Helpful Smartphone Apps for the Busy Caregiver

Author: Marie Gulen

| Published on: May,09 | Viewed: 2491 times

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There are some things that never change in life, like growing older. As we age, the process often requires people to take care of us, help us with everyday chores, personal care, rehabilitation and so forth. But the way it gets done is changing every day. Chances are nowadays, if there is ever anything we need, there’s an app for that.

Caregivers are no different. It’s pretty safe to say that in this day and age, most people on this planet carry a smartphone. These phones allow us to download applications or apps, provide tools to get certain things done in an easier and more organized way. And, as life gets busier, apps allow caregivers to stay organized as well as get things done anywhere in the world, while staying on top of responsibilities.

Like most apps, there are good ones and there are not so good ones. Below is a list of helpful apps tailored for the family caregiver.

  • Caregiving App (Free): This app sets up and runs family and community caregiving networks. It works through interactive calendars, messaging, shopping lists and medication reminders. It tracks blood pressure, blood sugar, weight and diet.

  • Dementia Caregiver Solutions ($2.99): This app is for people caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s or dementia. It’s designed to reduce stress by providing expert advice on how to best deal with the increasingly challenging behaviors that develop in dementia patients.

  • Genie MD (Free): This app tracks and shares health profiles. It’s a customizable app that helps manage medications, alerts to adverse drug interactions. It also tracks vitals such as blood pressure, glucose levels and cholesterol. It also aids in contacting 911 and can be synced with doctors by providing free reports.

  • AARP Caregiving (Free): This handy app helps you organize important information (i.e. medications, contacts, calendars, photos and files), privately coordinate with family and other caregivers, and makes sure everyone knows about certain tasks, appointments and medications.

  • CareLinx: Family Quality In-Home Care for Seniors (Free): This app connects families with safe, reliable and affordable in-home caregivers for seniors who prefer to age in place.

  • Dementia Caregiver App (Free): This is an interesting app geared solely for the caregiver’s well-being. If you’re caring for a loved with dementia or Alzheimer’s, there’s a chance that the role is taking a toll on you as well. This app provides questionnaires to gauge your mental health, overall well-being and current stress levels, while also providing caregiving tips.

  • QVprep Nursing Caregiver PCA Prep ($9.99): This particular app is useful for someone just entering or about to enter the field. It teaches you about what the role entails, understanding the client, environmental safety, infection control, etc.

  • Independa Caregiver (Free): This app assists the caregiver taking care of someone who has decided to age-in-place. The app supports a range of engagement, reminder and support-oriented functions.

  • Elder 411 ($.99): This is developed by an eldercare scholar for caregivers as an informational and self-help app.

  • Unfrazzle (Free): A customizable tool for caregivers that allows the user to connect with other family members and share information and responsibilities. You can create to-do lists and journal your thoughts and experiences.

If you’re a family caregiver in need of a break from your challenging role, consider trying out a short-term respite stay in senior housing, so you can get some time off and peace of mind knowing your loved one is being cared for.

 

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