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Apps to help those caring for someone with dementia

The information below is taking from the website Dementia Challengers here: http://www.dementiachallengers.com/apps-for-you.html

 

Do you use a smartphone as part of your daily activity?  Many apps have been designed for carers to use as part of their caring activity.  Some are free and some have to be paid for.  Several of them are free for basic use but you have to pay for add-ons.

I asked carers on Twitter which apps they use – these are not recommendations but some ideas which you may wish to explore.

Jointly “ is an app that makes caring for someone a little easier, less stressful and a lot more organised by making communication and coordination between those who share the care as easy as a text message”.

Facebook – you can set up private pages and control who sees the information and you can upload documents and pictures.  Useful for less technologically minded family members or those who don’t use mobile phones.

Skype free to use, accessible on laptop or on mobiles, it’s like a phone call but you also see the person you’re talking to. Very useful to show someone a document, or for them to talk to your relative.

MCC (Making Care Easier)Create a free, personalized site for family and friends to help you care for an elderly loved one”

App4Care “provides a suite of seven easy to use functions, which help carers at work, living away or on holiday stay connected with those they care for”

Recogneyes Choices© “is a new online Dementia app.  It is an easy to use, online system designed to help make communication easier with someone who has Dementia.  With no downloads needed you can use it on any device connected to the internet”.

MedHelper is a comprehensive prescription/medication compliance and tracking App designed to help individuals and caretakers manage the challenges of staying on time up to date and on schedule with very simple to very complex regimes.

Rally Round  – not strictly an app but an online based tool which enables you to organise support for a member of your family from their neighbours, friends and relatives.

My House of Memories allows you to explore objects from the past and share memories together. It can be used by anyone, but has been designed for, and with, people living with dementia and their carers.

Dementia Citizens is a new project that aims to help people with dementia and those who care for them, using apps on smartphones and tablets. 

See also DLF Data – it “is the UK’s only comprehensive database of daily living equipment. It is available on subscription and used by thousands of health and social care professionals across the country”