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25 Best Websites That Save Time and Stress When Giving Care

25 Best Websites That Save Time and Stress When Giving Care

People who give care worry more about the other person than they do about themselves. That’s what makes them great caregivers! And who is a caregiver? The Merriam-Webster definition is: “a person who gives help and protection to someone (such as a child, an old person, or someone who is sick).”

Most people in the midst of giving care are stuck between guilt and stress and battling the relentless inner chatter of, “Do more, do more!” The pressure to do a good job is real, and to spend time mitigating the chatter is useless: a waste of time. If you’re a caregiver, that’s part of the deal.

Even the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project has a thing or two to say about giving care in the U.S. “More health care is happening at home,” said Susannah Fox, associate director at the Center. “As more people are able to be saved by medical advances, their lives are being extended, but they’re also being sent home medically fragile. It’s caregivers who are the first line of defense.”

So, how does one deal with the senseless pressure and stress of doing a perfect caring job when there’s not enough time? Firstly, acknowledge there’s no such thing as “perfect.” The Caregiver Stress Fact Sheet illustrates that you’re putting too much stress on yourself if you have any one of these symptoms:

  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Gaining or losing a lot of weight
  • Feeling tired most of the time
  • Loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy
  • Becoming easily irritated or angered
  • Feeling constantly worried
  • Often feeling sad
  • Frequent headaches, bodily pain, or other physical problems
  • Abuse of alcohol or drugs, including prescription drugs.

Secondly, learn and accept that feelings like frustration, anger, loneliness, guilt and exhaustion are common and part of the deal. Next, take smart steps. People who take a problem-solving and active approach to care issues are less likely to feel the effects. And you’re less likely to feel stressed than those who worry too much.

Get support, starting with good, local resources, such as: your doctor, local support groups, and libraries. Then go online. Here are the 25 best caregiving support websites that save time and stress when giving care.

1. Eldercare Locator

Eldercare Locator connects caregivers to needed local services and resources for older adult help. It’s a great resource when caring for people living with disabilities.

Eldercare Locator

    2. AssistedLivingFacilities.org

    This site lists information on over 36,200 state-licensed assisted living facilities to help you locate the best assisted living facility for a loved one.

    Assisted Living Facilities.org

      3. AARP

      Information and support for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. Operates a 24/7 helpline and care navigator tools.

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      AARP Caregiver Resources

         4. Family Care Navigator

        The Navigator helps caregivers locate public, nonprofit, and private programs and services nearest their loved one—living at home or in a residential facility.

        Family Caregiver State by State Resource

          5. Medicare.gov

          This site offers what every caregiver needs to know. Get resources, stories, and newsletters about taking care of someone on Medicare.

          Medicare.gov

            6. Next Step in Care

            Caregivers can download a variety of patient-care tools that instruct how to give better care.

            Next Step in Care

              7. HRSA

              Health centers that care for you, even if you have no health insurance. You pay what you can afford, based on your income.

              Health and Human Services

                8. National Alliance for Caregiving

                A nonprofit coalition of national organizations focusing on issues of family caregivers.

                NAIC Resources for Caregivers

                  9. The Empowered Patient Coalition

                  This site provides resources enabling patients to take control of their medical treatments.

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                  Empowered Patient Coalition

                    10. National Institute on Aging

                    Find a wide variety of research-based information and resources related to health and aging.

                    National Institute on Aging

                      11. University of Kentucky

                      Self-care for patients and people seeking intentional actions to take to care for physical, mental and emotional health.

                      University of Kentucky

                        12. Best Hospitals by USNews.com

                        Find and rank the best adult and children’s hospitals. U.S. News analyzes data for almost 5,000 centers.

                        US News Health

                          13. The National Clearinghouse for Long-term Care

                          Find information and tools to plan for future long-term care needs, and learn all about long-term care.

                          LongTermCare.gov

                            14. HomeHealthCareAgencies.com

                            Extensive home health care information and a directory listing of over 12,445 Medicare-certified home health agencies and 20,746 other home care companies.

                            Home Health Care Agencies

                              15. Social Security Administration

                              Information on retirement and disability benefits, including how to sign up.

                              Social Security

                                16. Veterans Administration

                                Support and services for families caring for veterans. This site has a VA caregiver support line and offers useful information on taking care of a veteran and how to learn to care of yourself too.

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                                Veterans' Caregivers

                                  17. Alzheimer’s Association

                                  Get information and support for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. Operates a 24/7 helpline and care navigator tools.

                                  Alz.org

                                    18. Alzheimers.gov

                                    Access the government’s free information resource about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

                                    Alzheimer's Gov

                                      19. AlzOnline

                                      This site offers quality caregiver support, education, and information.

                                      AlzOnline

                                        20. State Health Insurance Assistance Program

                                        A program that offers one-on-one insurance counseling and assistance to people with Medicare and their families in all states.

