Blood Glucose App Helps Caregivers Track Diabetes

According to the American Diabetes Association, in 2012, 9.3% of the population had Diabetes. For senior caregivers with senior clients who have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, managing blood sugar levels may seem like a difficult task. The iGluco app allows senior caregivers to easily track their senior clients' blood sugar levels over time.

When users first download the app, they need to create an account. This includes basic informationc such as name and email address. Then, users need to complete their profile with more detailed information, such as gender, age, height and weight. Then, users need to set up their glucometer to work with the app if they want it to automatically sync with the app. Alternatively, caregivers can manually input the information from readings as they happen or they can upload offline measurements from the device.

To add a new measurement. caregivers first need to enter the blood glucose reading as ml/dL. Then, users need to enter the time of day with detail, such as before or after breakfast, whether or not they took medication or insulin, if they exercised, how many carbs they ate, etc. All of these factors affect blood glucose levels, so more accurate information will help caregivers and health care professionals recognize patterns over time.

Over time, caregivers can view the average results from all of the readings entered. This information includes an average number for blood glucose, the highest and lowest blood glucose readings, and a breakdown of the number of readings considered high, normal and low. This information can be useful for caregivers to share with their senior clients' doctors during regular visits to check in on the daily management of their diabetes.

The Learn area of the app also includes resources to help senior caregivers delve deeper into diabetes management. It includes articles from Diabetes Forecast Magazine, which range from active lifestyle tips and recipes to advice for traveling with diabetes and tricks for remembering to take medication. 

The iGluco 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

MayoClinic App Eases Communication Between Patients, Doctors: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

Assisting seniors as a caregiver brings many challenges, including the challenge of communicating with both the senior, their family members and their medical doctors. Now, senior caregivers and their senior clients can make communicating with their doctors easy by using the MayoClinic app. Users of the app can search locations, schedule appointments, see their medical records and view publications. 

Making a doctor's appointment for a senior client can potentially result in a game of phone tag between the patient and the medical office. With the Mayo Clinic app, senior caregivers can help their senior clients make appointments within the app. Further communication with the doctor's office within the app includes recommended health actions by their physician. 

Another useful area of the app once an appointment is made allows users to plan for their visit to the clinic by reading about specific information on the clinic and hospital buildings, maps and parking. Lodging and restaurant information also makes it easy for patients who may be traveling to their appointments to find accommodations. A video guide also shows users various aspects of the clinics, from arriving at the local airports to tours of the downtown area and entering the clinic. 

The My Health section of the app allows users access to their medical records and health information on demand, as well as to see recommendations for health actions from their doctor. This function comes in handy when senior clients may be visiting a different doctor for an regular exam, such as the dentist, and they ask for any changes in medical history. Caregivers can help senior clients pull up the medical history on the app to compare with the data on file at that office.

Patients can also message their doctors through the app if they have a minor health question, such as a clarification on the instructions for taking a medication. In the Our Locations sections you can also search all Mayo Clinic locations in case of a need to see a physician while away from home. The flip through organization of the categories of the app with subcategory descriptions below allows for easy navigation. 

The Mayo Clinic 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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