Caregiving: There's an app for that.
In fact, there are many to choose from — and therein lies the problem.
With so many caregiving, health and wellness applications available in the App Store for iPhones and iPads and the Google Play store for Android devices, finding something worthy could prove to be a time-consuming and overwhelming endeavor.
"The popularity of smartphones — a portable computer you always have with you — has really catalyzed the app space,” says Laurie M. Orlov, founder of Aging and Health Technology Watch, a site that tracks research and trends in aging-related tech.
"There are many apps to help caregivers and their loved ones, whether it's to help track someone, shop for supplies, look up trusted information, manage medication, schedule appointments, book transportation, find specialty pharmacies or join support groups — just to name a few examples,” Orlov says. “And often the apps are free, as they're usually supported by advertisements."
Look no further if you're in search of a few recommended apps to help you navigate caregiving responsibilities. All are free (at least in their basic versions) and, unless otherwise specified, available for both Apple and Android devices. Many can also be accessed on a Mac or PC via affiliated websites.
Carely is a social network–like app ideal for tag-team caregiving, as it allows invited individuals to communicate and coordinate caregiver responsibilities and track activities and appointments via a shared calendar.