Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store together have more than 5.5 million apps that you can download today. Let’s take a look at four apps we think are essentials for caregivers and their families. These apps will help get organized, communicate easily, and keep track of important reminders for appointments and medication.
Google or Outlook Calendar for Easy Planning with Family
Online calendars make it easy to track of doctor’s visits and other important appointments. Our smartphones, tablets, and computers come with calendar software pre-installed, but their true power lies in the ability to share and connect these calendars. Services like Microsoft’s Outlook Calendar and Google Calendar are free to join, and sharing is easy. Just add your family or friend’s email addresses, and you’ll be able to see each other’s calendar.
As a bonus, the calendars come with a suite of other productivity apps, including the powerful notetaking apps Google Keep and Microsoft’s OneNote. These note apps can be shared, just like their calendar counterparts, making it easy to stay up to date with your family and friends.
Symple – A Smart Symptom Tracker
Many seniors are juggling multiple health conditions at once. To help make sense of day-to-day health and wellbeing, seniors need an easy way to track their symptoms. That’s where Symple comes in. The app is available in the Apple App Store for iPads and iPhones. The intuitive user interface makes it easy to track things like joint pain, headaches, sleep patterns, nutrition, and other important markers of health. Journaling in this way can make it easier to get a deeper understanding of the health issues your loved one is facing. Plus, with detailed symptom tracking, you’ll be able to share important information with your doctor.
CaringBridge for Communication
CaringBridge offers a convenient way to share your health journey with the ones you care about. The goal is to reduce stress by connecting you the caregiver to resources in your social network. Users can set up personalized websites and mobile apps that serve as a one-stop spot for sharing news and updates, sending private messages, and coordinating help and support among friends and family.
Medisafe for Smart Medication Tracking
Medisafe is one of the leading apps designed to help you accurately keep track of medications. The app can send you individual reminders for each medication you or your loved one is taking. Medisafe also has your safety in mind—the app is connected to an extensive medication database and continuously checks for drug interaction warnings. You can also link your account to others, so you can get the same timely reminders your loved one sees.