Habit Tracker App Helps Caregivers Get Organized

For caregivers who lead hectic lives, setting and achieving goals can be much easier said than done. When you're busy working with senior clients, sometimes on a changing schedule, you can have every intention of making a change in your personal life, but then not lay out the steps to get where you want to be. Whether this pertains to exercise, healthy eating habits or even just taking some time for stress relief every week, the Today app gives caregivers a tool to easily track their habits. 

When caregivers first open the app, they don't need to create an account to use it. It takes them to a screen with an optional tutorial of the app, and it instructs them to click the plus sign to get started. Caregivers first need to name their habit. It can be a phrase, such as "Go to the gym." 

The next screen displays options for when users would like to complete this activity. The options include a frequency, such as daily, monthly or weekly, and an option for which specific days of the week they'd like to do that activity.  If you choose weekly or monthly, they can designate how many times each week or month, too. There's also a place for caregivers to decide if they'd like to be able to check in as doing that activity multiple times a day.

Then the app gives caregivers the option to set up reminders to complete their tasks. It will only display on the days the user has a task to complete at the time they select. Then they need to designate the start date for their task. It can be the day they're setting it up, or any date they choose in the future. Then the final step to set-up for a new habit is to pick a "cover" for the habit. There are a lot of different photos for caregivers to choose from. 



The home screen for that goal will display the cover photo with the goal summary, and if users click the progress circle in the upper right corner, they can "check in" to track their activity. If they scroll down, they can see a calendar with how frequently they've completed the activity to track their progress. Here, caregivers can also see a summary of their current streak and longest streak for completing the activities. 

The Today 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

Improve Sleep Using Personalized Suggestions from App

Getting to sleep and sleeping through the entire night to wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day can be tougher than it sounds. Especially for senior caregivers who work stressful jobs, sleep is important to refresh and recharge for the next day. Whether you have trouble turning off your continuously running thoughts to fall asleep, often wake up in the middle of the night or wake up feeling just as tired as when you fell asleep, the Sleepio app can help. Sleepio asks specific questions to analyze your personal sleep quality and suggests changes for improvement. 

New users are greeted by a cartoon professor upon downloading and opening the new app. He explains overall purpose of the app then leads the user through questions to diagnose what specific problems you experience, i.e. getting to sleep, staying asleep, etc. The app also looks for information on how frequently your sleep is disrupted and how long you've experienced the same issues, then it assigns a sleep score to determine your overall quality of sleep based on your responses. Users who have an outside program such as FitBit that tracks their sleep for them can also import the data into Sleepio for a more personalized recommendation. 

Once users have gone through about ten minutes of intro questions and set up, the program finalization is done. There are two options for users to choose from- during the day, or a sleep session. The beginning of the sleep program describes how sleep is affected by emotions and stress, and then the guided personal suggestions begin. The app talks users through negative thoughts, unhealthy behaviors, daily schedule and lifestyle changes over a six week program. 

The Sleepio app is free for Apple products and offers a seven day trial for new users. After that, to continue the program users must pay a subscription fee. 

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

Pinterest App Provides Search, Organization for Projects and Recipes: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

Sometimes browsing the internet for a new household project, recipe or fitness routine can result in many great finds without a cohesive way to organize and save them for future use. The Pinterest app and accompanying website allow users to search through their database of user content and "pin" it to various of their own boards for future use. 

The Pinterest database is sorted into different categories for easy browsing. Some categories that senior caregivers may find most useful in finding activities to share with their senior clients are DIY & Crafts, Health & Fitness and Gardening. Finding projects to help senior clients switch up their routines and work their brains hold many positive benefits. Exercising the body and mind on a regular basis helps with dementia prevention. An activity like gardening can get seniors moving as well as stimulate the mind. Additionally, caregivers can use the Food & Drink section to browse through new recipes to make for themselves or share with their senior clients. 

Once a user finds content they'd like to save on the site, they can "pin" it to one of the boards attached to their profile. For example, caregivers can create a board for recipes, another for projects and a third for pictures they find relaxing or funny. When a caregiver comes across a recipe they'd like to make next week, then they can click the button at the top right of the screen that says, "Pin It" and a new screen will pop up asking which board the user would like to pin it to. When caregivers save content to a board, then it will remain there indefinitely for users to come back to and view whenever they'd like.

Pinterest also offers the chance to follow other users and view what they pin, so if you have friends who use the site you can view their boards as well. Users can view the website and the app interchangeably for ease of accessing content.

 

The Pinterest 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

 

Alive and Well App Provides Wellness Tips to Support New Years Resolutions: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

 

The beginning of a new year brings New Years Resolutions to improve our lives. Eating healthier, exercising and keeping better track of budgets rank among the more common resolutions. Senior caregivers can incorporate wellness into their daily lives in 2014 using the Alive and Well app, which offers resources and tips to develop an overall healthy lifestyle. 

The home screen of the app shares a "Health Tip of the Day" which range from a suggested food to include in your diet to explaining the correlation between aging and lifestyle. To ensure healthy aging, the tip suggests seniors exercise and maintain a healthy diet. The app also features coupons and specials for the Alive and Well store, which is based in Ohio. Users can purchase items at the physical location or online for shipment if they live in a different part of the country. They offer gluten free, organic and vegan items for caregivers or their senior clients who may have dietary restrictions. 

Another portion of the app breaks down recipes into user-friendly categories such as Time Savers, Easy, Elegant Entrees, Macrobiotic, Delectable Desserts and Low Fat & Low Calorie. Once you select a category, you can browse through all the recipes until you find one that suits your needs. There is a vast variety of recipes featured- from Curried Split Pea Soup to Sauerkraut and Tempeh Skillet.

The various parts of the app connect well together and allow the overall user experience to flow. Even though the app is created by a store, it features wellness first and advertising for their products as a secondary thought, which leaves the main focus on living a healthy lifestyle.

 

The Alive and Well 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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