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Gadgets to keep you independent

Find out how Ashley, Bob, Betty and Carol are using gadgets in different ways

Find Apps to help manage anxiety

Search for Apps to help manage your wellbeing and improve your mental health

There are loads of apps available which some people find really helpful for managing anxiety. Use the ORCHA website to see reviews and pick one that's right for you. Other apps may be available via your app store.

Link to ORCHA website

Buy a Pill dispenser

You can get pill dispenser with a range of features, some have audio or visual reminders and they come in a range of sizes to make sure you are taking the right medication at the right time.

Take a look on the NRS Healthcare website, search online or visit a local store to find one that suits you.

Link to NRS website

Find apps to help manage diabetes

There are loads of apps available to help manage diabetes, take a look at the ORCHA website for top reviews to find one that is right for you.

There are loads of other apps available too to help you with everything from weight loss, smoking, and exercise to stress, asthma and sleeping.

Link to ORCHA website

Don't be lonely

There are loads of ways to make video calls with the people you love. Popular free video call apps include Facebook, WhatsApp and Skype.

People of any age can feel lonely, there are hints and tips on the Mind Website. Joing a local group or activity could be a good way of meeting people and making friends, you can find a list of over 1500 local groups and activities on this site.

For older people there is a free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people. You can call them on 0800 4 70 80 90 every day of the year, 24 hours a day.

Link to Mind website Link to Silverline website

Use a GPS tracker to stay safe

There are a wide range of solutions out there helping people to be safer while they're out and about. Some are small tracking devices that can be fastened to a set of keys but you can also get apps for smart phones or simple mobile phones designed for anyone to be able to use.

Take a look at the examples below - there are also many other devices that could help.

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There are a number of online tools available to help you find and buy equipment to help you stay independent for longer.

Alternatively, you may prefer to visit a local shop.

Last reviewed: 28/11/2019


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