Tech 4 Carers
This page is dedicated to informing carers of any useful technology that could help in their daily lives. With the explosion of new gadgets, developments in desktop computers, mobile phones and tablets there has become an over-whelming amount of choice. With so much choice you can find that you have less time to search for what is available, so you could be over-looking some very valuable tools that could make life easier or more pleasant.
Tablets are becoming very popular and, because of their easy to use nature, can be used by anyone with almost no knowledge of technology. Most of the functions on tablets are designed to be 'intuitive', so you can quickly pick up how to use the device with almost no need to have learnt anything before hand. Many mobile phones echo the developments in tablets, using touch screens and more advanced computing capability - these are often referred to as 'smart phones'.
Smart phones and touch-screen, tablets use 'apps' - this stands for 'applications'. They are the equivalent to the software you buy to run on a laptop or desktop computer and are reliant on having access to the web to be downloaded and/or to run on your device. There is a huge variety of apps available offering a range of tools from those that are simply for fun to those that can be very practical.
Smart phones are either Android, Windows or Apple based operating systems. You will need to ensure you access apps for the correct operating system for your phone. The Apple iPhone has a huge number of apps available through it's on-line iTunes store. Android and Windows apps do not currently offer the same level of choice of apps.
Apps range from being free to download and use, or range in a level of cost. There can also be hidden costs - and it can be easy to inadvertently purchase things. You do need to be careful and consider ensuring your device settings restrict your ability to purchase items directly.
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Here are some apps that we think carers may find useful.
Cost: Free for IOS and Android. There are also two paid-for services (£5.99/month and £9.99/month) and a free trial available.
The 3rings app aims to help the older generation inform their family and friends that they are safe and well, by automatically ringing the recipient’s phone or sending them a text message or email.
Jointly is an app that makes caring for someone a little easier,less stressful and a lot more organised. Jointly works with circles of care and each circle for a cared-for person costs £2.99. There is no cost to anyone you invite to be part of that circle of care.
UK Open Pharmacies
Finding an open pharmacy in England has never been so easy!! Open Pharmacies is the best app to spot quickly and precisely the nearest open pharmacies around you in England. Important: the app has pharmacies located in England only.
Medicine Reminder HD
Medicine & Vitamins Reminder App that sends you notifications when is the time to take a medication or you can see the summary on the app.
This app is provided by NHS Richmond. It has been designed to be simple and easy to use. It can be used as standalone tool or designed to assist users of the LiveWell Richmond Service. The LiveWell Richmond service is a new service which will be available to help
individuals living in the borough of Richmond upon
Thames to make changes to their lifestyle to improve