New apps, medical alarm system can help caregivers
January 4, 2011
Caregivers are some of the most stressed individuals in the United States, particularly those who are part of the sandwich generation and attending to the needs of both parents and children.
New applications for smartphones and other mobile devices are being developed to help with these responsibilities, according to The Wall Street Journal. In fact, more than 8,700 health-related apps have been created so far, spanning BlackBerries, iPhones and devices with Google's Android operating system.
One, such as Tell My Geo for Android, keeps personal medical information stored so that emergency responders can quickly access it if necessary and can also act as a GPS. Others can help users design different profiles for children, parents and other loved ones that keeps prescription information and other records secure and organized.
However, Dr. Joseph Kim warned that these useful apps haven't been cleared by the FDA and individuals should first consult with a doctor before depending on them for daily use.
Another innovative product that can help caregivers is the medical alarm system. This device can be installed in the home of an older adult and used to instantly send a medical alert to doctors or family members in the case of an emergency.