Full-time caregiving responsibilities can be a lot to balance in the day-to-day. Each day brings multiple tasks, from medication management to home tasks to emotional support for your loved one.
Here, we’ve created a list of helpful apps for carers designed to help organise, assist, and empower you as a carer. Most are mobile, allowing on-the-go access to scheduling, tracking, communicating tools, and more.
Please note that we are not affiliated with the apps mentioned in this list. We provided them as examples for informational purposes only. Always conduct your own research before choosing any app or tool to ensure it meets your specific needs as a carer.
Care planning, management and support apps
Tasks, caregiving details, and personal commitments all vie for your attention every day, making it challenging to keep everything in order. Care planning, management, and support apps can be helpful in these instances. They offer many great features for carers, such as:
- Organised scheduling to set and prioritise tasks
- Medication tracking so you stay on top of medication schedules, dosages, and refill dates to ensure consistent care
- Appointment reminders so you don’t miss a doctor’s appointment or therapy session
- Daily activity logs to document and review daily activities, ensuring that you follow routines and accomplish all tasks
- Collaboration tools that allow family members to collaborate and communicate about care responsibilities
- Document storage to keep important documents, like medical records or care plans, in one easily accessible place
- Customisable alerts so you can set specific alerts, such as hydration reminders or bed-time routines
- Progress tracking to monitor and track the health and wellbeing progress of your loved one
- Resource libraries where you can access expert-approved articles, videos, and other resources for caregiving
Medical record apps
Having quick access to medical information is crucial when caring for someone. It helps you understand medication dosages, recall allergy details, or reference medical history when you need it. Medical record apps can help you with each of these. Here’s what they can typically do:
- Store all medical details in one organised space, from doctor’s notes to pathology results.
- Log and monitor medication schedules, dosages, and refill dates.
- Maintain a list of known allergies, chronic conditions, and other vital health details.
- Schedule, track, and set reminders for upcoming medical appointments.
- Highlight critical information for emergencies, such as blood type, contacts, and advance directives.
- Easily share medical records with healthcare professionals, other caregivers, or family members as needed.
- Monitor and track health progress over time using visuals like charts or graphs.
- Protect sensitive health information with password protection, biometric access, or encryption.
- Integrate with wearable devices to track real-time health metrics like heart rate, sleep patterns, or activity levels.
- Offer symptom checkers, medication interactions, or other tools to provide insights into health conditions.
- Provide relevant informational resources related to health and wellness
- Ensure that records are backed up and can be accessed from different devices or locations.
Medication management apps
If you need to track medication schedules and dosages, you should also have medication management apps in your toolkit as a carer. They often have these helpful features:
- Medication list: You can scan packaging to create a detailed list of medications.
- Reminders: The app automatically reminds you to give medications, refill prescriptions, and track health information.
- Medication delivery: Offers free delivery of medications to your door.
- Insurance savings: Helps you or your loved one potentially save on medical expenses by scanning their insurance card.
- Automatic updates: Updates you every time scripts are filled, providing full details on scripts, dosage, and supply.
- Tap-to-refill: Allows you to order prescriptions with a tap, which you can then collect immediately at the pharmacy.
- Medication information: Provides comprehensive data for all medicines.
Diet and nutrition tracking apps
Maybe you need to make sure your loved one is getting enough protein, or perhaps you’re monitoring their sugar intake for health reasons. Whatever the dietary concern, diet and nutrition tracking apps can be invaluable for many reasons, such as:
- Providing you with a comprehensive view of your loved one’s food consumption through a food diary
- Analysing the nutritional content of logged foods, detailing macronutrients (like proteins, fats, and carbohydrates) and micronutrients (like vitamins and minerals)
- Tracking daily caloric intake and comparing it to recommended daily allowances or personal goals
- Providing recipes and meal plans tailored to specific dietary needs or preferences, such as gluten-free or vegan options
- Highlighting potential allergens in logged foods and offering alternatives or warnings
- Monitoring daily hydration levels by logging water and other beverage consumption
Communicating with others is another crucial part of your life as a carer, whether discussing a loved one’s health with a specialist, updating your family on recent progress, or simply needing a listening ear.
