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There’s An App For That

Even if you don’t use a smartphone, you have likely heard of “apps” by now. App is short for application, which is a self-contained program or piece of software on a smartphone to fulfill a specific purpose. There seems to be an app for everything imaginable these days—including caregiving.

We have selected a short list of caregiving-related apps for you to check out:

  1. caregiving-appsCalm down and check your heart rate with your phone. The Azumio Heart Rate app is free and available on iOS and Android. All you need is one finger and a few seconds to detect your pulse. The app makers note that this data is for recreation and fitness uses only.
  2. The American Heart Association has created Pocket First Aid & CPR app, which is credited with saving at least one life so far. This app includes videos and colorful illustrations to guide a user through life-saving instructions. Available for both Google Android and Apple iPhone.
  3. Stop stress before it starts with an app. Certified by The American Institute of Stress, the Stress Stopper Pro app from Stress is Gone LLC aims to stop stress before it starts—precisely three minutes before it starts. At one touch, users are reminded to breathe or laugh. Currently only available for iPhone.
  4. CaringBridge, the non-profit that allows users to set up their own websites to share photos and personal information with a select audience, has a smartphone app for Google Android or Apple iPhone.
  5. You don’t need a lot of expensive recording equipment to document Grandpa’s life story—just download the Record Their Stories app and start asking questions as your loved one answers right into the phone. Read more about this app in our related article on making life stories into gifts.
  6. Koi Pond from The Blimp Pilots is a game as well as a relaxation app, complete with a timer for snoozing (see our current article on the benefits of good sleep) while you listen to the gentle sounds of rippling water. Users can “feed” the fish and let the fish “nibble” their fingers. Currently only available for iPhone.
  7. Walking is beneficial for everything from weight loss to dementia. Check out MapMyWalk, which allows users to yes, map a walking route, and also set fitness goals, share with family and friends, record duration, speed, calories burned and more.

We’d love to hear about apps that you find useful or just plain fun too.


2 Responses to There’s An App For That
  1. Mika
    December 23, 2013 | 8:08 pm

    My company builds a great (free) app for patients and caretakers to better manage imaging records. Jack Imaging allows you to upload, view and share medical images (X-ray, CT, MRI), or even request a second opinion.

    Check it out at or to view your images directly from CD, visit

    Please feel free to contact me for any more information!

    happy holidays,

  2. caregiver
    February 21, 2014 | 2:00 am

    Recognizing that the stress you are experiencing can sometimes lead to depression is the first step to preventing it — and burnout. To take that step, talk about your feelings, frustrations, and fears with the palliative care team’s social worker or mental health professional. Talking helps you understand what’s going on for you and for the person in your care. It helps you come to grips with the fact that you are not in total control of the situation.

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