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Alzheimer's App Provides Advice and Help for Family Caregivers

Aug 31, 2014
A free app is now available to help the 50,000 family carers in Ireland cope with difficult dementia care situations. The Daily Companion App has been created by Home Instead Senior Care, Ireland’s largest home care provider, as a pocket guide to dementia care providing access to quick, helpful tips from experts and other caregivers. 

This on-the-go guide for dementia caregivers is available for download at no cost in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. It offers immediate advice with close to 500 searchable tips and practical solutions to help deal with behaviours and situations related to Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Features include: 
• 25 topic categories regarding behaviours and situations; emotional support and helpful resources. 
• “Ask a Question” submission form if you can’t find the answer you’re looking for
• Functionality to share advice from your own experience for the benefit of other caregivers
• 24-hour caregiving assistance available via phone or e-mail submission
• Ability to access all of the solutions and tips without Internet connectivity 

Speaking about the new app, Deirdre Donaghy, Digital Marketing Manager of Home Instead Senior Care said:

“Let’s say a caregiver is struggling with an older parent who is accusing them of stealing or who no longer recognises them. All they have to do is type in their issue and the app will start outlining why they see this type of behaviour in their parent, what the caregiver can do and what approaches to take. It’s a practical and easy to use resource during times of great stress”. 

Deirdre continues:

“It’s an interesting time that we live in. Most people are smart phone users and this is the first time in history caregivers have access to specialised advice at their fingertips. Even beyond the realm of Alzheimer’s and dementia care, there are apps that help us with everything – they provide fitness tips, they play music and help us stay in touch with friends. It is our hope that our daily companion app will help caregivers and make a real difference in their everyday lives”. 

September is World Alzheimer’s Month and to further support family caregivers across the country, Home Instead Senior Care is offering a series of free dementia care education workshops. The new Daily Companion App will include all advice and information presented at these workshops.

Visit or contact your local Home Instead Senior Care office to register for a workshop and receive additional dementia care support and assistance.