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8 Free Apps to Help Manage Caregiver Duties

Meeka Ghebrai
By Meeka GhebraiApril 7, 2020

Caring for an older loved one involves an array of tasks — managing medications, staying up-to-date on health news, and sharing information, just to name a few. App creators have come to the rescue with helpful ways to stay organized and informed. 

Manage your caregiver duties with helpful apps for iPhone and Android

With so many options available, deciding which app best meets your specific needs can be a challenge. That’s why we’ve outlined the features of eight free apps, available for iPhone or Android, to help you find the best match for you and your loved one.

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1. CareZone app

Also known as a “health information organizer,” CareZone helps caregivers easily access and store all medical information in one place.

Top features enable caregivers to:

  • Create to-do lists
  • Receive medication reminders and track medication taken
  • Organize medication details
  • Keep track of allergies
  • Store insurance and ID cards
  • Read news about your loved one’s illness, disability, or condition

2. Alzheimer’s Caregiver Buddy app

The Alzheimer’s Association knows if anyone needs a friend, it’s someone caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. That’s why they created the Caregiver Buddy app to provide support and information about communication tips, challenging behaviors, and daily routines.

Top features include:

  • Access to the Alzheimer’s Association’s free helpline, available 24/7
  • Daily care tips related to hygiene and meal times
  • Fun activities to stimulate the body and mind of a person with dementia
  • Advice on how to cope with new and sometimes overwhelming behaviors like aggression or hallucination
  • Resources to help manage caregiver stress

3. First Aid app by American Red Cross

First aid and CPR knowledge is helpful for everyone, but essential for caregivers. The American Red Cross created the First Aid App to provide users with clear and concise first aid and CPR instructions in the event of an emergency. (Downloading the app is not a substitute for official training. Find an American Red Cross first aid or CPR training class near you.)

Top features include:

  • Simple step-by-step instructions for everyday first aid scenarios
  • Steps to take during an emergency, with a 9-1-1 call button
  • Videos and animations to make learning first aid fun and easy
  • Weather safety and preparedness
  • Preloaded content regarding all safety information
  • Content in English and Spanish

4. Med Helper app

Whether your loved one faces a short-term medical need or has a prolonged and complex condition, Med Helper makes it easy to maintain their prescriptions and medical regime. It’s consistently ranked as a top app for medical management.

Top features include:

  • Multiple profiles to manage others in your care
  • Medication reminders
  • Doctor appointment reminders
  • Medication organizer that tracks refills and expiration dates
  • Vital signs tracker
  • Detailed reports to print or export to doctors and other medical professionals

5. CaringBridge app

Communication is critical when dividing up caregiving duties and sharing updates with concerned loved ones. CaringBridge connects multiple caregivers through a single app, providing easy access to appointment dates, new changes in health, and other essential information. Additionally, CaringBridge has partnered with GoFundMe to allow users to raise funds to pay for ongoing caregiving and medical costs.

CaringBridge enables caregivers to:

  • Share diagnoses, medications, treatments, and milestones with family and friends
  • Maintain their loved one’s privacy through the app’s settings
  • Send inspiring messages and motivation to other caregivers who have been granted access

6. Symple app

Symple makes journaling your loved one’s feelings and monitoring their health, well, simple. It enables you to track overall well-being, steps, sleep, meals, medications, and more.

Symple enables caregivers to:

  • Create and track symptoms related to diet, activity, and medications
  • Import steps, sleep, and other data from Apple Health
  • Use timestamped photos to keep a record of which medications were taken when
  • Quickly navigate past data using the interactive calendar
  • Unlock premium features such as the smart journal, which makes it easy to build a list of questions for your doctor
  • Secure your data with a passcode or fingerprint ID

7. Headspace app

Headspace is a self-care resource for caregivers to reduce stress and sleep soundly. It makes it easy to master the techniques of meditation, which is proven to ease anxiety and mental stress.

Top features include:

  • Hundreds of guided meditations on managing stress and anxiety to aid in sleep, acceptance, patience, and resilience
  • A new “Weathering the Storm” section designed for support during times of crisis

8. CareBetter app

CareBetter helps join a large community of people who care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Users can get ideas, share resources, and support one another.

CareBetter enables caregivers to:

  • Connect with others who have been there, and ask them questions
  • Get advice on behaviors, diets, family dynamics, home care assistance, and more
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