Technology for Carers

The internet is full of information, support and discussion forums relating to carers.  It can also help to make some caring tasks easier. There are lots of different apps available that can help you to make the most of technology and this includes using apps to help with your caring role. Many apps are free or very cheap but make sure you check before you download.

 Carers UK Digital Resources

The local authority has teamed up with Carers UK, a national organisation to give carers in Brighton & Hove free access to a wide range of digital tools, such as online learning, and essential resources that may help make their caring situation easier.  Visit this site and sign up for free.  Once you sign up you can get access to the following digital resources:-

JOINTLY App is an app that makes caring for someone a little easier, less stressful and a lot more organised by making communication and co-ordination between those who share the care as easy as a text message. Download it for free using the code: BHCC_JT75.

About Me: building resilience for caring is an online course aims to help you identify and find resources, technology and sources of support to prevent your caring responsibilities from becoming overwhelming.

Good Nutrition is an e-learning course which aims to help cares understand the role of nutrition both for themselves as well as the person they are looking after.

Upfront Guide is an online assessment tool that directs you to specific sections of Carers UK’s website for information relevant to your situation, and then produces a short action plan to help you plan next steps.

Carers UK Forum is a supportive online community of current and former unpaid family cares who understand the ups and downs of caring.  Whatever the time of day or night, you will find this a welcoming place to connect with other carers, support each other and signpost each other to relevant information, advice and support.

Carers Self Advocacy Toolkit is a guide to get our voice heard.  Self advocacy is about learning the skills to speak up for ourselves and for the person we are caring for.

Taking a Break – Caring for someone can be a full time job so breaks are vital to your own well being and quality of life.  Download the Carers UK’s Taking A Break for more information.

Others

An app on Google Play called “My Local NHS” helps you choose the right NHS service, leaving urgent care to those that need it most. The app will explain what each service does, when it should be used and where to find it.  The app can also be found on iPhone.

My Life is an easy-to-use, online directory listing local Brighton & Hove and national organisations and services to support every day living.  A specific page is designed for carers.

Telecare includes a range of services and equipment that support you at home and when you are out and about by providing emergency assistance when you need it. There is a range of assistive technology available to increase independence and safety for you or the person you care for.