Centers that offer elder care services in Chicago may also help their patients and the patients’ family members to adjust to whatever ailment there is that plagues them. Most elderly suffer from dementia or cognitive loss, or vision and hearing impairment, but if your grandparents still like catching up with technology, there are apps that offer assistance to them and of course to disabled people.
These apps run on mobile devices, those that support either iOS (Apple iPhone pr iPad) or Android (Samsung, Asus, Nexus, Sony Xperia, etc.). There are so many apps for literally anything and everything under the sun. And because phones can now do so much more than just call and text, they’re also being made to adjust and cater to people who have disabilities since they can be of big help to them. These devices can help disabled people do more than what they believe they can, such as communicate easier and maybe even lead a somewhat normal life.
Here are the native apps in iOS and Android that can help you or a disabled family member.
Voice access: this app lets you control the device with voice commands. With this a user can use the device and navigate through and launch apps, create plans and schedules in the calendar, receive and make calls, and even write and send texts.
Magnification: this magnifies the text or anything displayed on the device, although temporarily. You can zoom and enlarge using different gestures.
Large text: useful for those who can’t see well, this enlarges the text used by the device, making it easier to read.
Talkback: this is an app that gives the user spoken feedback or vibration feedback as they navigate through the phone. When the user touches another app, this app will tell the user the description of what app they’re trying to launch.
Siri: Siri is somewhat like an assistant, and with her, the user can do anything hands free, such as search for near establishments, make calls, and create and send text messages. This is useful for people who are visually impaired or with limited movement. Siri can also answer questions.
VoiceOver: this is much like TalkBack on Android. VoiceOver will tell the user what they’re pressing on.
Closed Captions: this allows the user to watch media with subtitles which they can set with different styles and fonts.
Face Time: this is an app that allows video calling, especially helpful for those who are language impaired as they can use the video to talk to the person they’re calling with sign language.