AN INNOVATIVE new app creates a caring community around people with life-limiting illnesses.
Launched by Palliative Care Australia, AllowMe! enables carers, families and friends to create a community of care to support the person as they approach the end of their life.
"It could be anything from providing a meal, washing the dishes, mowing the lawn or taking the pets out for a walk," said Palliative Care Australia chief executive Liz Callaghan.
"This app provides an easy and practical way for carers to communicate the help they need by using a simple and co-ordinated 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.
"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," Ms Callaghan said.
The app was made possible by a $50,000 community grant from nib foundation, whose executive officer Amy Tribe said the app would also help to reduce feelings of isolation and stress often experienced by carers.
AllowMe! is available at the App Store and Google Play.
More information at www.palliativecare.org.au/allowme