Useful equipment and gadgets
Here are some useful gadgets which can improve someone's life and keep them safe and well.
Remember: supermarkets, online retailers and electrical retailers often stock similar items.
Other types of technology
There’s also a whole world of technology that could help make life easier. Simple devices and apps can help someone live independently for longer or give you peace of mind as a carer when you can't be around.
The Amazon Echo
The Amazon Echo is a voice-activated home speaker with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, powered by the Alexa software. You can add new ‘skills’ to the device and then simply “ask Alexa” to remind you when to take medication or check when your carer is due to arrive.
You can also " drop in" on friends and family to keep in touch, or if you are a carer you can simply check how they are doing.
These apps can be downloaded to compatible smart phones and tablets to give assistance. Here are some examples:
We have teamed up with Carers UK to give carers in our area access to a wide range of digital tools and essential resources that may help make a caring situation easier.
For more information, please look at the carers digital website.
Carers UK have a list of technology solutions to download and print, that could help make caring easier:
Jointly is also an app that makes caring for someone a little easier, less stressful and a lot more organised by making communication and coordination between those who share the care as easy as a text message.
Use this code to get free access to the Jointly app: DGTL9462
For more digital tools and resources that can help with caring, please see our support for carers pages.
See the equipment and technology pages on Staffordshire Connects for further information about what and where to buy different products.