5 Fantastic Phone Apps for Caregivers

5 Fantastic Phone Apps for Caregivers

Save time on errands and make more time for memories

Acting as a caregiver for a family member can be a rewarding experience.  It can also be a lot to manage.  It can be difficult to juggle work, your needs, and the needs of the people in your care.  Luckily, we have the technology available to help us manage our time and responsibilities.

While there are a lot of great apps out there, here are a few we found that can help you buy back some of those hours you’re spending and give you more time to focus on you or spending more quality time with those you care about.

Here are a few of our favorites:

  1. Instacart 

Save time grocery shopping by using this service that does your shopping for you. Download the app, find your favorite stores, and start your shopping list. This service can save you a load of time.  I started using Instacart halfway through the year and have already saved over 46 hours.

There is a delivery fee associated with the service but you can upgrade to Instacart Express to pay $99 yearly to have unlimited free delivery. This fee is absolutely worth it to me.  As I’m getting enough use out of it that I’m averaging $2 per hour I saved. It’s worth the investment in getting that time back.

 

  1. Care.com

This is an app where you can find qualified childcare, house-cleaners, house-sitters or dog sitters. We found a few great babysitters through this app and were able to find those who suite our family perfectly. You can search by criteria that is important for you with the ability to search for Certified
Nursing Assistants, CPR certifications, and levels of experience.

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This service can be a little pricey at about $60/month. But you can cancel at any time.  I use it for a month or two to get new babysitters, cancel it and come back as needed.

Whether you are looking for someone to help manage the care of others or someone to take care of the work you have at home, this service could be a lifesaver.

 

  1. Lyft or Uber – Ride sharing apps

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As much as you’d like to be, you can’t be everywhere at once.  When those who need your care need to get to the doctor, practice another appointment, you can make it easier on yourself by using ride-sharing apps.  Use your phone to hire a driver to take those you’re caring for to hair appointment and back.

No monthly fees here, you pay a pretty reasonable price during non-surge pricing time periods. This is another time-saver and a way to give your parents or children a bit of independence as well.

 

  1. Dinner Spinner

When you’re a caregiver, you have a lot to think about.  Dinner is probably not one of those things. Use this app from Allrecipes.com to choose the amount of time you have (20 mins, 40 mins, 1 hour plus), the meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner), and the type of food you’re looking for (beef, chicken, vegetarian).  Hit the spinner and you’re presented with options and recipes that meet your criteria.

I used this app a lot when my kids were little and I was exhausted from making decisions all day.  One less decision to make with this great tool.

 

  1. Skip the Dishes

For the days you just don’t have the energy to cook, Skip the Dishes is a great tool. Get food delivered from area restaurants.  It can be a great way to have a healthier meal delivered to your parents or yourself in a hurry.  The app allows you to go outside of the usual pizza delivery and have salads, soups, or sandwiches delivered.

There is a delivery fee for orders but worth it when your time is tight.

 

These tools are all great ways to outsource your time and help you to manage better.  What will you do with the time you save?  Are you using other apps to help with your caregiving?  Let us know in the comments below!