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112 Iceland

112 Iceland
developed by Stokkur Software ehf, Iceland


Support to deal with symptoms/disabilitiesTrackers

English / Icelandic

Cost: Free

Allows a user to send a telephone message, text message, and GPS location to the emergency services in Iceland.

“Iceland is not very densely populated, and it is quite frequent for callers in emergency situations to have no idea about their location. One such incident occurred last Fall; a tourist died, unable to tell rescue crews where he was located. This incident sparked the idea to develop the ‘112 Iceland’ app. The app uses the GPS service available in most smartphones to assist the emergency call taker in locating the caller. The app’s ‘Emergency’ facility takes the current GPS position and sends it via SMS to the 112 Centre, and calls 112. The app’s ‘Leave a trail’ facility is for travelling in the back country, with a danger of avalances, floods, or just simple falling, and where GSM coverage can be sketchy. When one presses the ‘Leave a trail’ button, the current GPS position is sent to the 112 centre, stored in a database, and can become the starting point of any search.” Tomas Gislason, 112 Iceland | PatientView survey, July-August 2012


Tags: Health, Wellness & Care in the Community (HWCC)

airTEXT

airTEXT
developed by Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants (CERC) Limited


Support to deal with symptoms/disabilitiesInformation

English

Cost: Free
Information about current and forthcoming air pollution, pollen, ultraviolet levels, plus temperature, for Greater London, England.
Recommended by David Hiles, Head of Health Promotion, Asthma UK David Hiles, Head of Health Promotion, Asthma UK | BBC News Health, 14 July 2013


Tags: Health, Wellness & Care in the Community (HWCC)

Amber Homeless Helper

Amber Homeless Helper
developed by Nail Soup Ltd, UK


TrackersInformation

English

Cost: Free

Helps people in the UK who are homeless (and their providers of social care) to locate resources within a given geographical radius of their phone.

“We have often found that many homeless people (and the professionals working with them) are unaware of the many places offering support in the country today. As the majority of homeless people who Amber supports have mobile phones, we felt that a free app was an effective way of helping to signpost charities and other organisations offering services.” Charles Drew, CEO, Amber Foundation, UK [reported in local UK media] | http://bit.ly/MGmvqt


Tags: Health, Wellness & Care in the Community (HWCC)

Calorie Counter and kJ Counter PRO by MyNetDiary

Calorie Counter and kJ Counter PRO by MyNetDiary
developed by MyNetDiary Inc, USA


Self-monitoringInformation

English / French / Russian

Cost: Android: Free, Apple: £2.99 [approximately €4.28, $4.65], Blackberry: Free, Pro Blackberry: £3.22 per month [approximately €4.61, $5.00]

Weight- and nutrition-management app that allows dietary goals to be set.

“You can record meals, water intake, exercise, and weight loss with this comprehensive app, which works with ‘MyNetDiary’ online. It includes a library of more than 400,000 foods (including restaurant picks), and a barcode scanner for easy identification and logging of packaged foods. Searches with ‘Calorie Counter’ are fast, thanks to the app’s ability to search as you type.” Diabetes Forecast article in Healthy Living Magazine of the American Diabetes Association (ADA), USA | http://bit.ly/VMKZ2s


Tags: Health, Wellness & Care in the Community (HWCC)

coldAlert

coldAlert
developed by Environmental Research Group, King's College London


RemindersSupport to deal with symptoms/disabilitiesInformation

English

Cost: Free
Alerts people in Sussex, England, about the expected arrival of cold weather.
"coldAlert warns vulnerable individuals of cold-weather events which can affect their health. The alerts inform people with reference to the UK Department of Health's cold-weather-plan alert thresholds." Sussex Air Quality Partnership (SAQP), UK | PatientView survey, November 2013


Tags: Health, Wellness & Care in the Community (HWCC)

Everyday Skills

Everyday Skills
developed by AbleLink Technologies Inc, USA


Support to deal with symptoms/disabilitiesInformation

English

Cost: £29.99 [approximately €42.39, $46.51]

Utilises images to teach social skills that can help a person function independently in the community (including how to prepare a meal, take care of pets, travel around, and behave in shops).

