Family caregivers need all the help they can get. From organization and communication tools to medical tracking and specialized help for Alzheimer’s caregivers, these 10 apps just might make things easier for you in 2018.
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 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.
- 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.
- 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 Dementia Caregivers
- Caregiver Buddy – Get support and education about communication, dealing with challenging behaviors, establishing daily routines and more. It’s a quick and easy way to get sound advice about memory support right when you need it. It’s also integrated with the Alzheimer’s Association Helpline for free, live help. Free. Available at the App Store, Google Play and Amazon Apps.
- 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.
Just for You
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: