Luckily, those days are, for the most part, over. I came across an app that has vastly helped my family's information organization. Before I go any further, I want you to know that I am in no way affiliated with the company I am going to discuss. I'm just a very happy user of their service and feel like it could help others.
The company is called CareZone. It is free to use, ad-free, and is available across all platforms, mobile and web. It is easy to use, private (encrypted), and truly the most important app on my phone.
I have special needs children who take many medications and have frequent appointments with various medical professionals and therapists. This app allows us to organize every piece of information easily right from our phones. We also have the ability to journal for each person. This is immensely helpful when discussing behavior issues with doctors and therapists.
Medications are constantly changing for the kids. I cannot tell you how nice it is when the nurse asks us about medications to open that app and read the names and dosages off to him or her. It also has the ability to save inactive medications.
I have an Android phone, and Tom has an iPhone. Our account seamlessly links across the two systems, allowing us to coordinate care. The same is true of the web browser. We also set our care provider up, and she was able to add details to the account. So, if we weren't home, and something happened, she was able to quickly open the app on her phone and add a note to the journal for that child on that date. Changes others make cause a notification to be sent to others who have access to the account, so everyone is always in the loop.
It has a calendar for appointments and reminders. It can hold pictures of important documents like insurance or ID cards if needed. You can take videos and upload them to the journal, which is-perfect if you want to show behavior concerns to a doctor or family member. It also stores names and phone numbers (under each family member's name), which is very helpful when I'm blanking on a teacher's or specialist's name.
This could help any and every family. For example, if you are caring for aging parents and share that responsibility with other family members, it could be a lifeline in coordinating care and keeping everyone updated. It is also great for emergencies. When I recently had to take Koby to the emergency room, it was so nice to pull out my phone to look up his medications and not rely on my memory. Even if I were a single woman with no children, this app would be helpful. It is wonderful!
I could go on and on, but I won't. They have a helpful website for more information. Check them out, and if you decide to give it a try, let me know how you like it!