Do you have the App-itude to make your life easier? Amy Drouin, RN from the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, who blogs for the organization's A Day in the Life blog, did two good posts on iPhone apps for caregivers.
My favorite among Amy's choices:
Pillminder: A medication reminder for you to help your loved one keep track of daily medication. This one is free.
Cleveland Clinic Stress Meditations: This $1.99 app is on my phone. It has Body Scan, Mindfulness, Guided Imagery, Letting Go, Self-Confidence, Loving-Kindness, Miracle Around Us and Calm Mind meditations.
Crock-Pot Slow Cooker Recipe Finder: Another free app that allows you to get dinner on the table even on bad days ... if you start early enough. My trick: I cook in the Crock-Pot overnight and then warm up the next day. This way you won't be late for work.
Several additional apps that I like in dealing with caregiving:
YOGAmazing: Chaz Rough, a yoga teacher in Louisville, is a good teacher and a social media wizard. This $2.99 app allows you to have a yoga class pretty much anywhere.
Simply Being: Good guided meditations for relaxation with soothing music and the voice of Mary Maddux from Meditation Oasis for 99 cents. She also offers the $1.99 app "At Ease: Anxiety and Worry Relief."
iTalk to God: A free app that links you to Bible verses based on your emotional state at the time.
NIV Bible: Easy to read, easy to use app. It's $5.99.