Caregivers need help. With 39.8 million Americans in a caregiving role–a job that often requires an individual to be “on call” 24/7–anything that can be done to offer some assistance could make a world of difference.
Caregiving apps have been created to make caregiving a little easier. Below are a list of some apps to consider using as you care for an aging parent or loved one who suffers from an illness or disability.
All-in-One Caregiving Apps
The following apps are your all-in-one caregiving apps. They allow you to keep track of appointments and surgeries, connect with family members to coordinate care and give updates on your loved one; some will also enable you to track medication dosages and provide helpful caregiving tips and advice.
Alzheimer’s Caregiving Apps
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, out of the 43.5 million adult family caregivers (globally) that care for someone 50 years old or above, about one in three (14.9 million) care for someone who has Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. As such, the need for apps specifically geared toward an Alzheimer’s caregiver is massive. The following apps offer help in this particular area.
Medication Tracking Apps
As a caregiver, you need to keep track of a lot of medications, particularly if you are caring for more than one parent, or loved one. These apps can help you keep track of medications–the kinds of medications that are being used, dosages, etc.
Educational Caregiving Apps
Caring for an aging parent or loved one often entails learning about the illness or disability that caree is experiencing. These apps help you navigate the different symptoms, treatments and medication information you need to know.
Health Status Apps
These apps have been designed to help keep track of the health of your loved one. Some of these can even be tracked by other family members if they have the app on their phone and their loved one is wearing the tracking device.
As you can see, there are a lot of Caregiving apps to choose from. While several of these have similar features, choose one that best suits your needs as a caregiver. Try out a few of the apps mentioned above and let us know how they helped in the comment section below!