Getting Carers Connected was the theme for Carers Week 2019, so here we outline some simple ways technology could make your caring role a little bit easier.

Some organisations that can offer support outside of Care for the Carers' current office hours:

Online information and support for carers

Technology that can make carers' lives easier 

Financial help

About other carers

Online learning for carers

Staying safe online and ‘how to’ guides

Resources for carers of people with dementia, autism and Parkinson's

  • Music Memories website from the BBC helps people with dementia reconnect with their most powerful memories.
  • Brain in Hand gives personalised support from an app on your phone, including diary, notes and reminders, and a traffic light system to help monitor anxiety.
    You can buy Brain in Hand directly from the Brain in Hand website, but is it expensive. Alternatively it's available through schemes, including Access to Work for those starting work. University students can fund Brain in Hand through their Disabled Students Allowance, while schools can support students to fund Brain in Hand via Education Health and Care Plans, or it can be included in the person’s personal budget support plan.
    Support providers can also buy Brain in Hand for the cared for person to use, and the National Autistic Society recommends sending their care provider information about Brain in Hand.
  • The Molehill Mountain app helps autistic people understand and self-manage anxiety. 
  • Apps and devices that can help with the day to day management of Parkinson’s.

Resources for health and social care professionals about technology for carers

With many thanks to Carers Support West Sussex for kindly allowing us to share within this article many of its suggestions for technology for carers.