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There’s an App For That!

We admit it: This list is shamelessly borrowed from a terrific site devoted to caregivers and their challenges: Agingcare.com.

They have thoughtfully assembled a collection of apps designed for those of us looking after seriously ill or convalescing loved ones, aging loved ones in particular.  You may already have your own favorites, but check these out anyway.  These might be helpful, too:

  1. Elder 411 and Elder 911 (free).  These are two separate apps that were developed by the same geriatric care manager.  Elder 911 helps you cope with an emergency with an older loved one.  It features a screen where you indicate your relationship to the patient (parent, spouse, sibling and so forth) and at what stage of crisis or emergency they are in (at the hospital, before the event, post-hospital and the like).  You will then have at your fingertips a choice of checklists, steps to follow and specific information to help you manage and navigate that emergency situation.  Elder 411 is a more general app, with basic caregiving information and help with things like managing finances, safety and communication.
  2. iBiomed (free).  This is a program that lets a caregiver keep a detailed log of a senior loved one’s medical information.  You start by creating the patient’s profile.  You add in any medications he or she is taking, along with what tests or treatments they’ve had, any special diets or supplements they are on and so forth.  There are places to keep notes on their day-to-day condition.  Handy!
  3. WebMD Mobile (free).  This is the mobile extension of the WebMD.com site.  It includes a symptom checker and a section that lets you research various medical conditions.  You can also get information about a senior’s medications by using the Pill ID function.
  4. iPharmacy Pro (free).  This is really helpful.  The app is a comprehensive guide to prescription medications.  It includes FDA information, too, which lets you search for clinical journal articles about specific drugs.  It also provides information on the purpose, interactions, side effects and so on of a particular medication or drug.
  5. Pain Care (free).  This app helps you track and manage an elderly loved one’s pain or discomfort.  It includes a pain journal where you note the intensity of the pain, where it is located, what seems to trigger it, and so on.
  6. Pocket First Aid & CPR ($3.99).  Here’s an app based on the American Heart Association‘s guidelines for CPR.  It can help you take care of an elderly loved one who is having a cardiac episode, needs basic first aid or might be choking.  It also features a section where you can create the medical profile of your senior.
  7. Mint.com Personal Finance (free).  This is a money management and tracking tool.  How can this help?  It gives you one central place from which to handle transactions wherever you are.  For example, it can sync to your bank accounts and let you track how much you’ve spent and where you’ve spent it.  You can set bill reminders.  If your mobile is lost or stolen, you can deactivate your account and protect your privacy.  This app is especially practical if you find yourself often called away from home or work.
  8. Stress Stopper Pro ($.99).  This app includes breathing exercises and other strategies and techniques to help you reduce the inevitable stress (random, occasional and/or chronic)  caregiving brings.  Worth the money!
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