Smart(phone) caregiving: helpful apps for caregivers


This Wednesday at 3pm EST we will have a Twitter chat about the topic of Apps for Caregivers, using the hashtag #DMSHealth.

We’ve been reading up on some reviews, and these are some apps you might find interesting:

Cozi: this is a family management app. In their words: “It helps you manage the chaos of family life with a shared calendar, shopping lists, to do lists and more. Cozi keeps track of everything from school schedules and sports activities to grocery lists, meals and chores — all in one place the whole family can access anytime, anywhere.”

Lotsa Helping Hands: This app helps you coordinate helpers for food drop offs, prescription pick-ups, or anything else you need help with. They say:” We connect people through the power of community — whether you need help or you want to provide help. You may be caring for an ill loved one, an aging parent, a child with special needs or a veteran. You may want to volunteer to help a friend or others in your neighborhood. However you define help — this is your home.”

Unfrazzled care: This is an app designed specifically for caregivers. Some say it is a little difficult to set up, but it is very comprehensive and customizable! From their website:” Unfrazzle keeps track of your day-to-day caregiving tasks, and lets you share some or all of them. You decide which tasks to track, which to assign, and Unfrazzle does the rest.”

CarePartners: like Lotsa helping Hands, this helps you coordinate your family or community’s helping efforts seamlessly. “It's a free app that you can use to create a shared "to-do" list for a private network of people you invite. You can see at a glance who is doing what, and what tasks still need volunteers. And you can take the tasks for which you are responsible, put them in your smartphone's calendar, and receive reminders.”

Have you used any of these apps? What’s your go-to software to make caregiving easier? See you on Wednesday for the twitter chat. Bring your best tips!

If you have a Twitter account but you’re not familiar with twitter chats, you can go to TweetChat, log in with your Twitter account, and we’ll be there to assist you.