Today practically everyone uses a smartphone or tablet. To support our fast paced lives, Americans are downloading mobile apps to help us track everything from our personal spending and productivity to our diet, exercise and mood. More than 44 million health-related apps were downloaded in 2012, so it should come as no surprise that apps for caregivers are a fast growing market.
We asked caregiver author, Ann Napoletan, to review some caregiver apps to help families determine which ones might be right for them. Ann is uniquely qualified to judge the merits of these apps. She writes terrifically for the Caregivers.com blog and cared for her late mother who had Alzheimer’s disease for nearly a decade.
She said she would have loved to have had some of these apps to help during her time as a caregiver. Only a few years ago these apps didn’t exist and Ann had to resort to do-it-yourself organizing: “During the course of my mom’s illness, I tried every trick in the book to keep myself organized – from old-fashioned pen and paper and Post-it notes to Excel spreadsheets. I even had reminders to add things to my list of reminders!”
Here are the seven apps that we reviewed, including information about their features, the devices for which they’re available, and our overall opinion of their usefulness and value. Of course every caregiver’s needs are different, so don’t necessarily rule out an app we didn’t praise or count on a highly praised app to work perfectly for your family.
iPhone: Yes ($.99) | iPad: yes ($.99) | Android: No | Web app: No | Ann’s full Review
Balance: For Alzheimer’s Caregivers is a versatile app geared specifically caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease.
- Alzheimer’s disease reference and information
- Alzheimer’s caregiving and advice
- Advanced medication management features, such as refill date, start date, dosage, and so on
- Uses the iPhone and iPad’s native scheduling features, but adds categories relevant to caregivers
- “Doctor diary” for logging symptoms and taking notes that may be relevant at the next’s visit
- News about Alzheimer’s disease