities such as average driving distance and no. of putts. The leaderboard automatically updates every 30 seconds to keep users up to date on the proceedings of the game. 

Users also have the option to watch a livestream of the tournament itself or video highlights and recaps. If users would prefer to read about previous plays, another section called "The Latest" features articles such as "Round 1: Notable and Quotable" to keep users who may not have been able to watch live a recap of previous events. 

Another fun interactive feature of the app gives users the opportunity to learn the specifications of the course through hole by hole maps and flyover videos. The description of the each hole shares the challenges that golfers may face there and the expected strategic shots they will take. The locator portion of the app givers users the ability to keep up with players' movements on each hole in real time by identifying which player is at the hole and their specific location within the course. 

Senior caregivers and their senior clients may find that watching golf a relaxing way to spend a few hours in the afternoon. Since it's a relatively low stress and slower moving game than other sports like basketball or football, it's easy for senior caregivers or their clients to quickly pick up the rules as they watch.

Even if caregivers are watching the game live on TV, the app provides information to enhance their understanding of the players and the course. The U.S. Open started on June 15 and continues through Sunday, June 21. 

The U.S. Open 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

Bathroom Finder and Review App Offers Help in a Pinch

For senior caregivers who may be out with their senior clients running errands or going to/from an appointment, the need to use the restroom can strike unexpectedly. When those moments strike, trying to find the nearest bathroom can be stressful. Some places you would expect to have bathrooms might not, and others might not be accessible or incredibly dirty. Luckily, the Sit or Squat app offers a location based bathroom finder map along with user reviews to help caregivers find and available restroom easily. 

When users first download the app, they need to give permission for it to use their location and then it brings up the map showing the area they're in. On the map, restrooms are indicated with toilet paper roll icons. Clean or recommended restrooms are displayed in green while dirtier or poorly reviewed restrooms are shown in green. The green icons accompany a message that the toilet is clean enough to sit on, while the red icons warn users it's better to squat when using that restroom. 

Previous users who visited the bathrooms can leave comments and attach pictures to the bathroom detail on the app. A filters setting on the lower right side of the app brings up options to sort by certain specifications, such as For Free, Handicap Accessible, Baby Changing Table or Sits Only. The Sits Only option only displays the green toilet paper rolls, or bathrooms with good user ratings. Caregivers who have senior clients who need a handicap accessible bathroom in particular will find this feature useful so they don't need to go to several locations before they find a bathroom that meets their client's needs. 

When a caregiver decides on which bathroom they'd like to visit, the app also offers the option to transport the address information into a maps app such as Google Maps for easy step by step navigation. Once caregivers visit a bathroom, they also have the option to rate the bathroom, leave a comment, or flag it if there was misinformation or the restroom has closed, etc. 

The Sit or Squat 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

Sleep Better Using Natural Sleep Cycle App

Waking up in the morning after sleeping the whole night and feeling tired anyways feels like you've been cheated by nature somehow. Understanding your natural sleep cycles along with the proper amount of sleep you should get in a night helps senior caregivers feel more refreshed and prepared for the day. The Sleep Time app provides users with the ability to set an alarm to wake them up during the lightest part of their sleep cycle. 

When caregivers first create an account, the Sleep Time app tracks their sleeping patterns for the first few nights and establishes when the user is in their deepest sleep. The app uses movement detected by the phone to help determine this so users need to keep their phone on their mattress. The alarm portion of the app is set for a half an hour window. The app determines when you are in your lightest sleep cycle within that half an hour and wakes you up gradually then. 

A main page displays the current time and the alarm options for users to choose from. Users indicate if they've had caffeine, ate late, worked out, had a stressful day, consumed alcohol or are not sleeping in their bed before setting their alarm so the app can make informed conclusions about their sleep cycle. 

To help users who live in noisy environments fall asleep peacefully at night, the Soundscapes feature provides noise such as Gentle Waves for a user selected period of time. Additional Soundscape options are available in the paid version of the app. Users also may adjust volume level and settings such as whether or not to start a Soundscape when the alarm is set. 

Getting enough sleep contributes to stress relief as well as mental and physical wellness. For caregivers in particular, taking time to unwind and get full rest every night plays a big part in maintaining a stressful lifestyle. If you're having issues sleeping through the night or waking up tired regularly, try to avoid caffeine and other stimulants too close to bedtime. 

The Sleep Time 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

Summer Exercise Through Swimming App

Summer is right around the corner and with it comes the opportunity to get outdoors, enjoy the sun and get fit. Swimming offers an effective cardiovascular workout while being gentle on the joints. Senior caregivers and their senior clients can enjoy the activities together or senior caregivers can track time spent before or after work taking a few laps in the pool with the Speedo Fit app. 

The Speedo Fit app features swimming tracking and goals for beginners through advanced swimmers. When users first create an account, they set goals in the app for distance to swim. Beginners can choose to start off with a goal track called "Bathtub to 500m." It features weekly distance milestones that gradually increase until they hit the 500 meter mark. This may be a simple starting point for a more capable senior client or for caregivers new to swimming for fitness. The app also offers milestones and challenges for more experienced swimmers, such as "3K in 6 Weeks." 

The Swim Tips section of the app shares suggestions for how to improve a work out. The Swim Coach area features specific guided exercise plans designed to increase endurance and speed or improve technique. This section also provides informational videos on how to properly complete various strokes, such as the freestyle, backstroke or butterfly. It even includes an area devoted to tips for swimmers new to fitness swimming. The tips vary from pool rules and guidelines about which lane to use to what to bring with you and what gear to wear (googles, swim cap, etc.)

