Need Some Gift Ideas for the Caregiver on your List? Eldercare Apps!

by Petra Maxwell on December 1, 2010

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It’s no secret that most eldercare decisions fall on women who are already busy with jobs, kids, and their own home life (29% of working people are responsible for making eldercare decisions). Caring for an elderly parent, or trying to make decisions about care for that parent is time-consuming and stressful no matter how much you have on your plate. And when you are faced with an emergency situation (such as a parent who can no longer remain at home, or a parent who is hospitalized and needs to be released to a facility), finding the information you need in a timely way makes all the difference.

Workplace Options has introduced the iFindCare app (available in the iTunes store). Enter a zip code and the app allows you to locate and qualify caregivers from your phone. The app will locate caregivers within a 20 mile radius and allow you to pre-select them based on a customizable checklist. Narrowing your list of calls down to a handful makes finding the right care much easier.

Eldercare 411 and Eldercare 911 are information based apps you can use to quickly access medical advice from your phone in a crisis or just when it’s convenient. Eldercare 411 offers information organized by topics. Eldercare 911 is triaged by the type of event you’re dealing with so you can get quick answers and tips on how to handle a situation.

The LiveSmart Eldercare Workbook is a complete eldercare manual at your fingertips, including checklists and assessments. It’s perfect for looking things up and always have a checklist for your situation on hand (even at times when you don’t expect to need one, such as ER visits).

Eldercare apps are just getting started and will continue to evolve and on my wish list are apps that:

– Offer an online updatable schedule so family members and friends can schedule caregiving time blocks from their phones or Blackberries;

– Allow family members to check in with their senior via webcams streaming from the senior’s room at a caregiving facility or at home; and

– Provide online updatable statuses so family can check in on seniors experiencing a health issue or dealing with a chronic condition (such as vitals, insulin levels, etc.).

What would your dream eldercare app do?

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