Love it or hate it, the world of technology is ubiquitous and sooner or later it will impact on every aspect of our lives.

Take apps for example – just a couple of years ago, only the early adopters were using them. Now it seems like there is a smartphone app for every aspect of our lives – including being a carer.

Whether the apps are good, bad or indifferent, we can’t really say. It is impossible to test them all and give a comprehensive report. But we can tell you what they are and you can do your own research online to see what other users have to say about them.

So, here are some of the latest apps for carers we’d like to share with you, thanks to the list compiled by Debbie McTaggart editor of YourLifeChoices.

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YourLifeChoices best 5 carer apps

CarePartners Mobile
For those who share caring responsibilities amongst two or more people. The carers should all have the app installed on their phone, essentially creating ‘community’. This way it’s easy to chat to the other carers in the group and exchange information about the care recipient, add items to a task list, delegate responsibility and claim responsibility for other tasks. At a glance, each member of the group can see who is responsible for what.

Compatibility: iOS, Android

Price: Free

Life360 – Family locator
Life360 is a free app that you can install on you and your loved ones’ phones and it will plot your locations in real time on a map. So if you need to see where your partner, mother, father, etc. is at any one time, just look at the Life360 app and you’ll get live time information on their location. It also holds historical data for two days should you need to what they’ve been up to!

Compatibility: iOS, Android

Price: Free

Smart-ICE
This app 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 numbers, blood type, allergies, medicines you’re taking, past hospitalisation history and even the name and number of your health insurance provider. It saves you or your family having to spend a lot of time trying to find this information to relay it onwards in a time of emergency.

Compatibility: iOS

Price: Free

Med Helper
Med Helper keeps track of prescriptions, reminds you when medicines need to be taken, notifies you when doctors’ appointments are scheduled and alerts you when medicines 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

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 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 them. 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

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