Palliative Care Australia (PCA) has launched an app that creates a caring community around people with life limiting illnesses.
The app, AllowMe!, allows carers, families and friends to create a community of care to support the person as they approach the end of their life.
PCA CEO Liz Callaghan said the app would assist people with life-limiting illnesses to receive care at home and stay connected with their loved ones.
“This smartphone app will allow primary carers, family members and friends of people who are sick to create a community of care based on specific needs.
“It could be anything from providing a meal, washing the dishes, mowing the lawn or taking the pets out for a walk.
“This app provides an easy and practical way for carers to communicate the help they need by using a simple and coordinated channel for family and friends to respond. It also allows the carer and care recipient to track how they are feeling and provides resources to the community about what to expect as the person approaches the end of their life,” Ms Callaghan said.
The app also provides information about grief and bereavement to users.
“We anticipate that people will continue to use the app as a support network for each other long after the person they have cared for has died.”