Technology for Caregivers
Today more than ever, technology is available to help make our lives easier in many ways. Technology can play a huge role in caregiving duties today, and the internet itself provides a vast amount of resources for caregiver.
A wide variety of smartphone apps can help caregivers with such things like medication and doctor appointment reminders. There are more detailed applications that can assist with all sorts of healthcare planning, like storing medical information, lists of current physicians and prescriptions and general health tracking. Below are some apps for caregivers:
CareZone is an app that goes beyond sharing updates and secure posts. It enables users to create custom profiles, maintain medication logs, set reminders, create task lists and voice messages — which can be shared with dozens of users at once, if necessary. You also can invite loved ones to use the app to be connected to the caregiver.
CaringBridge is a mobile app that helps caregivers build a site for yourself and for the person you care for. Family and friends are able to join as well. It helps to keep your schedule coordinated, allows you to keep everyone in your network updated simultaneously, and allows you and others to post notes of support.
EverNote is a must-download, even for non-caregivers, for its intuitive design and multifunction approach to organization. With this app, users can create documents or recordings, save images or links, and easily document any and all data you need with searchable “notes.”
iRelax is a mobile app that helps caregivers also take care of themselves. We know how stressful it can be taking care of a friend or loved one. This app allows you to listen to soothing sounds like the ocean surf, sounds from a night in the forest, and white noise, and help you to combat caregiver burnout.
Mint is a financial app that compiles all of an individual’s financial accounts into a single one-stop access point. This is important because finances are affected by health care concerns. This one-stop access point allows caregivers to keep track of costs of care and to ensure the financial status of the person they are caring for is regularly monitored to prevent fraud.
WebMD serves as a quick and helpful medical reference tool for simple medical inquiries. It also is useful for getting relevant information about medical advances. However, it is important to note that this app should never be used in lieu of professional medical advice from an accredited physician. Always confirm with your survivor’s doctor to address any questions or concerns.
WheelMate is a resource for people on the go or traveling in the U.S. or abroad. The app allows wheelchair users and their caregivers to add and search for accessible restrooms and parking spaces in more than 45 countries with ease, according to its app store description.
Use tools that are most helpful in your caregiving journey. Anything that can help your loved one live more independently and give you peace of mind should be researched and utilized.