24th Jan 2014

12 apps to keep carers organised

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12 Apps to keep carers organised
Jennene Buckley

Whether you work outside the home or you’re a full-time carer at home, you probably wear several other hats: nurse, sitter, cook, bookkeeper, driver and assistant. Keeping track of it all and getting it all done requires a to-do list of epic proportions, and even the most organised person can occasionally tip into a state of carer chaos. Your smartphone or tablet can be a great help and there are many simple, affordable apps to help people get and stay organised.

The tech team at Feros Care has provided its favorite 12 apps for menu planning, health, safety, money management and organising your and your family’s lives.

Smartphone Apps for menu planning, health, tracking finances and organiser

Staying Organised

CarePartners Mobile

For those who share caring responsibilities amongst two or more people. The carers all have the app installed on their phone and create a ‘community’, where they can chat to the other carers in their group to exchange information about the care recipient, add items to a task list, delegate responsibility and claim responsibility for other tasks.  This way they can also see who is responsible for what, and it allows everyone to have greater peace of mind in knowing all required tasks are being attended to.

Compatibility: iOS, Android

Price: Free

 

Task N ToDo’s

A list for all your task and to do’s – but the best bit is you can enter them by talking into your phone! You can set due dates and deadlines for tasks which will sync with your calendar, prioritise tasks and remind you ahead of time about upcoming tasks. And, as it syncs with Google tasks, this can synchronise across your tablet, phone and computer, so you’ll always be reminded regardless of which piece of hardware you are using. Easy to use features such as drag and drop capability to move around and swiping to navigate between tasks makes this app a very easy and quick to use.

Compatibility: iOS, Android

Price: Free

 

Safety

Life 360 – Family Locator

Life 360 is a free app that you can install on your and your loved ones’ phones and it will plot your and their locations in real time on a map. So if you need to see where your partner /mother /father etc is at any one point just look at the Life 360 app and you’ll get live time information on their location. It also holds historical data for 2 days in case you want to see how long they spent down at the pub!

Compatibility: iOS, Android

Price: Free

 

Smart-ICE

This application can be installed on a phone and provides a detailed history of your medical data for Emergency personnel, such as your name, contacts, important phone number, blood type, allergies, medications you are on, past hospitalisation history and even the name and number of your health insurance policy.  Saves you or your family having to spend a lot of time finding this information to relay it onwards in a time of emergency.

Compatibility: iOS

Price: $0.99

 

GeoFence Tracker

With Geofence Tracker, you can create a specific ‘safe zone’ or ‘unauthorized zone’ on a map and get an email alert if the phone leaves or enters the area.  Whenever the person leaves the area you can receive an SMS or email alerting you as well as their current location, with a link to GPS coordinates on Google maps. This can be very useful for keeping track of loved ones or patients who are prone to ‘wandering’ or getting lost.

Compatibility: iOS, Android

Price: Free

 

Health

Med Helper

Med Helper keeps track of prescriptions, reminds you when medications need to be taken, notifies you when doctor’s appointments are scheduled and alerts you when meds are running low or are about to expire.  It can also track your vital signs and take-as-needed medications. You can log and export reports to your doctor, nurse or carer and multiple profiles let you manage others in your care.

Compatibility: iOS, Android, Blackberry

Price: Free

 

Pocket Pharmacy

Created by a pharmacist, this $1.99 app provides absolutely unbiased drug information which is not sponsored in any way by pharmaceutical companies or medication brands. iPhone Life magazine calls PocketPharmacist the number one pharmacy app, as features include not only a medication organiser but also the ‘Med Check’ tool, which automatically searches for medication incompatibilities, which can give you peace of mind by keeping you better informed about your or your loved ones’ medications.

 

Compatibility: iOS, Android

Price: $1.99

 

Money Matters

Manilla

This financial organiser allows you to manage all accounts, credit card, subscriptions and in addition allows you to make custom accounts for other inevitable expenses such as rent or cleaning services.  You can set it up to remind you when bills are due. It also lets you know what’s coming up for payment ahead of time and projects future expenses based on past and current spend, helping you to plan your budget for today, as well as in the future.

Compatibility: iOS, Android

Price: Free

 

Your Bank’s Mobile App   

Almost all banks offer an online service, and most have fairly advanced features. A particularly useful feature for those who are caring for someone but aren’t always able to be around and have concerns about their cash usage, is the ability to simply set an alert on the person’s account to send you a text message each time any amount above a certain amount is spent, withdrawn or transferred.

Compatibility: iOS, Android, Blackberry

Price: Free

 

Meals & Nutrition

MyFitnessPal

MyFitnessPal is basically a food diary. You tally up your meals and intake throughout the day, and you can use it to track calorie intake. The app has a huge database of foods, including the good stuff nature provides, such as fruit, as well as packaged goods. You can also scan barcodes of products and it will add them to your list. Just select a serving size and add it to your daily entries. If you can’t find the meal that you prepared, you can ‘build’ it by adding ingredients together.

You can also track how much water you drink, how much exercise you’ve done and, when you complete your entry for the day, it will give you a summary based on the goals you entered when you first set up the app.

Compatibility: iOS, Android

Price: Free

 

 

Our Groceries Shopping List

Have a live-time shopping list that you add to as you go, and sync the list with your loved one’s/carer’s phone! You can just keep adding items to it as you run out during the week, and the person doing the shopping for you will automatically know to purchase these items. And, if they pick one or two items up in the week for you, they can cross it off the list and that will transfer back to your list. It also sorts your groceries by type to help when walking up and down the supermarket aisles.

Compatibility: iOS, Android

Price: Free

 

 

ALLrecipes.com Dinner Spinner

The Dinner Spinner app has a humongous library of recipe ideas just waiting for you to find. You can literally ‘shake’ your phone and the app will throw random recipes at you. Don’t think about it, just shake it!

You can scan ingredients from your own pantry and Dinner Spinner can you show recipes containing the ingredients you have on hand. You’ll turn that forgotten can of crushed tomatoes hiding in the pantry into an amazing dinner. You can filter by dietary requirements (gluten, vegetarian etc.), select ingredients you have or want/need to cook with, and Dinner Spinner does the test.

To top it off, you can build a shopping list from the recipes you want to complete. You plan a week of meals from the comfort of your couch, the app builds your shopping list, and off you go the supermarket.

Compatibility: iOS, Android

Price: Free or $2.99 version (more options)

 



Contact

In her 13 years as Chief Executive Officer, Jennene Buckley has expanded Feros Care from a single locality, residential provider to one of the fastest growing aged and community care services on the east coast of Australia. Today, Feros Care’s service footprint spans 4 states for community care and nationally for their lifelink telehealthcare service.

Feros Care Health Team services support healthy active ageing and can assist with helping clients access aged care services to improve healthy quality of living. For more information contact Feros Aged Care Advisory Service 1300 763 583 or visit Feros Care.

For all media enquires
Contact Feros Care CEO Jennene Buckley (07) 5669 0555
 





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