Caregiving can have many rewards but can also be challenging and stressful at times. There is much evidence that the high demands of caregiving often lead caregivers to experience stress that affects their physical, mental and social health. This is a phenomenon commonly referred to as caregiver burden. Mobile apps have the potential to provide resources and information to support caregivers, for example apps that provide problem-solving and stress reduction strategies.
Deciding on suitable apps – help me choose
A study assessing mobile apps for caregivers of older adults(external link) outlined the following criteria to be important or desirable in caregiving apps:
- Information and resources: Tips and advice, information about dementia and other diseases, searchable databases, videos, symptom tracking.
- Family communication: Care coordination among family, instant messaging, calendar sharing, to-do lists.
- Memory aids: Activities for care recipient, conversation starters, tools for memory support and reminiscence.
- Care for caregiver: Support or chat groups, burden assessments, words of encouragement.
- Behaviour solutions: Tips and information to manage problem behaviours (eg, agitation, wandering).
- Safety: GPS or motion sensor tracking, automated check-in calls, alarms and reminders.
- Medication management: Medication reminders, dosage information, drug-interaction databases.
- Personal health record tracking: Healthcare provider appointment reminders.
Here is a carer support app reviewed by Healthify
|CogniCare app aims to support carers looking after people with dementia. Read more about CogniCare app.
|We identified one New Zealand app categorised as a caregiver support app called Mycare app. This app is a networking app that connects people seeking help and support with those offering home-based services.
Country of origin: New Zealand
Read more about Mycare app.
Other apps you may find helpful
You may find the following apps useful:
- Mental health and wellbeing apps: To learn techniques such as guided meditation and mindfulness to help you cope with feels of anxiety, depression and stress. Read more about mental health and wellbeing apps.
- Medication reminder apps: Apps that can help you keep track of medications - they can send you a reminder to give medicines, and you can record when you have given the dose. Read more about medication reminder apps.
- Patient portal apps: Apps that enable New Zealanders to access local online health services through patient portals. Patient portals are secure online sites, provided by GPs, where you can request repeat prescriptions, access your health information and interact with your general practice. Read more about patient portal apps.
Be aware of privacy and security
Read more about privacy and security(external link).
Also read more about things you can do to improve your safety and security when using apps.