Easy Communication for Caregivers, Families Through App

Communication between caregivers and families of senior clients might not always sync up the way it should. The Carebridge app provides the ability to share information about a senior client with their families without needing to call them every time. 

When a user logs into Carebridge, they are immediately presented with the option to either create a new site or log into an existing site. When a caregiver creates a new site for him or herself or for someone else, he/she is presented with the option to pick a custom URL. For example, if a senior client is named Mary Smith, a caregiver could create the custom URL to be caring bridge.org/visit/marysmith if it has not already been claimed by another user. The caregiver can share this URL with anyone who needs access to the information. 

In oder to maintain privacy, the app offers three levels of security for the site a caregiver creates. Low privacy means that anyone with the URL can view the site created by the caregiver; medium privacy means that all visitors to the site must create an account and log in to view the information; and high privacy means that only people the caregiver invites to view the site can gain access. The privacy settings also address whether or not the site should appear in search results for the specific person's name.   

The site layout consists of five main areas: Journal, Guestbook, Photos, Planner and Tributes. Caregivers can use the Journal area to address any specific routine notes that family members may need to know, such as the last time a senior client took their medication or dietary restrictions. The Guestbook area and the Photos area offer an opportunity for loved ones to share moments with a caregiver's client. Grandchildren could stop by and write a little note to say hi or share a photo of a recent school project. The Planner area gives family members and caregivers alike a chance to arrange a client's schedule together. The Tributes area is for donations to the app creators to maintain the sites. Loved ones can submit a donation and write a tribute message regarding why they're donating money on that person's behalf. 

The CaringBridge 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



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