                                        State Health Insurance Help

                                          21. FDA.gov Drugs@FDA

                                          Search by drug name, active ingredient, or application number for medications you need help understanding.

                                          FDA Drug Information

                                            22. Caregiving.com

                                            When you care for a family member or friend, this site cares for you; a community of caregivers sharing stories, support and solutions.

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                                            Caregiving.com

                                              23. Caring Across Generations

                                              Brings together aging Americans, people with disabilities, workers, and their families to protect all Americans’ right to choose the care and support they need.

                                              Caring Across Generations

                                                24. Patients Like Me

                                                Making healthcare better for everyone through sharing, support, and research. Learn from others. Connect with them. Track your health.

                                                Patients Like Me

                                                  25. SkilledNursingFacilities.org

                                                  Offers a nationwide directory listing of over 15,600 nursing homes. It also gives detailed Medicare quality ratings, inspection information and filed complaints to help consumers research.

                                                  Skilled Nursing Homes

                                                    Use these 25 information-packed, caregiving support websites to help you deal with the frustrations that accompany giving care. You’ll find peace of mind and relief.

                                                    Good health! Good caregiving. And most of all take good care of yourself!

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                                                    10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track in 2020

                                                    10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track in 2020

                                                    The success of our day is largely dependent on the quality of our planning. Not to miss out anything in their to-dos, some people prefer to make a list of upcoming tasks in a notebook, while others have long started using digital technology solutions.

                                                    Calendar applications are some of the main tools that are worth using to organize our life and plan your time carefully.

                                                    Many people have switched to specific tools; however, there are still some who do not use calendars on a daily basis. They may find some applications uncomfortable to use, non-functional, or expensive.

                                                    In this article, we are going to check out the best calendars apps to help you stay organized.

                                                    1. Cal Calendar

                                                      Cal Calendar has recently appeared on the market of mobile applications (Android, iOS). It is the brainchild of the development team of Any.do that features impressive functionality and well-thought-out design.

                                                      The application comes with many great features, including support for Exchange and Google Calendar, widgets, voice recording, and many more.

                                                      Cal Calendar has direct integration with Any.Do To-Do List, which gives you a unique tandem of two applications.

                                                      Apart from its extended functionality, Cal Calendar is easy to use. The creation of events is very simple and fast.

                                                      What is more, depending on the name of the event, the application automatically adds contacts and geolocation data to the entry description. You can even import your lists and entries from Any.do.

                                                      Cal Calendar is a great option for any type of user. It is very convenient and doesn’t overcomplicate the mode of display.

                                                      Another good thing is that this tool is available for free, so you can use it without spending a dime for the software.

                                                      Available for iOS and Android

                                                      2. Google Calendar

                                                        Google Calendar is the official calendar for Android devices that has been tested out by many users around the globe. If you are right now trying to get away from it, consider changing your mind.

                                                        Since this application is installed on most Android devices by default, many users think that there is nothing special in this program. They are wrong.

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                                                        Google has been updating its calendar for quite a few years, and now it comes in Material Design with advanced event features, direct integration into other Google services (for example, supports reminders and Google Now), and comes with Exchange support.

                                                        The program is super easy and will not cost a dime for you. It is a good thing, right?

                                                        Available for iOS and Android

                                                        3. Jorte Calendar

                                                          Jorte Calendar is one of the most popular calendar applications in the Google Play store.

                                                          The program features a wide range of configuration options, with many design alternatives. You can adjust display mode to your needs and view calendar entries sorted by month, week, or day (by hours). It is convenient for quickly picking the desired date, using task bars, and setting reminders.

                                                          Apart from its ordinary information storing function, this application can be a special cloud service, Jorte Cloud, allowing you to synchronize calendars, schedules, and task lists on multiple devices. The application also supports data importing from Google Calendar.

                                                          For those paying attention to the program design, there is also Jorte Store, where you can buy styles and icons to personalize the calendar. This feature makes Jorte is one of the brightest calendar applications.

                                                          A basic version of the app is free of charge, so if you do not want to spend money on a calendar application, it is a good option.

                                                          Available for iOS and Android

                                                          4. Business Calendar

                                                            Business Calendar is geared towards people who use their calendar for work purposes and business task planning. It offers different modes with wide configuration capabilities.

                                                            The application gives a default view mode by months, and events can be marked in different colors. Display modes/ sorting can be adjusted to your needs (by month, day, year, or events).

                                                            You can also set a multi-day viewing mode to see how things look for the next few days. Scrolling up and down moves you by month, and if you check a few days, they will be shown in a more detailed form.

                                                            The day display mode offers hourly scheduling, and the schedule mode provides a detailed schedule for a single event.

                                                            Business Calendar is a great tool for planning/ scheduling cases, tasks, and events. There is a support for recurring events, which can be set up in just a few clicks.

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                                                            Having purchased software, you can use it to import and export other calendars, delete, copy, or move several events at the same time.

                                                            Android Business Calendar application may seem somewhat chaotic, but it works fine and is easy to work with if you play with it for a while.

