Are You A Caregiver? There’s An App For That.
February 27, 2012 § Leave a comment
With the all encompassing power of the smart phone, we quite literally can find information on any topic just by hitting a few buttons. The variety of applications that are available for download onto our phones is mindboggling, especially when you consider the Apple App Store alone boasts over 500,000 apps.
If you have looked already, you know there are several apps that are specifically geared towards caregivers. These apps can do anything from help you research a specific ailment, to track the pain of your loved one. We have listed below a few examples of apps that are good for caregivers. Some of the apps we mention are free while others have nominal fees. If the price is too high, just keep checking back, because sometimes the creators run specials or offer “light” versions of the application for free so you can try before you buy.
- Caregivers Touch – Provides the ability to store and access vital information for up to six individuals. This information can include calendar of appointments, contacts, medications, allergies, medical history, insurance information and legal information. The information can also be synced with the Caregivers Touch website so the information can be shared with other pertinent contacts.
- Caregiver Village – This app accompanies the website caregivervillage.com, which is a social media site for caregivers. The app allows you to access your account on the website so you can see all of the caregiver resources available on the website. Highlights include virtual book clubs, support groups and a journaling tool.
- Elder 411 and Elder 911 – These are two separate apps that were created by a geriatric care manager and are both elder-focused. Elder 911 can help you navigate an emergency concerning an elderly loved one. The tool provides an assortment of checklists, steps, and pertinent information to help you manage an emergency situation. Elder 411 contains over 500 pieces of expert advice and is organized into topics to provide you with proven solutions to caregiving problems like communication, financial matters, and safety.
- WebMD – This app is a mobile version of the WebMD website. Users can find health information including first aid tips, symptom checker, medical conditions, drugs, treatments, pill identification tool and local health listings so you can find the nearest pharmacy, hospital or physician.
- Pain Care – Helps track symptoms, triggers, medications and side effects. Once you keep the journal for sometime, the app will help you figure out the cause for your pain as well as various treatment options.
- iPharmacy – This app is a comprehensive guide to prescription medication. It includes pill images, prescription reference, drug interactions, side effects, comments, ratings and more. Also includes FDA information and allows you to search for clinical journal articles concerning certain medications.
- Pocket First Aid & CPR – Includes the American Heart Association’s guidelines for CPR and emergency cardiovascular care. It has videos and illustrations to help you better understand correct emergency techniques.
- Stress Stopper Pro – What would this list be without a stress-relief app? Includes strategies and breathing exercises to help you reduce stress. The app guides users back to a place of inner-peace while a stress reaction is in progress.
Besides these apps, there are literally hundreds of caregiver tools available for download onto your mobile phone, not to mention thousand of apps to help take your mind off the stresses of caregiving.
However, if you find yourself unable to cope with your caregiving situation and need advice, please feel free to contact Law Office of Dawn M. Weekly, PC. The law firm is located in Sandwich, Illinois and focuses on elder law and Life Care Planning for clients. Their office may be reached by calling 815-570-2334.