Keith’s mum and his late grandmother
In April 2011, my grandmother fell and broke her hip. She required surgery to replace it and needed a lot of care to recover.
She had to move from the hospital to the rehabilitation centre and finally back home.
It was a challenging experience.
My mother had to juggle many responsibilities like ensuring my grandma took her medication, scheduling doctor appointments, speaking with concerned loved ones, keeping the house clean and not forgetting taking care of the household and working at the same time.
I had simple tasks like cooking noodles or rice for my grandma. There were so many things to keep track of and I sometimes wished I could do more back then.
Fortunately for us, modern technology can now help a caregiver to better organise these responsibilities in a much more effective manner with the use of our phones.
Caring for our seniors is hard, but technology can help make our lives a little bit easier– so here are some practical caregiving apps and websites to check out that can help reduce the caregiver stress.
A One-stop resource app for dementia including alerts for missing seniors.
Developed by the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC), Dementia Friends app is a one-stop resource for dementia.
With the growing dementia-friendly Singapore movement, Dementia Friends app aims to leverage on technology and social media to provide caregivers with knowledge, resource and support.
Besides having access to information and resources on dementia such as how to manage some behaviours related to the condition (e.g. their loved one’s tendency to wander), the Dementia Friends app also allows anyone to sign up as ‘Dementia friends’ – where they will receive notifications to keep a look-out for missing seniors with dementia in Singapore when it is reported.
This app is a great tool if you’re looking for a community of support with caregiving-related responsibilities and a network of friends especially in times of crisis.
2.Foscam Camera Viewer by OWLR
(Camera monitoring app)
Before we get into this app, it is very important to make the decision to install a monitoring app in cooperation with your loved ones or senior’s consent.
Foscam Camera Viewer is a great camera monitoring app that can help provide the extra assurance for caregivers, giving the piece of mind that their loved ones are well cared for in their absence.
It’s easy to set up and supports many popular security camera brands. A great thing about this app is that unlike others out there, the password is not stored and is fully in your control.
To get the app, search “Foscam Camera Viewer” or download on the Apple App store or Google Play.
3. Lumosity, Elevate, Senior Games & Play HuaHee
(Cognitive & Brain App/Games)
Being a caregiver is challenging and can often lead to caregiver burnout.
A convenient way to get fast and effective stress relief is to use brain games or cognitive training apps as a distraction for our loved ones.
They’re always at our fingertips and can be used any time of day at any given situation.
Having experienced feelings of guilt at times when caring for my grandmother back then (as she would often feel helpless and will apologise to me), I find that when I gave her something to do while I helped to clean or take care of her, it provided an avenue of distraction while at the same time was benefitting her.
It may take some time to get used to it, but my goal then was to get her comfortable enough so she did not feel upset or helpless that her grandson had to take care of her.
One such game is Lumosity – an app that has various levels of cognitive challenges designed to improve memory and stimulate the brain.
Or for a real-world application such as remembering names or calculating a bill, try Elevate. For a simple yet fun game, try Senior Games which includes 8 in 1 –matching, speed, memory, perception, calculus, awareness, recognition and focus.
If you’re looking for something more tangible and localised, why not try Play Huahee games?
Play Huahee is started by Christel Goh, a Singaporean who struggled to find relevant localised activities to engage her grandma. Thus, she decided to create her own.
Play Huahee’s games and activities features popular hand drawn Singapore icons like kueh lapis, tingkat, five stones, gasing etc.,
Play Huahee offers a memory matching game, a snap edition or a newly launched rendition of bingo.
Use the promo code App10 to get 10% off Play Huahee games this week!
For more information on activities to enjoy with seniors, check out
17 Activity Ideas For Seniors.
4. The Golden Concepts
When my grandmother first came back home, we had to install a few things in the house, including bath handles in the bathroom, anti-slip mats and a mobility walking device.
Back then, we got most of the supplies from the local market or from hospitals – which tend to get quite costly!
Another thing was choosing the right eldercare product which was confusing at times.
Thankfully, there are e-commerce stores here in Singapore that curates eldercare products such as The Golden Concepts.
They have many products and options to choose from such as mobility tools, walking canes, wheelchairs, bathroom or bedroom accessories and even daily aids like creams, activities and gifts!
The Golden Concepts also adheres to the regulations set out by the Health Science Authority (HSA) for the supply of medical devices in Singapore.
For more information, check them out here: https://www.thegoldenconcepts.com/
If you’re looking for help to care for your loved ones, check out the Homage app and website.
It connects caregivers with seniors seeking assistance and users can easily book different kinds of services, whether it be on-demand for an hour, or regular scheduled sessions.
A caregiver will be assigned based on the needs of the seniors themselves or their families.
Some of the key features include knowing about your caregiver before they arrive (including experiences and language), real-time notifications, and a post-summary report of the care provided after every visit.
To get the app, search ‘Homage’ or download on the Apple app store or Google Play.
6. Red Panic Button
Red Panic Button is a simple and streamlined app that serves as a medical alert on your phone.
It’s extremely easy to use and set up – just fill up the panic number or email address with a set message or SMS.
When there’s a distressing situation or an emergency, all you have to do is press the red panic button and the app will immediately send an SMS/E-MAIL containing your location on Google Map to all your emergency contacts.
If you’re concerned about the learning curve to use the app, not to worry as it has a user-friendly interface and intuitive functionality that can give the elder the independence and security.
To get the app, search Red Panic Button or download on the Apple app store or Google Play.
I hope that this article is useful for you.
My grandma has since passed on but the brief caregiving experience I had has taught me many things.
It’s important to know that we’re never alone on this caregiving journey and to take some time to rest and recharge to give the best care we can provide for our loved ones.
Keith Jonathan is a thrill-seeker and adrenaline junkie who makes the best of his creative misdirection in his narrative. When he’s not chasing the dream of a wanderlust adventure, he enjoys spending his time dabbling in unsolved mysteries, conspiracy theories and paranormal pursuits.