Caregiving Tools for Support

Are you one of 65.7 million family caregivers helping an ill or disabled relative in the U.S.? If so, you have stress and poor health, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving. Family caregiver stats:

  • Age 50 or older
  • Work while caring for a family member or friend
  • Make work concessions like leave early, come in late, reduce your hours, take leave of absence, and retire early

Caregiving Tools, Apps, and Support

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Now with the following tools, caregivers can connect with other family members and friends of a loved one. Some allow connections with a medical care team and other providers. Check them all out! There are apps that guide a person through a health care question too. Use them all to make your caregiving responsibilities easier and run smoother.

There are numerous apps to help you with elder care, patient care management, and patient discharge. I've researched a few, so you don't have to spend time looking for an app to help.

Top Apps

Elder 411

A caregiving app developed by Doctor Marion. Her 35+ years of experience as a geriatric care manager is bundled and organized into 11 elder care topics and 500 pieces of expert advice - all proven solutions to caregiving problems. It's accessible when and where you need it most.

Elder 411 becomes your elder care expert in the pocket, purse, or briefcase.

Elder 911

The personal crisis management guide from Doctor Marion. Helps caregivers during emergencies. You get a call from your dad saying, "mom has fallen, broken her hip and is in the hospital. Can you come?"

Ask the app:

  • What do I do?
  • Who can I call?
  • What do I ask?
  • How do I know?
  • What happens now?

Caregiver's Touch (subscription)

Keeps critical information and allows you to safely and seamlessly share it with others. Caregiver's Touch gives you the tools to set up individual profiles for the people you love most.

  • You can track appointments, events, set reminders, reach important people like family members, friends, physicians, and caregivers.
  • Access medical information on the go
  • Store Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security numbers

Unfrazzle (Free)

Help to simplify a caregiver's life with task management and coordination apps. It recalls and tracks the tasks, and stays in-sync with others.

  • Track day-to-day caregiving tasks
  • Connect with co-caregivers to keep everyone in-sync
  • Keeps everyone informed and to coordinate shared tasks
  • Helps users remember and keep track of medications, exercises, chores, observations, appointments, anything
  • Allows each co-caregiver to have a visual of the other's tasks

CareZone (Free)

An App with a private, secure place to manage and share information associated with caring for a child, parent, or another family member.

  • Save important information, like emergency contacts and medications, and invite
  • Access numbers
  • Store social security numbers, insurance information, and prescriptions
  • Keep a current medications, dosages, refill info, and ongoing history in your pocket
  • Share emergency contacts and others during an emergency

CaringBridge (Free)

Helps caregivers, family, and friends to stay in touch. It's a perfect app for a family that rallies around a loved one in need of care:

  • Assistance with surgeries
  • Procedures for cancer, heart disease, diabetes

Lotsa Helping Hands (Free)

A caregiving app to build a community of care and to invite family, friends, volunteers, and care aides to join and manage tasks and social gatherings. "Helping Hands," an online board for messages and well-wishes. Update contact information, birth dates, and list best times to call.

WebMD Mobile (Free)

This app is a mobile website. Now it's easier than ever to access trusted health and wellness information anytime, anywhere. Offering on-demand healthy living information to physician-reviewed health content and interactive tools.

WebMD Pain Coach

Custom designed for those with chronic pain conditions:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Nerve pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Migraine
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

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