8 Great Apps for Family Caregivers

8 Apps to Help You Care for Your Aging Loved One

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Programmers continually introduce innovative apps for mobile devices each year. The variety of apps available appeal to a large public demographic. Family caregivers have the opportunity to make their lives a little easier by finding apps that accommodate caring for an older loved one.

1. Alzheimer’s Caregiver Buddy

This app was developed by the Alzheimer’s Association and is compatible with Android and iOS devices. The program was created to assist caregivers in alleviating stress by offering tips for performing daily care and managing difficult behaviors. Caregivers also have access to a 24/7 helpline. Seniors benefit from the recommendations, which provide cognitive stimulation and physical activity.

Alzheimer’s can be challenging for seniors to manage without assistance, and it can be just as challenging for families who don’t have experience in providing Alzheimer’s care. Chandler Home Care Assistance provides Alzheimer’s care seniors and their families can depend on. Our proprietary Cognitive Therapeutics Method was designed to help seniors with Alzheimer’s and other memory-related conditions live happier and healthier lives.

2. Balance

The National Alzheimer Center created this app with Alzheimer’s caregivers in mind. Balance allows multiple family members to download the app to keep updated about their loved one’s condition via chat. Caregivers get tips and instructions on providing care and addressing difficult behaviors. The Pill Box feature enables family members to monitor medications. You can also use the app to update a family physician.

3. Care.com

There might come a time when you need a break and don’t have friends or loved ones to take your place. The Care.com app was designed to enable caregivers to locate reputable in-home care specialists capable of filling their shoes. The app also provides the opportunity to schedule appointments or make payments to the caregiving agency.

4. CareZone

This app is compatible with most devices. CareZone was designed to enable caregivers with a comprehensive database for storing and maintaining medical history, medications, identification cards, and insurance cards. Create task lists, keep track of important appointments, and update notes pertaining to your loved one’s medical condition. The company ensures all information entered into the app remains private.

5. Elder 411

Elder 411 was created by a geriatric physician (Dr. Marion Somers) in hopes of making the lives of caregivers easier. Some of the many topics covered in the program include communication, home safety, and financial and legal tips. Dr. Somers also provides practical tips via audio files.

6. First Aid

This app, offered by the American Red Cross, provides users with information about the steps to take when minor emergencies occur. Instructions also include CPR. Caregivers can also identify potential medical problems by searching through a symptom database.

7. iPharmacy Pro

Seniors often take a variety of over-the-counter and prescription medications. This app was designed as a general database of medications. Caregivers can identify medications by color and other characteristics, and the app also provides information on recommended dosages. Learn at a glance why a particular medication was recommended. Find out about a formulation’s side effects or medication interactions. 

Medication management can be difficult for older adults with cognitive issues such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. If your elderly loved one is living with a serious medical condition and needs help managing the tasks of daily living, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a Chandler elder care agency you can trust. Our caregivers are available 24/7, there are no hidden fees in our contracts, and we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all of our in-home care services.

8. MindShift CBT

This app is a comprehensive tool for helping caregivers alleviate the anxiety and stress that often comes with the role. Some of the aids include guided meditation and inspirational statements. You can also use the app to maintain a journal.

While these apps are fantastic resources for busy family caregivers, they’re no substitute for a compassionate professional caregiver. Families who need help caring for a senior loved one can turn to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of Chandler senior care. Services available in our customizable care plans include meal prep, mental and social stimulation, assistance with personal hygiene tasks, and much more. Call us today at 480.448.6215 to discuss how we can give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing your loved one is being cared for with professionalism and compassion.

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