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App supports those with life-limiting illness

A new app is changing the lives of carers and helping elderly patients receive at home care.

The app AllowMe! was made possible by a $50,000 community grant from nib foundation, and aims to create a community of care for those approaching the end of their life.

Launched by Palliative Care Australia, it was released in conjunction with World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, as well National Carers Week, Chief executive Liz Callaghan said the app would hopefully assist those with life-limiting illnesses to stay at home longer and remain connected with their families.

“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,” Ms Callaghan said.

“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.”

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,” Callaghan said.

Nib Foundation executive officer Amy Tribe said the organisation was proud it could provide funding to launch the program.

“By facilitating AllowMe! and helping Palliative Care Australia workers support carers of people with a life-limiting illness we are allowing carers to share their workload with family and friends so that they can focus on what’s important to them,”Ms Tribe said.

“The ability to share the responsibility of caring with others through AllowMe! will also assist in reducing feelings of isolation and stress that carers often experience.”

AllowMe! is available at the App Store and Google Play.

For more information, visit: www.palliativecare.org.au/allowme.

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