Family caregivers need all the help they can get. Drawing from the wide array of options designed to solve various challenges, here are this year’s picks for the best apps for caregivers. From organization and communication tools to medical tracking and specialized help for Alzheimer’s caregivers, these 16 caregiver mobile apps just might make things easier for you in 2020.
Organization & Communication
- Care Zone – Securely manage your loved one’s health information. You can upload or manually enter advance directives, contacts, insurance and medication information, and medical files. There’s a shareable calendar and a to-do section so you can share information and assign tasks to others on your care team. Free. Available at the App Store and Google Play.
- Caring Village – This caregiver app lets you store important documents in one place, create a care team, and coordinate help with food, errands, transportation, etc., as well as keep track of medications. There’s also a wellness journal, secure in-app messaging and preparedness checklists. Free. Available at the App Store and Google Play.
- Lotsa Helping Hands – Create a community of care around your loved one. Invite family, friends, volunteers, and care aides to help manage everything from appointments to errands and family gatherings. There’s a section for people to leave encouraging messages for you or your loved one. Free. Available at the App Store.
- First Aid: American Red Cross – Get expert step-by-step advice for any injury or emergency. You can find the closest hospital or easily call 9-1-1 at any point within the app if you need it. Free. Available at the Apple Store or Google Play.
- Medisafe – Easy-to-use medication reminder that also provides tips, refill reminders, progress reports and discounted prescription offers. Caregivers and health care providers can also be connected to the account. Free. Available at the App Store and Google Play.
- MyMeds – Schedule medication reminders that are sent via text. When they’ve taken the medicine, they reply “yes.” You and other family members can be added to the tracking list so you’ll get a notification if they haven’t taken the meds and can send them a follow-up reminder. Free. Available at the App Store and Google Play.
- RxSaver – You can find coupons to help you save money on prescriptions — whether or not you have insurance. Search medications by name, find available prices from nearby pharmacies (you can set the surrounding radius you’re willing to travel within), get a coupon and show it to the pharmacist when you arrive. Free. Available at the App Store and Google Play.
- eCare21 – Remotely monitor your loved one’s glucose, heart rate, sleep, physical activity and more. With 24/7 monitoring via devices such as a FitBit or smart watch, caregivers and health providers can gather information to help them be proactive, even from a distance. Monthly subscriptions start at $7.95. The app is free and available at the App Store and Google Play.
- PainScale – Track and monitor your loved one’s pain with a convenient diary. You can enter pain triggers and intensity, activity levels, medication dosages, mood, and sleep quality. The information can be compiled in a pain report that’s shareable with health providers. Free. Available at the App Store and Google Play.
Apps for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregivers
- Alz & Dementia Daily Companion – This app for Alzheimer’s caregivers is easy to navigate and loaded with practical tips from experts for everyday situations and challenges. And if caregivers would like further in-depth reading, they can seek out the companion book “Confidence in Care.” Free. Available at the App Store and Google Play.
- Dementia Caregiver Solutions – Expert advice on 25 of the most challenging dementia-related behaviors. You’ll find strategies and tips to help manage some of the high-stress situations you may face. $2.99. Available at the App Store.
- MindMate – Providing actionable guidance for someone in the earlier stages of dementia, MindMate combines mental stimulation, physical exercises, nutrition advice, recipes, and secure storage for photos and memories. Each feature is designed for a holistic approach to living with dementia. Free. Available at the App Store.
- MyReef 3D Aquarium – A relaxing view of 14 different types of fish in a reef, the interface allows users to interact with the fish or simply watch them swim by. This app is intuitive and easy to use, and great for people living with even advanced forms of dementia. Free with ads, $2.99 without ads. Available at the App Store and Google Play.
Just for You: Caregiver Mobile Apps for the Caregiver
- Headspace: Don’t forget your own self-care. Meditation is an ancient practice with health benefits backed by modern science. The practice has been linked to improvements in anxiety and stress, as well as better sleep and focus. This app guides you through the meditative process, and 5- and 10-minute practices help you fit meditation into your busy routine. Free trial. Available at the App Store and Google Play.
- Sanvello: If you’re feeling overwhelmed, there are apps that can help you work through emotional challenges. Quick activities, clear goals and community support help you address stress, anxiety and depression with tactics based in cognitive-behavioral therapy and mindfulness. This app is wonderful if you can’t make it to therapy or if you’re between sessions. Basic version is free. Advanced version is $8.99 per month. Available at the App Store and Google Play.
A Podcast App – Download a podcast app to hear discussions and advice on everything related to caregiving. There are a number of podcasts that will give you practical advice on caregiving and self-care, encouragement – and the knowledge that you’re not alone.
Here are three podcasts to check out:
- Caregiver/Storyteller (iTunes, Google Play, Spotify)
- Caregiver Podcast (iTunes, Google Play)
- Happy, Healthy Caregiver (iTunes)
- Eldercare Illuminated (iTunes)
Pick and choose which caregiver apps will help you find solutions and organize your days. There is a wide community of people, like you, sharing their hard-earned knowledge. As you scroll through all the best apps for caregivers, remember a great resource to find respite care for your loved one is our community locator tool. It can help you find quality services and skilled medical care near you.