A helpful communication app has the following features:
- Real-time messaging to communicate instantly with family members or healthcare professionals
- Video calls for remote check-ins, healthcare consultations and staying connected with distant family members
- Secure file sharing to share important documents, such as medical records, prescriptions, or care plans, with relevant parties
- End-to-end encryption for confidentiality and privacy
- Emergency alerts to a predefined list of contacts in case of a crisis or health concern
Besides your phone’s built-in features and downloadable communication apps, you can use healthdirect Video Call. It’s a government-backed platform for virtual consultations. It provides an experience similar to an in-person clinic visit with your healthcare provider.
Physical activity and rehabilitation apps
If the person under your care needs assistance with physical activity or is receiving therapeutic support, physical activity and rehabilitation apps can make a significant difference. They offer:
- Customisable exercise plans that cater to specific health conditions, age, or goals
- Video demonstrations and step-by-step instructions
- Progress tracking so you know where adjustments are necessary
- Support from physical therapists or trainers to ensure you are following expert-approved exercises
Safety and monitoring apps
You can’t be with the person under your care 24/7, so you may find it helpful to include safety and monitoring apps on your list. These apps provide peace of mind and empower your loved one with a sense of independence and security. Here are some features you’ll love about these apps:
- Real-time monitoring to monitor the movements and activities of your loved ones, ensuring they are safe, especially if they have mobility challenges or are prone to wandering
- Fall detection so it can alert you or emergency services
- Geo-fencing so you can set up safe zones and receive alerts if your loved one moves outside these predefined areas
- Integration with wearables to monitor vital signs, sleep patterns, or activity levels
When planning outings or trips, knowing which locations or routes are best suited for your loved ones can reduce anxiety and ensure a more enjoyable experience for both of you.
This is why accessibility apps are helpful. Here are more reasons to have these apps:
- Accessibility maps that offer information on wheelchair-accessible routes, buildings, and facilities
- Venue reviews from the community on the accessibility of public places, helping you choose suitable locations for outings
- Real-time updates, such as the current status of elevators or accessible transit options
- Voice commands for hands-free navigation
- Transportation options, including buses, trains, or services that cater specifically to persons with a disability
- Emergency services locator so you can quickly locate nearby accessible emergency services or medical facilities
Financial management apps
As the trusted caregiver, you may be tasked with managing finances for your cared person. This can include medical bills, therapy sessions, medications, and daily care needs.
Financial management apps can help you in this aspect so you can avoid budget oversight, track expenses and even create financial forecasts. More specifically, a good financial management app can help you:
- Easily input and categorise daily expenses, from medical bills to grocery shopping.
- Set weekly, monthly or yearly budgets with customisable categories
- Receive notifications for upcoming bills or subscriptions
- Generate detailed reports about spending habits, savings, and areas of improvement
- Store important financial documents, like insurance policies or medical bills
- Sync with bank accounts or credit cards for real-time transaction updates and balance checks
- Set and monitor savings goals, whether for future medical treatments, vacations, or emergency funds.
There are plenty of general budgeting apps out there, but there are specific budgeting apps you may find beneficial as a carer. One is the NDIS app which can help you manage your loved one’s NDIS plans, track budgets and monitor expenses related to care and support.
The other is the Medical Cost Finder, a tool provided by the Australian Government Department of Health to help you find and understand costs for medical specialist services across Australia.
While these are not full-blown financial management apps, they are helpful when budgeting.
Mental health and wellbeing apps
Of course, a helpful apps list will only be complete with something for yourself as a carer. While you’re dedicated to providing the best care for your loved one, looking after your own mental health and wellbeing is equally essential. They can help you:
- Manage stress through guided meditation sessions, breathing exercises, and other relaxation techniques.
- Boost resilience with cognitive behavioural therapy tools and exercises to better cope with the challenges of caregiving.
- Track mood, helping you identify patterns and triggers that might affect your wellbeing.
- Sleep better. Some apps offer sleep aids, like calming music or bedtime stories, ensuring you get the restful sleep you need to recharge.
- Access educational resources for mental health, self-care techniques, and emotional wellbeing.
- Connect with others. Some apps offer direct access to therapists or counsellors, allowing you to seek professional guidance when needed. Some platforms also let you join support groups to engage with communities of fellow caregivers or individuals who understand your journey.
Smiling Mind is a popular mindfulness and meditation app that provides evidence-based tools that teach you skills to maintain your mental health in interactive ways.
Another trusted mental health and wellbeing app is Beyond Blue. It offers a range of resources, including personal stories, forums for peer support, and opportunities to connect with mental health professionals.
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