"Use this app to find self-directed learning for students with autism and learning disabilities." Disability Network Northern Michigan, USA | Source no longer available


Tags: Disability

HabitRPG

HabitRPG
developed by OCDevel LLC (Tyler Renelle)


Support to deal with symptoms/disabilitiesSelf-monitoringTrackersInformation

English / German

Cost: Free
Role-playing game (RPG) that offers the user ‘virtual’ rewards for having good personal habits.
“HabitRPG is a productivity app in which you get to insert your own metrics to measure yourself against. So, for example, as I have a connective tissue disorder, I need to ensure that my joints don’t get stiff. So, regular stretching is one of my metrics. Eating a certain amount of fruit per week is another. I get role-playing game (RPG) videogame-style rewards (experience points; avatar upgrades) for successfully completing these metrics each day/week/month.” Person with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Norway. | PatientView survey, October 2014.


Tags: Health, Wellness & Care in the Community (HWCC)

Living Safely

Living Safely
developed by AbleLink Technologies Inc, USA


Support to deal with symptoms/disabilitiesInformation

English

Cost: £22.99 [approximately €32.49, $35.36]

Utilises illustrations to teach lessons about personal safety and home safety (such cold weather safety, sport safety, electrical safety, and medicine cabinet safety). Good for people with autism.

"LivingSafely can help students with autism and developmental disabilities practice self-directed learning." Disability Network Northern Michigan, USA | Source no longer available


Tags: Health, Wellness & Care in the Community (HWCC)

Locabulary Lite

Locabulary Lite
developed by Red Mountain Labs Inc, USA


Allows networking with other people like me / Family / FriendsImproving communicationSupport to deal with symptoms/disabilities

English

Cost: Free

Utilises the audio output of the phone to speak words, phrases, and sentences, whether for emergencies, everyday activities, pleasure, or teaching.

"Combines location and vocabulary to produce efficient communication for individuals who have difficulty speaking. Locabulary is an alternative to bulky communication devices, with text-to-speech phrases under categories, including: ‘quick phrases’, ‘moods’, ‘assistance’, ‘restaurants’." Vermont Family Network (VFN), USA | Source is no longer available


Tags: Disability

NCT Babychange

NCT Babychange
developed by Axon Publishing, UK


Allows networking with other people like me / Family / FriendsInformation

English

Cost: Free

Directs parents of babies to the nearest public baby-changing facilities in the UK.

“Our ‘Babychange’ app uses the latest geolocation technology to let mums and dads easily find their nearest baby-changing facilities. The app allows parents to rate the changing room, so that others know if it’s a good, clean, changing facility. Parents can also add previously-unlisted locations via the apps interface. The app has been very well received by parents and NCT members, and has won several awards. It is easy to use, and parents tell us they love the fact that they are able to add new facilities when they find them, and to rate the ones they visit, so that other mums and dads can find their way out of a nappy emergency. Initially, the app did not allow users to add new locations when they were not actually there. However, the newest upgrade does allow you to recommend facilities even when you are somewhere else. Additionally, the biggest complaint we receive is that there is no version for Android, as of yet.” National Childbirth Trust (NCT), UK | PatientView survey, July-August 2012


Tags: Health, Wellness & Care in the Community (HWCC)

NHS Health and Symptom Checker

NHS Health and Symptom Checker
developed by Mobikats


Support to deal with symptoms/disabilitiesSelf-monitoringInformation

English

Cost: Free

Allows the user to check personal medical symptoms, and, if necessary, receive telephone advice from a call operative within an hour.

