Nowadays almost everyone has a smartphone or tablet. We highly recommend all our live-in carers have at least one. The reason? Apps.
Whether for fun, travel or accommodation there are many apps that can make our carer’s lives just a little bit easier.
Here’s our list of the top apps for our live-in carers:
If I’ve missed out your favourite ‘must have’ app, then visit our Violet Care Facebook page or log on to Violet Care Connect and share it with our other carers.
As a live-in carer, travelling around the UK is part of the job. You could load up your phone with 10 different apps but that makes planning a journey frustrating and time-consuming. Journey Pro is a great app (free version available with ads: iOs Android) which has everything you need to plan a journey anywhere in the country. Particularly good for navigating the London Underground, it provides up-to-the-minute journey options. It also provides maps and journey planning across the entire national rail system, as well as allowing searches by bus route, or giving you the quickest option postcode-to-postcode. It’s the kind of app, that, once you have it, you’ll wonder what you did without it.
Your clients can be anywhere in the UK so you’ll want to know where everything is! AroundMe identifies your GPS position and will help you discover the nearest bank, bar, petrol station station, hospital, hotel, movie theatre, restaurant, supermarket, theatre and taxi.
Discover the beauty of Britain’s countryside from the comfort of your phone, highlighting many of the must-see places. From coastlines to countryside and everything in-between. You can search by postcode or location and browse the interactive “favourites” list with hi-res images.
A great app that turns you photos into postcards. Let evryone back home see where you’ve been. Cost starts at £1.99 to the UK including postage. You can even GPS tag it and use a photo of yourself as the stamp!
Or any of the multitude of free, casual games. For when you just need to escape for a few minutes!
When a postcard just isn’t enough, stay in touch with Skype. With free messaging, voice or video calls to other Skype users and international voice calls to non-skype users much cheaper than normal mobile costs.
With all the travelling you do, actual books can be very weighty. In addition to iBooks, Kindle, etc. you can borrow eBooks, audiobooks, and streaming video from the library using OverDrive. A valid account with a participating library is required.
The Photo Cookbook ( iOs: £2.49 Android: Not yet available )
Whether cooking for yourself or a client this is like a private cooking course in your own kitchen. Beautiful photography illustrates every step, clearly explained without any jargon or difficult technical terms. What you see in the photograph is what you should expect to see in front of you. Reassuring for those new to the delights of British food!
This app includes the latest first aid advice and protocols for dealing with emergency situations. It is simple to follow with illustrated guides and voiced instructions. It doesn’t replace the benefits of our specifically-designed first aid course, but it will help you to know what to do in situations when basic knowledge of first aid can make the difference.
You’ve worked hard all day and now you deserve a good night’s sleep. This is a very popular sleep aid app. Drift off to any of this app’s 50 sounds. Perfect for just relaxation and de-stressing too. Just remember to wake up!