5 Apps to Help Manage the Responsibilities of a Family Caregiver

Posted by The Pavilion Senior Living Team on Jul 1, 2020 8:00:00 AM | 4 minute read

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As a family caregiver, ensuring everything gets done and that your parent or family member is properly cared for is a lot to handle, especially if you are trying to do everything yourself.

Managing and prioritizing daily tasks is time-consuming, and it can be challenging to keep track of everything. Furthermore, when you are so focused on how to provide care, it can take away from the actual care you provide. Technology, however, can be used in your favor.

At The Pavilion Senior Living, with locations throughout Tennessee and West Virginia, we know just how difficult it can be to organize caregiving responsibilities. We want to help you by sharing five apps that help manage caregiving duties.

CareZone

The CareZone app is an excellent platform for organizing all the basics of your caregiving duties. The app allows you to scan your parent or family member’s prescription bottles to create a detailed medication list that you can send to doctors or refer to whenever necessary. Insurance and ID cards, allergies, and other important medical information can be stored in one convenient place.

In addition, through CareZone, you can create to-do lists, and have automated reminders sent to you for things like appointments or medication times. This free app is a must-have for a family caregiver.

Other key features of CareZone include:

  • Automatic prescription refills with the CareZone Pharmacy
  • Track and log health information
  • Journal significant events
  • Share access with other members of your care team
  • Stay up to date on news that is relevant to your parent or relative’s condition

Med Helper

Med Helper is all about keeping track of prescriptions and other medications. The app creates a detailed schedule of medications that shows when each medication should be taken and sends automated reminders at each specific time. Furthermore, Med Helper tracks when medication refills are due and informs you of expiration dates.

Additional features of Med Helper include:

  • Vital signs tracker
  • Detailed reports that can be printed or sent to medical professionals
  • Multiple profiles, allowing you to import information for more than one person

LEARN MORE: Medication Safety Tips

CaringBridge

Communicating with other members of your care team is essential for efficient, quality care. If multiple people are involved in the care process, keeping track of who is responsible for each task can be a challenge. It can lead to confusion, frustration, and responsibilities getting overlooked or forgotten. CaringBridge is an app that can help solve your care team communication problems.

This free app lets users communicate and share updates about their loved one while also protecting his or her privacy. Individuals can alter settings and allow access to only people they invite to the group.

The planner and calendar in the app allow members of your care team to share appointments and assign specific tasks to themselves. With the use of CaringBridge, there should be no question of who is responsible for each task.

Further features of CaringBridge include:

  • A journal where individuals can post updates and photos
  • Fundraising through CaringBridge’s partnership with GoFundMe

Symple

When you are a primary family caregiver, you spend the most time with your parent or family member. Consequently, it is up to you to take note of significant changes in health and well-being. Symple makes it, well, simple!

It lets you track symptoms, moods, sleep, and other health-related indicators and reference them with ease. Users can access and compare previous data with current conditions through the interactive calendar in the app. Additionally, when connected to Apple Health, the app also imports steps and other fitness data.

Headspace

It is no secret that caregiving responsibilities can take a toll on your own health. As a family caregiver, it is just as important to take care of yourself as it is to take care of your older parent or relative. Headspace is an app that can help you to reduce stress and anxiety that is associated with caregiving responsibilities. Through guided meditation and restful sleep audio, Headspace is a great tool for learning mindfulness and taking care of your mental health.

At The Pavilion Senior Living, we understand the stresses that come with family caregiving and offer respite care services that are designed to relieve you of your responsibilities and give you peace of mind in knowing that your family member is in good care. For more information on our respite care services or any other services we offer, we encourage you to contact us.