There are various apps and digital solutions that you can use to help you at home or whilst out and about:
Pill Reminder Pro
Pill Reminder Pro is an app that helps people to remember when to take their pills. You simply enter the name of your pill, the dosage, frequency, and what time(s) of a day you are supposed to take your pills, and Pill Reminder Pro sends you a message via a PUSH alert. The app received mixed reviews, with one person writing that they "can't do without this".
Pill Reminder Pro on the App Store (external website)
Park 'n' Forget
Parking can be confusing, and trying to locate your car among hundreds of other vehicles frustrates even the most patient driver, young or old. Park 'n' Forget is an app that helps you remember where you parked your car, and it even monitors the amount of time you spent in metered parking spaces.
Park 'n' Forget on the App Store (external website)
OnKöl is a simple-to-use invention that connects the elderly and those with special needs to their families and caregivers. It provides a team approach to helping care for a loved one while allowing them to continue to live independently in their home:
OnKol (external website)
VizWiz, free, iOS
This app was developed by a team from the University of Rochester and is targeted at partially-sighted users. It allows users to take a picture with their phone, speak a question and receive multiple spoken answers. Find out more about the app on the University of Rochester site.
VizWiz on the App Store (external website)
Read2Go, £13.99, iOS
This digital talking book reader allows users to browse, search, download and read books directly from Bookshare, as well as read Daisy (digital talking books) books and publications from other sources. The app allows users to control visual choices for font size and colour, background and highlighting colour, and text-to-speech preferences and was a recent app of the month recommendation by the Royal National Institute for the Blind.
Read2Go on the App Store (external website)
Dragon Dictation, free, iOS
This voice-recognition application allows users to dictate text or email messages and see them instantly. Users can also dictate status updates for Facebook, tweets, or send themselves notes and reminders. A user on the Enabled by Design site says: "I've been using Dragon Naturally Speaking for about a year now for all emails, letters, etc, as my hand mobility makes typing difficult. I have no complaints at all. Dragon constantly surprises me as it 'learns' so quickly."
Dragon Dictation on the App Store (external website)
Which? Your rights free, iOS
The mobile guide to consumer rights that will arm you with all you need to know in your fight against retailers, from dealing with faulty goods to returning unwanted Christmas gifts. It offers sample letters you can send to retailers and two lengthy sections on the Consumer Credit Act and the Consumer Rights Act – making it useful for those wishing to pre-arm themselves by brushing up on their consumer knowledge, as well as those looking for a lightning-quick reference tool while shopping.
Which? Your rights on the App Store (external website)
Vouchercloud, free, Windows Phone, Android, Blackberry
This app offers on-the-go discount vouchers, allowing you to search for nearby shops, restaurants, cinemas, leisure outlets, garden centres and other high street outlets offering discounts. You can download a voucher and show it to the vendor without having to print anything out.
Vouchercloud (external website)
idealo - Price comparison
idealo is an app that allows cost-conscious shoppers to scan the barcode on a product and search for the cheapest place to buy it. The app will find price information on over three million products. idealo only searches online shops, meaning that to get the bargains it finds you'll have to order and pay for goods online and wait for them to be delivered.
idealo - Price comparison on the App Store (external website)