Caregiver Apps To Get You Through The Tough Moments

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Being a caregiver for a kid with congenital heart defects (CHD) can seem like a full-time job. Medications, doctor appointments, finances—I know the stress can add up.

When you need some help keeping things organized, or you just need a little break to decompress, your smartphone can come in handy. 

Here are some caregiver apps that can help you out. I am not endorsing these apps, but I encourage you to check them out and let me know what you think of them.

Taking Care Of Your Family

As a caregiver, you’ll probably find that tracking medical information is one of your main responsibilities. Here are some apps to make it a bit easier.

Lionheart

Lionheart is a tool to help you track your kid’s medication—when it needs to be taken, who was the last person to give it to him, etc. Lionheart also stores your child’s medical history, including his history of check-ups and emergency room visits. You can even use it to email information to his pediatrician.

This app could work well for families where there is more than one caregiver. Since it’s a cloud-based app, any caregiver—parents, grandparents, babysitters—can access it.

Get Lionheart (iPhone)

Family Medical Manager

Tracking a heart kid’s medical needs or information can be stressful. It can be even harder when you have other kids or if you have your own medical conditions.

That’s why the Family Medical Manager app is very useful. It has a lot of features to track medication, dental and vision appointments, insurance information, medical history, even expenses. But it’s not just for your heart kid—you can manage this information for every member of your family.

Get Family Medical Manager (iPhone)

My Doc Notes FREE

You can never ask your child’s doctor too many questions. Asking questions doesn’t just give you important information—it can also give you peace of mind that you’re doing everything you can to help your kiddo.

However, it’s easy to have questions and then forget to ask them. The My Doc Notes FREE app stores questions that you’re hoping to ask. You can sort them by category, such as questions about prescriptions or test results. If you can’t type at the moment, you can also record your questions in voice memo form.

Get My Doc Notes FREE (Android, iPhone)

Taking Care Of Yourself

If your child has a heart defect, you might put your own health on the back burner. However, your health is just as important.

iPhone Health App

You don’t need to carve out a lot of time to exercise. If you have an iPhone, look at the health app that came installed on the phone. As long as you keep your phone on you, the health app can track things like:

  • Steps you take
  • Distance when walking or running
  • How many flights of stairs you’ve climbed

You can also use the app to quickly and easily track other medical stats like nutrition intake, vital signs, or hours of sleep.

Buddhify

Meditation is great for caregivers. Just 30 minutes of meditation each day can relieve symptoms of depression and improve your mental well-being.

There are plenty of meditation apps out there, such as Buddhify. Buddhify has over 80 guided meditations designed for specific situations, including “feeling stressed,” or “can’t sleep.”

Get Buddhify (Android, iPhone)

Having Fun

Sometimes, you just want to do something that doesn’t require much work or attention. Here are some apps that can relieve stress and are just plain fun.

Adult Coloring Books

Digital coloring books aren’t just for kids anymore. Many adults use coloring books as a way to relax. Adult coloring book apps let you “paint” hundreds of different pictures.

A 2010 study in the American Journal of Public Health found that creative arts can decrease anxiety and stress—both of which are common in heart kids’ caregivers.

  • Get Colorfy – Coloring Book Free (Android)
  • Get Adult Coloring Book – Color Therapy Pages & Stress Relief Coloring Book for Adults (iPhone)

Music Apps

Music is known to have healing effects, especially if you are suffering from stress, anxiety, or depression. You can download the typical music apps like Pandora or Spotify, but there’s something else that might be fun to try.

These apps let you “play” instruments to make music right from your phone:

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Barb Roessner

Hi, I'm Barb, and I'm a Physician Assistant and coordinator of the Heart Failure and Transplant Program at Children's Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha. I work with patients and families at every step of the journey, from diagnosing their child's heart condition to my favorite part—calling them to say "We have a heart."

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