Best Apps for Family Caregivers
It can be difficult to stay on top of all the responsibilities of caring for a loved one, whether you are managing medications, scheduling medical appointments or sharing information with other family members.
Fortunately, there are a variety of apps available for your smartphone or tablet that can make these tasks easier to manage.
Best Apps for Family Caregivers
Here’s our list of the top four apps for family caregivers:
This app is a great tool to safely and securely manage your loved one’s health information, including:
- Advance directives
- Important contacts
- Insurance information
- Medical files
The app is user-friendly and allows you to input and organize information in a variety of ways. You can manually enter medicals details such as dosages of prescriptions and important contacts (like doctors, family members, insurance providers and pharmacies), or you can journal pertinent health information, including health care instructions or symptoms in real time.
You can also upload files and photos to ensure important documents are always at your fingertips. The calendar function allows you to keep track of appointments and refills, and you can easily sync events with other calendars and share access with others, too. There is also a “To-Do” section that allows you to maintain an organized list of important tasks, as well as assign tasks to others, which is important to help avoid caregiver burnout.
This free app currently has over 25,000 reviews on Google Play with a 4.4 star rating. Here’s what users are saying about CareZone:
“This app and the companion website have been invaluable to me. I would not be able to manage my mother’s care effectively without it. All the doctors who see me using it ask me about it and are very impressed.”
This app encourages shared caregiving and emotional support within your circle of family and friends. You can create your own personal CaringBridge website to share information and updates about your loved one’s health and needs in one central location.
The website is easy to create with the assistance of this app and is private and secure – only those people you have invited to access the website will be able to view it. You can use the planner feature to schedule important appointments, dates and tasks, and you can also request assistance and assign family and friends to specific tasks.
A unique feature of this app that sets it apart from others is that there is a fundraising component. CaringBridge is partnered with GoFundMe to allow users to raise funds to pay for ongoing caregiving and medical costs.
With just under 1,000 reviews on Google Play, CaringBridge has a 4.1 star rating. Here’s what users are saying about CaringBridge:
“It’s a wonderful app, just perfect for the more personal sharing one might not want to put on public forums, good for communicating with close family and friends without having to repeat the same information multiple times.”
3. Headspace: Guided Meditation and Mindfulness
This app is a fantastic self-care resource for caregivers to reduce stress and improve focus. Meditation has been proven to ease anxiety and mental stress, and this app makes it easy to master these techniques. Headspace is meditation made simple, teaching you the life-changing skills of meditation and mindfulness in mere minutes a day. There are hundreds of guided meditation exercises that are especially helpful for caregivers, including acceptance, patience, relationships and resilience.
This app has nearly 65,000 reviews on Google Play and a 4.6 star rating. Here’s what users are saying about Headspace:
“Surprisingly helpful. I’m usually weary of things like this but after a couple months of sticking to it, I’m feeling some very positive improvements. Very good for the skeptic in all of us and the beginner.”
4. Watch Out for the CareBetter® App
CareBetter is a community of people who care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The app, which is currently in beta testing and will be available soon, helps caregivers connect with other caregivers who are going through a similar journey to get ideas and share resources and support.
The app also connects caregivers with trusted experts in the field of dementia who can answer care-related questions and provide guidance to help caregivers make important decisions about behaviors, diet, family dynamics, home care assistance and more. Anyone caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia should keep an eye out for the CareBetter app!
Do you care for a senior loved one? What are your go-to apps for family caregivers? We’d like to hear more about your favorites in the comments below.
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