5 iPhone Apps for Caregivers

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SeniorsForLiving.Com
Published: 
02/06/2010

I have an iPhone. I hesitated about buying it last year, wondering if I “really needed it.” Even though I’m not sure if anyone really needs one, I have really enjoyed mine and found some great uses for it. It’s not just for business use. I use it to remember and keep track of a lot of things that would otherwise be scraps of paper in my wallet, or more likely, down in my purse. There are so many great applications for most anything you’d want to do, so I thought I’d see if there were any iPhone applications geared toward caregivers, and I found several. CareConnector – This app from Johnson and Johnson helps you keep track of personal medical information for multiple people all in one place. It’s free and one thing I really like is that you can access a network of caregivers right within the app on Message Board where you can join in on discussions and get advice from people in similar situations. Elder 411 – This $1.99 application from Presto and Marion Somers, Ph.D (Doctor Marion) is a resource for accessing on-the-spot caregiving information, covering the full spectrum of caregiving issues: talking about tough subjects, keeping the home safe, managing financial and legal needs, considering housing options, and more. iPills – This app tracks pills you need to take regularly and it shows you what you need to take, and what you’ve taken. Polka – Polka tracks yours or your loved ones’ personal health. You can track information such as diet, fitness regimens, blood pressure or progress of a health condition. Also from Polka is the Emergency Card iPhone app that stores users’ important health and contact information securely and makes it accessible anytime, anywhere, and when they need it most during the critical moments of an emergency. You’d be surprised what you can’t remember during an emergency, I speak from experience. Are there any must-have apps that make your life easier? Share them in the comments. -Elizabeth Thielke

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