While most Caregivers use their phone to schedule appointments, order medicine refills, or call their Health Plan with questions, many Caregivers might not be using their smartphone to its full benefit. Today there are many applications (apps) that can assist you with your Caregiver duties. Here are a few examples:
There are many apps available to help manage all the medicines that your loved one must take. You can track:
- Medicine schedules
- Refill requests
- Refill pick-ups
Some of these apps can also provide information on FDA recalls and a drug reference guide. Keeping track of too many medicines can be overwhelming. Take advantage of the many tools that can help you with this task.
Having an easy to use calendar to track all your tasks is important. Using a calendar can help you stay on track with all your duties. With all that a Caregiver has to do it can be easy to forget things. In your calendar you can set:
- Appointment reminders
- Important dates
- Medicine refills
If you don’t currently use a calendar, you might want try a free calendar app.
For People with Disabilities, there are apps available that provide accessibility information. Planning trips can be easier when current information is available at the push of a button.
Specific Topics (Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, Dementia, etc.)
If you want to learn about a specific illness, there are phone apps that provide this information. Depending on the app, many provide condition-specific tips, tools and resources. Staying informed can help you better coordinate the care with your loved one’s health care team.
Many Caregivers will test different apps. If an app is not useful, there is no benefit to having it. You may end up using many apps. That’s ok. Each app is different. Each can help you in many different ways.
Remember, you may not be able to access all apps. Some are iPhone-only and others may be Android-only. Although, the growing trend is for companies to produce apps for all phones. Before getting an app, check to see if it is free or if there is a cost. Not all apps are free.
You can learn more about the many different apps available online. Your best bet is to use a search engine (Google, Bing, etc.) to search for the most up to date information. To help you find the most recent information on apps, use keywords such as:
- Medication tracker
You can also use these types of keywords to search in your app store too.
Overall, there are many great apps for your phone that will help you in your day-to-day activities. With a little searching and testing, you may be able to find the right tools for your needs.