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ALZTrack app review: a caregiver's tool

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Introduction

Caring for a person with Alzheimer's can be quite consuming so we've got an app that can act as a tool for journaling. The ALZTrack app for your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone provides users with a way to track the person's symptoms, behaviors, and interventions. The app can be used on a daily basis and features checkboxes so you can quickly journal the person's activities. There is also a slider tool that allows you to set a rating next to each symptom or behavior.

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Stay in Control

The ALZTrack app can give users a way to stay in control when it comes to tracking a person’s Alzheimer’s. It’s not just about journaling symptoms and behaviors you can also use the app to track and record daily supplements given, medicine, therapy, and more. There is no need to try to remember everything and risk getting details confused, because instead you’ll have it all neatly tracked and managed. So why use the tool other than to stay organized? Well, it can help to reveal a pattern of what sort of things work and don't work. Any of these details can be emailed as a report in PDF format, which is great for sending to the person’s doctor or other caregiver(s).

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The app was released a few years ago now and still doesn't have any updates, a customer rating, or customer reviews. It appears to be sliding by almost unnoticed. So the question is whether or not it deserves to get noticed.

Use the sliding scale to give items a rating
Use the sliding scale to give items a rating

A Simple Solution

What I think the ALZTrack app manages to do is offer a simple and easy-to-understand solution for those who are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s. There are a number of features worth noting, beginning with the fact the app is extremely easy to use. There is no need to follow a big tutorial to understand this one, all the features and tools are user-friendly. The app can be customized to work for your needs and allows multiple caregivers to track one single person. Keep in mind you will need an Internet connection to log your details. All of the information is kept safe and secure on the HandHold Adaptive's server so you never risk losing it.

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Also worth noting is if you need to add your own behaviors and interventions, you can do so. You can also add notes to go along with the rating you have given it on the sliding scale.

Get a look at the big picture
Get a look at the big picture

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • The app can be used by multiple caregivers who are tracking the same individual
  • Customize the interventions and behaviors you are tracking
  • Give a rating to the symptoms and behaviors using the sliding scale
  • All information can be sent as a report in PDF format
  • Data is kept on the app’s secure server so you don’t risk losing it

Cons

  • The app hasn’t been updated in ages
  • The app feels dated and feels as though it is lacking in content

ALZTrackā„¢ screenshot
ALZTrackā„¢ screenshot

Final Thoughts

The ALZTrack app for your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone makes it possible to track details about your Alzheimer’s patient shedding light into what is working and what isn’t. The app is user-friendly but dated and could do with additional features and tools.

 

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