“Good for checking symptoms, and for getting information.” Person living with mobility impairment; UK | PatientView survey, July 2014


Tags: Health, Wellness & Care in the Community (HWCC)

Personality Profile Quizzes

Personality Profile Quizzes
developed by TokiiLab-Wearable Therapy


Allows networking with other people like me / Family / FriendsImproving communicationSupport to deal with symptoms/disabilitiesInformation

English

Cost: Free
Personal development tool.
“Empowers people to take control of their lives and emotional mental health as a first-line treatment approach. Fun, interesting, and easy to incorporate into everyday, busy life. Low expense for result. Drawbacks: cutting-edge in terms of structure/platform, but may take time to ‘catch on’ as a viable alternative to expensive treatment/therapy, as well as to pharmacology.” Master of social work (mental health problems), USA | PatientView survey, May 2014


Tags: Health, Wellness & Care in the Community (HWCC)

Proloquo2Go

Proloquo2Go
developed by AssistiveWare BV, Netherlands


Improving communicationSupport to deal with symptoms/disabilities

English / English - American / English - Australian / English - Indian

Cost: £199.99 [approximately €288.13, $312.03]

Alternative communication solution for people who have difficulty speaking.

“Supports communication. Aids memory. Improves safety supports and independence.” Epilepsy Wales, UK | PatientView survey, July-August 2012


Tags: Disability

SmallTalk Intensive Care

SmallTalk Intensive Care
developed by Lingraphicare America Inc, USA


Improving communicationSupport to deal with symptoms/disabilities

English

Cost: Free

Provides a list of phrases and images with which patients can communicate to medical professionals some of their needs and feelings (such as "I have chest pain", or "I want a doctor").

“An app to help patients with speaking difficulties (whether because of an impairment, or because of an operation) express their needs to medical-care providers in the intensive care unit (ICU). Users choose from picture-based vocabulary to ‘speak’ phrases like, “I am in pain,” or “I want to be comforted.” The pictures that match the words make this app useful for non-English speakers as well. Reviewers found the app useful for the ICU, though one user said that the interface “was not great.” The pictures are self-explanatory, and make the app a convenient tool for non-native-English speakers.” Central Coast Children Foundation, USA | http://bit.ly/MX4p1l


Tags: Disability

Sorenson BuzzCards

Sorenson BuzzCards
developed by Sorenson Communications Inc, USA


Improving communicationSupport to deal with symptoms/disabilities

English

Cost: Free

Designed to help people who are deaf to communicate more easily with people who do not know any sign language.

Recommended by the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS), UK National Deaf Children | PatientView survey, July-August 2012


Tags: Disability

Sorted: The daily organiser

Sorted: The daily organiser
developed by Aurora Healthcare Communications


RemindersSupport to deal with symptoms/disabilitiesSelf-monitoringTrackersInformation

English

Cost: Free
Day-to-day organiser for people with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or anyone wishing to be more organised.
“A new smartphone app to help people with ADHD plan their day was recently made available on iTunes. The app, which can be used on iPhones and iPads, was designed to assist people affected by ADHD. It was developed by Janssen, a pharmaceutical company, in consultation with Professor Amanda Kirby from the Dyscovery Centre, University of Wales, Newport, and is designed to provide assistance with day-to-day organisation. The app helps users to complete their tasks, and includes a function to motivate them to complete tasks. Users receive daily alerts, and task lists can also be linked to an email.” ADHD Aberdeen and Northeast Scotland, UK | http://bit.ly/1iADCWv


Tags: Health, Wellness & Care in the Community (HWCC)

Special Stories

Special Stories
developed by Special iApps, UK


Improving communicationSupport to deal with symptoms/disabilities

Catalan / Croatian / Dutch / English / Finnish / French / German / Italian / Norwegian / Spanish / Turkish

Cost: £9.99 [approximately €14.10, $15.73]

Supports early learning for children with Down’s syndrome.

“Our ‘See and Learn’ programmes are evidence-based, and make it easy to provide effective support for language learning and speech development during the early years—at home, and in group and therapy sessions. In a survey of people using ‘See and Learn’, 85% reported that their child’s language and reading skills have improved.” Down Syndrome Education (DSE) International, UK | [Link no longer available]


Tags: Health, Wellness & Care in the Community (HWCC)

TapToTalk

TapToTalk
developed by Assistyx LLC, USA


Improving communicationSupport to deal with symptoms/disabilities

English

Cost: Free

Allows a user with limited communication skills to express themselves by selecting a library image, which the app will then read out as a word or sentence.

Recommended by Pathfinders for Autism, USA | http://bit.ly/qWdRrN


Tags: Disability

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