The Gear section expands on what's needed to get started as a new swimmer. Since the app is put together by Speedo, the gear area offers users the ability to view products and shop directly in the app. Caregivers can also take notes on what's presented in the app and shop for the items at a store of their choosing. 

Senior clients can use the app primarily for different stroke demonstrations and adapt to swim at their own pace. Even light physical activity can help seniors maintain mobility. Caregivers can accompany them to the pool and spend a little time doing a few laps on their own to help with stress relief. 

The Speedo Fit 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

 

Guided Workouts in Spare Seven Minutes with App

For senior caregivers, finding the time to go to the gym or for a run three times a week can be difficult. However, working out doesn't need to take up a lot of time and energy. Caregivers only need seven minutes for workouts using the Women's Health 7M Fitness app. 

When users first open the app, they are greeted with a basic home screen featuring a large start button and a menu underneath with Workouts, Calendar, Track Weight and More Apps. When users press the Start button, it launches them immediately into their first work out. Workouts consist of individual moves repeated for a certain amount of time, such as a No Rope Jump Rope, Squat Lunge or Mountain Climber.

However, the pictures within the app showing during the workout don't always give the user the best sense of how to fully execute the move. Users ideally should spend time in the Workout button on the menu first to view individual videos demonstrating how to execute each move before they start their workouts. In fact, when users first begin using the app, it would be beneficial to spend the first session or two watching the video clips for each move and practicing them. That way, when caregivers are in the timed exercises they can spend time performing the move instead of trying to figure out how to do it correctly. 

When inside the timed workouts, a ticker counts down how long caregivers should spend on each exercise and a voice guides users through when to rest and which exercise is next. The workouts combine 10 moves to help women burn fat in what little time they have available. After users have begun to exercise on a regular basis, they can view the calendar to see which days the completed a work out and plan ahead for when to incorporate workouts in the upcoming weeks. 

The weight tracker component also allows users to enter their weight and see how it changes over time. The More Apps area offers similar apps for download from the same company, some of which target more specific fitness goals such as Fit Abs, Fat Burn or Arms. 

The Women's Health 7 Minute Workout 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

Garden Planning App for Caregiver Stress Relief

Gardening offers a lovely spring and summertime activity for senior caregivers to relieve stress and for their senior clients to get outdoors for an hour or two to get some light physical activity. The process of planning and planting a garden helps keep senior minds active and prevent onset of dementia. Using the Burpee Garden Time app, senior caregivers and their clients can plan out the various plants they'd like to grow in their garden. 

When users first open the app, they are met with a blank white screen with a single button at the bottom reading, "Let's Get Started." The blank screen makes it seem as though something is still loading or missing, but once users hit the button it takes them to the actual homepage to browse plants. The plants are broken into three categories: vegetables, herbs and flowers.

Each plant features its own page with Growing Instructions, Videos and information on Planting Dates. Notably, the Planting Dates information specifies the best way to grow that particular plant, whether it's ideal to begin growing them indoors and transfer them to the garden later or to sow the seeds directly in the garden.

To get the most accurate planting instructions, users should create an account with their location. With a location in place, the app offers a specific range of dates to sow the vegetable based on the needs of the plant. Even caregivers or senior clients who may not have their own designated garden space can grow a few different plants in large pots on balconies, porches or just outside of the door to their house. 

Topics for the in-app videos include information on different types of that plant, caring for that plant, common diseases for that plant and how to sow that particular plant. The My Garden area of the app also offers users the ability to look at all of the plants they've chosen for their garden and the Planner sets upcoming tasks for users to complete. The Weather area also provides the local forecast.

Caregivers can use gardening as a way to get outside, connect with nature and focus on something other than the stressors in their daily life. For their senior clients, gardening provides an opportunity to go outside and flex a few of their muscles in a low intensity way.  

The Burpee Garden Time Planner 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

Navigate and Plan Trips in the City with Mapping App

For a senior or a senior caregiver, navigating a big city and knowing the fastest way to get from point A to point B can be difficult. With cities becoming more congested than ever, knowing the best form of transportation in real time can help senior caregivers and their clients save time. Using the CityMapper app, senior caregivers can see the estimated amount of time it would take to get someplace by walking, riding a bike, taking a cab or using public transportation. 

When users first open the app, the home screen offers a main function option of "Get Me Somewhere." When users click on this button, the app assumes their start location to be their current location from GPS data and asks for an end location. As soon as users begin typing in the name of their end location, the app searches for it letter by letter for quick results. 

If users want to start from a different location than their GPS data supplies, all they have to do is type in an address or a landmark. Once users set the start and end points, a "Results" screen pops up with various transportation options. The walking and biking options offer an estimated number of calories to be burned, which can be useful for the caregiver looking to relieve stress and fit some exercise into their schedule. 

The results appear in Classic mode or Live mode. Classic is best used for planning future trips, such as planning how long it would take to get to the doctor for an appointment tomorrow afternoon or estimating how long it will take to get to an event tomorrow. The Live mode offers real time estimates considering current traffic and bus or train tracking data.

Additionally, in the Live tab, the cab option offers real time estimates for the fare cost of riding with nearby Uber drivers. The public transit data in the Live option offers tracking data on the next buses and trains so caregivers know exactly when to leave to catch the next ride on their line. The app even offers a feature that alerts the user when they're nearing their stop so they know when to get off their public transit bus or train. That feature is particularly useful for first time riders of a certain line who might not be familiar with the route. 

The CityMapper 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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