Using mobile apps for caregiving hasn’t caught on as much as it could. According to a caring.com survey, only 7% of family caregivers have tried using a mobile app to help with family caregiving. That has to change.

In order for you to try an app, however, you should know the features that are must-haves. Check out the five that we believe are critical to any mobile technology for caregivers.

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For a deeper dive, check out our FREE comprehensive guide, The Beginner’s Guide to Using Technology as a Caregiver.

Mobile

Caregiving moves at the speed of life. Anytime, anywhere, something can happen, and something has to be done. So any technology for caregivers must be mobile. You’re almost not in the game anymore if you don’t have some kind of mobile presence or a mobile app – something that allows things to happen anytime, anywhere.

Secure

HIPAA compliance is no longer an option when it comes to sharing health information between patients and professionals using mobile devices. Therefore all mobile apps for healthcare must be secure, private, and guarantee the confidentiality of patient/family to provider communication.

Simple

The technology cannot be complicated. No one in a care situation can spend a ton of time trying to learn a new app, or some kind of new technology, when caring for a loved one and/or manage care. Finding the time to learn something tricky just isn’t going to happen. It has to be simple, and it has to be intuitive, with no new behaviors.

Shareable

People want to be kept up-to-date on how patients are doing. Whether those people are helping to deliver care or not, they want to know at least what’s going on, and that’s why “shareability” matters. That way, you can alert family and friends of all the things that are happening quickly and effectively. Increased efficiency with updates is what the technology should provide to be ultimately shareable.

Accountable

The last one – and most important – is accountability. Caregiving is about getting it done, getting it done right, and getting it done on time, as prescribed. Not doing it – meaning failing to adhere to the care tasks and care plan – can have serious consequences. Sometimes life and death consequences. The technology must communicate, notify, and record when a task is performed. That way, we and the other people on the care team can know if there are any barriers or challenges to getting things done per the doctor’s instructions. We have to follow the plan to the letter, because not doing so can have devastating effects.

Does your healthcare application meet these criteria? If not, then it’s time for you to download and install the Care3 mobile app. It’s 100% FREE.

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Imagine that your elderly mother, who’s known as Nana, lives with you and your family. You’ve noticed that she’s been a bit down lately. She’s mentioned several times that she has not heard from her siblings or old friends in some time. Even though Nana tires easily, you’ve seen how a short social visit can really lift her spirits. So you decide to arrange a get together for Nana next weekend. As an added benefit, you’ll be able to slip out during the visit to run some errands and enjoy a little personal time. Sounds like a win-win, no? Plus, with Care3, you know you can set up a visit in seconds.

Start by logging on to Care3 and tapping the Action Message icon in your Care Team conversation. You will then be prompted to enter all the details that folks need to know – such as the date, time and location. Add any other important information in the “Notes” section, such as the fact that the visit will be capped at two hours to keep Nana from getting overtired. Then, instead of sending this Action Message to everyone on the team, you may choose in this instance to select just Nana’s area siblings, old friends and former neighbors so that it’s a more intimate gathering of the people she’s been missing. Keep tabs on your iPhone as one or more people accept the Action and your idea quickly turns into a reality.

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Use Care3 LIKE A BOSS to Care for Loved Ones

Thank you for all you do caring for others!

Check out the second video (<6 minutes) where our CEO, David Williams, walks you step-by-step on how to use Care3 like a BOSS to care for loved ones.

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