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How Your Smartphone Can Help You Care for a Patient or Loved One

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Whether you’re caring for a loved one with complex care needs like dementia and memory loss or you work for an elder care program, one of the best pieces of senior care technology you can use is your smartphone. There are various types of elder care programs and apps you can use to provide the best possible care for your loved one or patient.

Balance, for instance, is an app for iOS that will help you care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease for only $.99. Balance provides news and information on the disease as well as caregiving tips and advice. You can also program the app to work with your phone’s scheduling features to notify you of medication refill dates and dosages.

Caregiver’s Touch is a little more expensive, at $4.99 for iPhones and $19.95 a month for computers, but its wealth of features may be worth it for busy caregivers. You can log detailed information about your patient or loved one, manage medication and schedules for multiple people, keep a log of medical history and share care information with other family members.

CareZone is a free alternative with fewer features but more versatility. It’s available for both Android and iOS devices and allows you to track medications, share task lists and logs with other “helpers,” and create a care profile. It’s great for communicating with other caregivers, though it lacks reminders and notifications right now.

Caring Ties is on the opposite end of the spectrum, free but only available as a web app (though the web app can be used on smart phones and tablets). Caring Ties focuses more on blood sugar and blood pressure and allows you to share information with family members.

There are plenty of other apps and elder care programs out there, so find one that suits your needs best!

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