I have bought a USB extension cable for one pound at the overflow shop in Mare Street.
This is 5 metres long and enables me to put my phone on charge on the nearest table, rather than on the floor next to the nearest power socket.
The USB lead you get with the phone is usually only 1 metre long, so everyone puts their phone on charge near the socket. This leads to people stepping on it and damaging the socket when it gets accidentally pulled out.
Putting the extension cable in the charger and the other end having a socket to take the charger cable (this works for Apple as well as other Android phones) gives you plenty of cable to put it safely on a table or out of the way.
This is a website from Sheffield University which is looking into touch screen applications for dementia users.
There is a number of recommended apps.
There is also a forum, which I have joined, to communicate with the researchers, as it only had two messages in it. I doubled the number of messages about apps by listing the two apps I have been looking at and tested with my wife Elly who has dementia.
I would ask other drop-in users to use the site and make suggestions as to how apps could be developed.
Most commercial apps include distracting adds which take over and confuse the user. They also include in-app purchases which can cost and confuse the user. I know they have to make money, but a simple purchase up front or free would be the better options for dementia users.
The results were sent to Hackney Hackney Adult Social Care who run the site, but we have not had anything but an automated reply yet.
Answers for questions 1-6 on 6th December 2017 at Drop-in Centre for 50+’s 1. Did you try out the site? 5 out of 6 people tried the site. Only one comment: “It was very infrmative requarding current events. Please send me your feedback.” “Yes, simple to use.” 2. Did you find it easy to use? “Of course I find it was very easy to use, and I’ll continue to use it mre frequently.” “Only with a little help from experts Rick and Michael.” “Yes,Quite.” “Yes” 3. What was useful to know from the site? “Medical Centrs Abney Park Trust,Access to various Projects etc.” “Things to do, places to go in Hackney that I need to know.” “The things to do section is useful in its relevancy.” “You can adjust the text size and other accessability factors on the site.” 4. What was missing? “Really not much as a carer. I’m interested seeing Residential Care Home and much more.” Address of places, but there was a phone number to get contact.” “I drew a blank on askinging about digital photography or photoshops courses.” “Any News articles, there are only two listed, the last on is 18th January 2017!” 5. Was it up to date? “Yes, it was very much up to date reguardng Current events.” “Some of them.” “Seemed so – Hard to Say. 4 Corners Website – Gallery and Events wasn’t” “Policies and procedures are out of date, last annual report is from 2015-16.” “Under things to do, FAQ it quotes “Median Road Care Home Sam and Annie Cohen Day Care Centre”, these have not existed since 2013!” 6. Would you use it again? “Yes I would continue to use it again due to the interesting information given the general public.” “Sure” ”probably not the cost of the website could be better spent elsewhere.” “I try to recommend it as the place to go for carers, but it needs to be more up to date.”