                                                            A full version of the application is available for $4.99, but you can also find a free version for the app test drive.

                                                            Available for Android

                                                            5. Calendar

                                                              Calendar is a relatively new app. It works as a web app and for both iOS and Android devices. It is an intelligent app that learns your contacts, schedule and tasks. It also helps you schedule and arrange meetings according to your available time slots.

                                                              A good thing about Calendar is that it allows you to sync up with other calendars you use such as Apple Calendar and Google Calendar. And so you can manage all the calendars you have in one place.

                                                              Calendar also gives you analytics of your meetings, giving you a clear picture on how you can improve your time management.

                                                              Available for Desktop, and iOS

                                                              6. aCalendar

                                                                aCalendar opens our collection of top 10 calendar applications available on the market today. With its appealing design, easy navigation, and great functionality, it is one of the most popular calendar apps in our list.

                                                                Some of extra functions include color schemes for each case type (48 colors to choose from), different types of demonstrations, different widgets, moon phases, and much more.

                                                                Taking into account it functionality, aCalendar is a reliable calendar application that has an easy-to-navigate interface with three display options. Scrolling from side to side allows you to switch between the display modes of the month, week and day.

                                                                When scrolling down and up, you are moving through the calendar at intervals in accordance with the selected display mode.

                                                                Apart from its time planning feature, aCalendar synchronizes photos from contact lists or social networks to remind you about birthdays, anniversaries, or any other special dates.

                                                                The program also supports data transfer through NFC and full-screen widgets, which eases your work with any data.

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                                                                The program is available for free, but you can also get even more features if you buy the extended version of software for $4.99.

                                                                Available for Android

                                                                7. DigiCal Calendar

                                                                  DigiCal Calendar is very similar to Cal Calendar in the fact that the application focuses on design more than on its functionality. However, this doesn’t mean that the application doesn’t serve the purpose.

                                                                  With this calendar application, you can synchronize all your calendars and view them in different ways.

                                                                  Along with the basic functions, this program comes with support for Google Calendar, Outlook, and includes some unique and interesting features. You can match keywords to the image or set up a dark theme.

                                                                  The app can even show you the weather forecast for three days. There are many other features that deserve the attention of people who really like to use calendar applications.

                                                                  Available for Android

                                                                  8. SolCalendar

                                                                    SolCalendar can be called a universal application. It claims to be an all-in-one digital solution having a basic calendar functionality combined with some other advanced features, such as weather forecast for a specific day.

                                                                    The application supports Google Calendar, as well as tasks, widgets, lunar calendar and even Foursquare.

                                                                    Those searching for a calendar application to cover just everything in its functionality, SolCalendar is a program to consider. There are a lot of interesting things in this application; the program does an excellent job working in “all-in-one” mode.

                                                                    Test SolCalendar – the application is available for free. You can test it out without purchasing the service.

                                                                    Available for Android

                                                                    9. Today Calendar

                                                                      Today Calendar is one of the most hip and edgy calendars in our list. The solution was one of the first ones that really embraced Material Design and remains one of the few that adhere to the neat style.

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                                                                      The calendar application offers bold colors, simple controls, and great functionality. This is not as heavy an application as many others; it will not eat all the memory of your device.

                                                                      If you are not searching for something complicated and over-functional, Today Calendar is what you need. You can always test the application before paying for it – the program is available for free.

                                                                      Available for Android

                                                                      10. Calendar Widget: Month

                                                                        Sometimes people do not need a heap of calendar applications. They would prefer to have one efficient calendar widget.

                                                                        Calendar Widget: Month perfectly fills this niche and meets all the needs of a modern user. It has some features of an ordinary calendar, but the real great thing about this software is that it has 80 or more themes in its library.

                                                                        The design of the application is great; the themes are perfectly tuned. There are options for almost any theme of your smartphone. The only drawback is the fact that the widget memory is not too large, and you should be ready for it.

                                                                        This simple calendar widget was created in the image and semblance of widgets from Yahoo. The widget window displays one calendar month with the ability to go to the previous and move to the next one.

                                                                        If you need a simple and affordable calendar to plan your tasks and affairs for one month, this widget is ideal for you. Calendar Widget: Month is so simple that it does not even have Google Calendar support.

                                                                        At the moment, it does not have the function of connecting any third-party calendars and services. Developers allow the possibility of introducing support for Google service as an addition to the widget, if users request to have this opportunity.

                                                                        Available for Android

                                                                        Our Verdict

                                                                        Searching for the right application to manage your various calendars and plan your busy day can sometimes turn into a streak of obstacles.

                                                                        Most of us need flexible applications that can be easily used to manage our tough schedule. The application should have all necessary time planning functions and be intuitive.

                                                                        Stylish design and limitless compatibility also matter. It is not always easy to find such a program.

                                                                        The above digital calendar solutions fall under the category “worth” of being used. They are modern, multifunctional, easy, and easy. Pick the one you like!

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