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My sister and I are struggling with juggling the caregiving schedule.  We both live an hour away from our mom and are looking for a way to share a calendar and a To Do List. It seems like there should be an easy-to-use tool for this. I'm not looking to recruit volunteers, etc. We just need to be able to look at the caregiver schedule and check in on our To Do List.

 

Any suggestions?  I haven't found anything online that looks user friendly.

 

Answer

I wrote a column about this! "Apps to Help Caregivers Stay Organized" here on the AARP Family Caregiving website. Lotsa Helping Hands focuses more on coordinating a lot of volunteers, and CaringBridge has an emphasis on providing updates to a wide number of people who are following the care journey—but also has shared calendar and task options. Carezone is a bit more focused on managing various aspects of caregiving and includes a shared calendar and task list, as well as medication lists, automatic reminders, and many other features but you can choose to use just the features you want to use.

 

I'm partial to apps and sites that I can use both on my computer and on my phone and tablet. There are many "to do list" apps—I use Wunderlist for a task list, and you can create lists that you do then invite other people to, so they can also add tasks and also check off tasks. You can assign tasks to people as well. I use it for my personal, work and caregiving. For a calendar I primarily just use my iCal on my Apple products and send my sister mtg invitations and vice versa. Then we both have the appointments in our personal devices that we also use for the rest of our life. I have color coded so that I can easily see which appts are for me, those I'm caring for, work etc. Google calendar is very similar.

 

I provide more tips in my column, "6 Tips for Choosing Family Caregiving Technology"!  

Comments

I'm just completely and totally burned out. Ready to just die...

@ritao241243   Caregiving sometimes can be very traumatic, I think you should respect yourself If you feel you need time to recover emotionally. Sometimes we live terrifying or overwhelming experiencies while being caregivers. It´s not an easy job. Some times people even need therapy to manage stress and terror. Let your emotions rest. Focus on happines or even just a small change.

 

AARP also offers a support line - Agents are available to take calls Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET at 1-877-333-5885.

ritao241243: Same. I feel your pain.
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