For senior caregivers, stress relief plays a large part in overall wellness. Caregiving can be a high-stress job, and caregivers might feel burnt out over time if they don't properly manage that stress. Effective methods of stress-relief include exercise, reading, taking a day off or meditation. The Meditapes app offers caregivers a tool to aid in meditation whenever they have time and wherever they are.
When caregivers first download and open the app, they must immediately decide between two soundboards. One features Keys and the other Drums. The Keys promise calming background noise, while the Drums offer deep, soft percussive sounds to help improve focus. In the paid version, caregivers can also pick between Cello and Guitar.
Once users have selected a soundboard, they can begin creating their meditative track. The app is entirely interactive. Caregivers are presented with a screen displaying gradient colors, and they can build their own track by tapping anywhere on it. With each tap, the app places a different tone and type of sound in place for a beat. It will play it repeatedly, and then caregivers can hit other places on the screen to add to the existing repeating track. A narrow circle is also created on the screen when you tap, and as the note plays out and gets softer, the circle expands. It adds a nice visual to the meditative experience.
Users can also change the type of drum being used on the track. The options include Cali Coast, Carribean Coast, Catskills, Great Lakes and more. Each one changes the overall tone of the track, and it offers a way to change up the tracks use by use.
Caregivers can listen to their audio creation on a loop for as long as they'd like. So they can create a track, and then sit or lay down with their eyes closed for a few minutes and listen to the track to destress at the end of a long day. When users close out of the track they're listening to, a screen pops up with a slider asking the user to rate their mood. The scale uses a simple smiling or frowning face to represent the mood options.
If caregivers create a track that they like a lot, they also have the option to save it for future listening or to share it with a friend. The Share option pre-populates an e-mail that caregivers can easily send to others to download the app.
The Meditapes 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