Weather Forecast App to Prepare for Winter

With November comes the beginning of more unpredictable weather, whether it be cold, snow or ice. Senior caregivers and their senior clients need to take extra precautions if they live in a region with intense weather during the winter to help keep seniors warm and away from slipping hazards of snow and ice on the ground. Predictions for Polar Vortex related weather next week suggest a chilly start to winter for about a third of the nation. The AccuWeather app shows the detailed weather forecast by the hour for several days.

Checking the weather forecast helps senior caregivers prepare for what to expect, but vague forecasts of being "partly cloudy with a chance of showers" makes it difficult to know whether or not it will rain and when it might rain. The AccuWeather app features a two hour precipitation prediction screen, which allows the user to type in their exact location and use a wheel on the screen to scroll through the times in the next two hours. When the user selects a time and location, the screen displays how much precipitation will fall at that time in that place. This feature serves particularly useful when caregivers are deciding when to take their senior client to the store or to a flexible appointment because they can look at the precipitation expectations for the times they would be traveling before they make their plan of when to leave the house. 

The app also allows users to set up several different locations on their account so if seniors have loved ones in other cities, they can see what the weather is like there. The forecast also shows several days out, so caregivers can look at the forecast to see if a big snow is coming and be prepared if they need to get their senior client to an appointment on that particular day. It uses a visual graph to show temperature changes over several days ahead to show users when to expect a spike or dip in temperatures.  

The AccuWeather 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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