Fooducate App Offers Nutrition Label Scanning and Tracking: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

Planning meals for yourself and your senior clients while adhering to dietary restrictions or simply trying to eat healthy can be tough. Food products that seem healthy may be deceiving, like a low-fat item with additional salt or sugar than the original. 

Senior caregivers can take the mystery out of reading labels at the grocery store with the Fooducate app. Instead of staring at a label and analyzing all of its parts before deciding whether the food inside the box is dinner-worthy, Fooducate offers a label scanning service that provides a brief breakdown of the nutritional value of a product. By holding your smartphone over the barcode of a product, you can see the calories per serving, warnings of high levels of sugar, fat, artificial coloring and a letter grade for the product showing how healthy (or unhealthy) it is. 

This app can be particularly useful when determining between different brands of a similar product. A brand name product might have surprisingly more fat than a generic version, for example. It also provides options for gluten free or other dietary restrictions to help alert you of products you should avoid. Alerts appear with a red exclamation mark next to them, while positives of a product appear with a green check mark. The product below, for example, is 100% whole wheat, which provides more fiber than similar white crackers. 

The app also offers nutrition tracking services through logging what you eat throughout the day. The scanning option may be used to log food as well as simply searching a dish name, such as "scrambled eggs." Foods you can be marked at "liked" or "disliked" for future reference. 

Currently it is available for Apple products and Android. There is a free version as well as a paid version with more features. 

"GET FOODUCATED!

Lose weight by eating REAL food! Fooducate grades your food, explains what's really inside each product, and offers healthier alternatives. We've got the largest database of UPC-based nutrition information - over 200,000 unique products and growing."

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 to relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist.

-Paige Krzysko

 

EasyFamily App Gives Seniors Simple Social Media Access: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

 

For seniors, having loved ones to check in with and talk to for mental health can be just as important as maintaining physical health. These days, staying connected to friends and family has become a matter of simply pressing a “follow” or “friend”button on a social media site, but most of these are geared towards the technology-savvy younger generation. Now senior caregivers can help their clients get plugged in and online.

 

EasyFamilyApps offers simplified access to Facebook, Skype and other social sharing services so that seniors can log on and see what their loved ones are showing them without having to learn the individual applications. The application also allows seniors and caregivers to set medication and appointment reminders to stay on track with their health and doctor's appointments. Creating a video chat on Skype takes only two clicks, and there are far fewer buttons on this app than on the separate Facebook and Flickr apps.

 

For caregivers, this application offers the chance to connect senior clients with their loved ones on a daily basis. By downloading it and encouraging family of the senior to send updates a few times a week, a senior will be able to feel in the loop of their day-to-day lives. When your senior clients' granddaughter has a soccer game and her mom posts a picture or video of her scoring the winning goal, your senior client will feel included in that moment. Ongoing contact with loved ones makes a huge difference in mental health during the aging process.

 

The creator of the app is called Family Ribbon and the app itself is called EasyFamily AppSuite. It comes with a step-by-step manual to help introduce seniors to the app and take them through the various features. Currently it is available for Apple, Android and Windows Tablets and is described below:

 

"Get all generations of your family online with the 7-in-1 AppSuite designed for new users, especially with older users in mind. "

 

The cost is a one-time fee of $9.99. 

 

For more information, watch this introductory video: 

 

Family Ribbon introductory video from EasyFamilyApps.com on Vimeo.

 

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 to relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist.

 

-Paige Krzysko

 

 

Technology and Senior Caregiving

Not surprisingly, tech-savvy web users are increasingly turning to the Internet for information and tools to help facilitate their family caregiving needs.

e-Connected Family Caregiver: Bringing Caregiving into the 21st Century, released in January 2011 by the National Alliance for Caregiving and UnitedHealthcare, found more than two-thirds of family caregivers who already use some form of technology would find web-based senior care tools to be of great benefit.

The study revealed the applications with the greatest perceived potential and helpfulness included web-based systems for caregiver coordination, caregiving decision support and caregiver training simualtion.

According to UnitedHealthcare, “Caregivers were most receptive to technologies that help them deliver, monitor, track or coordinate their loved one‟s health care.” Most would welcome technology that would better allow them to care for their seniors at home.

The most requested services with the lowest perceived barriers include:

  • Personal Health Record Tracking: Caregivers reported that a website or computer software that could help them keep track of their care recipient‟s personal health records, including his or her history, symptoms, medications and test results, would be helpful to them.
  • Caregiving Coordination System: Caregivers indicated that a shared electronic log for their loved one’s doctor appointments and other caregiving needs would be helpful. With this tool, caregivers could request support in their duties, and friends and family members could sign up to help on certain dates and times.
  • Medication Support System: A device that reminds the patient about his or her prescription medications and dispenses pills when they should be taken. This device would also provide directions on how to take each pill and alert the caregiver when the dosages were not removed from the device within a certain time period.

“Caregivers know that technology can be used to help them understand their loved one‟s conditions and find resources and even support,” said Gail Hunt, CEO and president of the National Alliance for Caregiving.

And although more than three quarters of those surveyed said that they are most likely to trust a medical website, like WebMD or MayoClinic.com, for recommendations on caregiving technology, caregiving websites and caregiver forums on the Internet were also listed as credible information sources. You can read more about Caregiverlist’s mission to provide trusted caregiver support here.

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