Patient Education App Helps Caregivers, Senior Clients Understand Medical Issues

For caregivers, looking after senior clients with specific medical issues can be challenging. It's important to fully understand the health issue and the steps being taken to prevent or lessen the effects of the issue at hand. The primary source of information should always be a medical professional, but for caregivers and senior clients looking for more information, the Complete Ortho app offers detailed patient education materials.

When caregivers first open the app, they don't have to create an account, which is refreshing. It brings users directly to a screen to select an area of the body to drill down to the information they're seeking. Body area options include: shoulder, elbow, hand & wrist, spine, hip, knee, and ankle & foot. Caregivers and their senior clients can use these to drill down to an area where they may be experiencing pain, or to an area where they already have a doctor's diagnosis but would like more information. The descriptions in the app will help caregivers and their senior clients get more information about what could be causing pain or difficulty before visiting the doctor. Of course. all information should be verified with a physician. 

Once caregivers select a body part, they will be taken to a screen with a close-up on a skeletal view of that part of the body on the left and a menu with several options on the right. Caregivers can see on the right a tab for anatomy, which goes into detail about all of the different aspects of that body part. For example, when looking at the foot diagram, you can click on "Achilles Tendon." When users click on it, a diagram within the app highlights the tendon and whirls to the correct position to display it. So if a senior client finds out they're having an issue with their Achilles Tendon, now they can see exactly where it's located on their body and where the problem may be stemming from. 


The next tab in this area of the app is dedicated to conditions concerning that area of the body. This area offers short videos explaining the function and structure of the different parts of anatomy in the first tab and then offering explanations of why an issues has occurred with them and where the pain is stemming from. For example, with the Achille' Tendon, the app explains that users might experience pain from frequent running or jumping. 

The final tab on this area explains the treatments for the conditions listed in the previous tab. These contain more videos that go into detail about the purpose of certain medical procedures. This area will be particularly useful for senior clients who may already know they need a specific surgery or procedure to gain a thorough understanding of what will be done.

The Complete Ortho app is available for Apple platforms.

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko


2016 Election Coverage from Fox News App

The 2016 Presidential Election is a little over a year away and both the Democratic and Republican parties are gearing up for the primary elections in the spring to determine which candidates will represent them in the general election. After the first Republican debate last night, now is the perfect time for caregivers and their senior clients to get familiar with the various candidates running for both parties using the 2016 Election HQ Fox News App. 

When users open the Election HQ app, they are greeted by a news page with the day's biggest headlines surrounding the election. Today users can read about various take aways from the first Republican debate, such as an analysis on how different candidates handled different questions. The news stories take the format of video or article, giving caregivers the opportunity to pick if they'd rather watch a clip or read about the topic. 

The debate area of the app offers a timeline for all of the upcoming Republican debates and as they approach the app updates with time and which channel it will be shown on TV. As users watch the live debates, the app also offers a scorecard feature. Caregivers can rank how they feel about specific issues during the debates, and the scorecard will show them how their views align with the views of a particular candidate. Unfortunately the only way to use this feature is to watch the debate live on TV. Users lack the ability to retroactively open the app and complete a survey a day or two after a debate to see their results. 

The final tab displays a list of all of the different candidates running for every party. When a user clicks on a particular candidate's name, the profile page with brief background on the candidate and related articles pop up. Unfortunately the profile pages don't display a summary of where each candidate stands on important issues, but the related articles area is extensive and offers insight into their stance on some of those issues. 

Caregivers and their senior clients should take time to familiarize themselves with the candidates and in the coming months decide who they support for the 2016 election. Health care, compensation for workers and climate issues are just a few of the topics up for debate that affect daily life for a caregiver, so learn about the different candidates to see who take the same stance on these issues as you. 

The Fox News Election HQ App is available for Apple and Android platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko

Find Best Prices for Prescriptions Using iPharmacy App

For caregivers with senior clients on a few different prescriptions, the monthly cost can add up quickly. Insurance may only cover part of the cost of prescription drugs in some cases, and it's hard to compare the prices even under insurance between different pharmacies without checking into the cost at each location individually. The iPharmacy App saves prescription drug users time by comparing prices at various pharmacies near them and also serves as a medication manager, pill identifier and drug search tool. 

With the rising costs of prescription drugs, caregivers will likely find the price comparison portion of this app the most useful. A quick search of a current medication that a senior client is prescribed may yield surprising results. The first search I did for a current prescription I use showed that Walgreens, my regular pharmacy, has it for a fraction of the price I usually pay because the app offers a coupon. Users can show the coupon to the pharmacist directly from their phone or e-mail or text the coupon to themselves for later use. The app also offers a free GoodRx card that can be sent to users in the mail for future use on discounts.  

Other app features include the My Meds portion, which allows users to keep track of which prescriptions they're taking, and the reminder feature, which sends users a notification when it's time to take their pills. The pill identifier area of the app asks users to enter identifying details on prescriptions they may have lost the label for, such as imprint, shape and color to figure out what medication it is. Users should take caution in using this portion of the app, particularly if the app identifies the pill as something they've never been prescribed. If there's continued uncertainty as to what a pill is or is used for, consult a pharmacist for verification. 

The app also offers information on drug recalls and a nearby pharmacy search for users. While the app did crash unexpectedly a few times during use, it still provides an all-emcopassing and well organized prescription management and search for caregivers and their senior clients. 

The iPharmacy app is available for Apple and Android platforms.

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko

My Health Care Wishes App Provides Quick Information in Medical Emergency: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

No matter how careful and prepared a senior may think they are for a medical emergency by having their health care wishes laid out, that information may not be readily available depending on where the emergency occurs. Senior caregivers can help their senior clients load their information into the My Health Care Wishes app to have handy on their smartphone in event of an emergency.

By creating a space for the advance directive documents to live on a smartphone, senior clients medical information is always with them. It also establishes a senior's primary and secondary proxy so there's no room for confusion in time of emergency. The PDF version of a user's health care wishes can be quickly pulled up on the screen, or sent via text or e-mail to a health care professional or family member instead of sitting in the senior's place of residence.  

If a senior fell and needed to go to the hospital, the medical personnel could look at the app on their smartphone to call the senior's designated emergency contact. The lite version of the app allows information on the user's primary care physician as well. The layout of the app makes set up and navigation easy so that seniors, caregivers and their families are prepared. Recommended Advance Care Plan Documents for storage in the app include as Advance Medical Directive/Living Will and/or Proxy, a DNR Order signed by physician, a Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment signed by a physician and an Anatomical Gift decision.

 

This app is available for free for Apple and Android platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko

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