Try These Apps To Help Make Senior Caregiving Easier
If you’re caring for a senior loved one, you know that trying to balance schedules, remember medications, and track symptoms can be a challenging part of the job. While being a caregiver is rewarding, it is a big responsibility. But if you have a smartphone (and most of us do!), you can use free apps on your phone to make being a caregiver easier. With things like sync-able calendars, meal and symptom tracking, medication reminders, and more, these apps make it easy for you and your family to stay on top of senior care management for your loved one. Here are 6 of our favorite senior care apps from the team at Azalea Gardens Assisted Living and Memory Care in Tallahassee, Florida:
AARP Caregiving is an app that equips caregivers with knowledge and information on how to appropriately care for their loved ones. It offers symptom tracking, meal tracking, appointment reminders, and allows you to coordinate care with other family members. AARP Caregiving also offers a help center to answer any questions you may have about the software. This app is available for free on both iPhone and Android.
CaringBridge is all about communication, which is vital when caring for a loved one. All of your family members can rally together to provide the best care possible for your loved one, whether they are experiencing memory challenges or recovering from a surgery. With a guest book that allows you to share updates in a journal-entry style, everyone can be on the same page about care. This app is available for free on both iPhone and Android.
This app was built by family caregivers, for family caregivers. It provides all the necessary tools to keep you organized and collaborate with other caregivers. If you are looking for an app that will help you plan for family caregiving in the future, this is perfect for you. ianacare helps you coordinate care with your family members, provide updates in a private feed with everyone present, and offers a collaborative calendar so members can assign themselves tasks without having to ask “how can we help?” This app is available for free on both iPhone and Android.
Medisafe is consistently ranked as one of the top apps for medication management every year. Whether your loved one has a temporary increase in medications or has a prolonged condition requiring several medications, Medisafe makes it easy to keep track of prescriptions, medication regimens, and more with several reminders and alerts for when each medication is due. This app also syncs with GoodRx to provide coupons for medications. The app can even provide an alert when a specific medication might have a harmful interaction with another medication. This app is available for free on both iPhone and Android.
Alzheimer’s Caregiver Buddy
This app is perfect for caregivers who need some help managing the stress of caring for a loved one with memory challenges. Alzheimer’s Caregiver Buddy offers helpful tips and advice on how to tackle daily care tasks like hygiene and meal times as well as offers a 24/7 hotline for family conflict. The app also offers activities to stimulate the brain and advice for how to deal with symptoms such as aggression or behavior issues. This app is available for free on both iPhone and Android.
First Aid by American Red Cross
As a caregiver, you might find that you have picked up on a lot of medical knowledge that you did not previously have, but you are not expected to know everything! It is helpful to have reminders of how to administer first aid and CPR in the event that it is necessary. This app offers helpful step-by-step instructions on how to save the life of your loved one (or strangers!) by choosing which emergency is occurring in the moment. It also can track where your closest hospital is as well. This app is available for free on both iPhone and Android.
At Azalea Gardens, we have a professional staff and our own professional systems that help us provide Person-centered care to each and every resident. But for caregivers, apps like these can help keep you organized and keep your loved one safe and happy.
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