Posted by Mara Calomino Nov 12 2013
Rehabilitation after a stroke can be an uphill battle. Both stroke survivors and caregivers encounter monumental challenges. With technology advancing so rapidly, there are ways to utilize your smartphone or tablet to help in the recovery process. There are an endless amount of apps available, so we compiled a list of the top five apps concerning stroke.
Cozi is a calendar app aimed at keeping families in sync. But it can be used as a great tool for multiple caregivers involved in the care of a stroke survivor. The features include a shared calendar that is color-coded for each person. It keeps track of appointments and assigns which caregiver is involved and allows you to see the calendars of others in your circle. Other features include a to-do list, shopping list and journal. This app is available for Android and any iOS device.
SmallTalk helps people with aphasia, focusing on text-to-talk. Meaning that it speaks conversational words and phrases. Simple photos paired with functional expressions communicate exactly what you need to say. It comes with a male or female voice. Examples are “I have aphasia”, “Speak slowly” and “what should we do today?” You can personalize and expand the vocabulary as you go. This app is helpful in everyday situations, doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping and emergencies. This app is available for any iOS device.
CakeHealth is designed to make tracking your healthcare costs and benefits easier. After registering online, the app connects to your health insurance and imports your health information. Users can check on their bills and see their remaining benefits anytime on any computer. Items are broken down using graphs and pie charts, making the app easy to sort through, unlike your medical bills. This app is available for iPhone.
Naming TherAppy is also targeted toward aphasia patients. There are four options: naming practice, naming test, describe and flashcards. Naming practice will show and describe a picture, then ask the user to name the object. Describe does the opposite, it shows a photo and asks the user to describe how it looks, tastes, smells, etc. It’s equipped with 500+ photos and a male voice that delivers cues and questions. This app is compatible with iPhones and iPads.
iTherapy is designed for cognition and language rehabilitation. It can be used by the caregiver or clinician. It allows the clinician to assign homework, check up on the stroke survivor’s progress and to send personalized messages when they have reached a milestone. It has 50 different tasks with over 12,000 items to complete. In a sense, it is a therapist on the go. This app is available for iPad.
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