Yes, there’s an App for That Too

Home Care in Aurora


Your senior has, perhaps begrudgingly or perhaps willingly, finally agreed to get a smartphone. He is still living independently although he does require home care. So now that you’ve talked him Home-Care-Aurorainto the smartphone, which ones do you choose, and what apps should he get?


Well the good news is that for seniors, there are at least a few phones out on the market that offer simpler, streamlined options for seniors. Both the iPhone 6s plus and the Galaxy Note 5, among others, offer such a feature. They also have the options of increasing their font to improve readability, and as a couple of the larger phones on the market offer the most amount of screen space but there are other phones out there as well. The primary differences are in their operating systems.


Once you’ve got the physical phone in hand, the next thing you will want to do with your senior is visit the “App Store” on the iPhone or the “Google Play Store” on an android device like the Samsung. Then, depending on your senior’s needs, interests, and abilities, you can add apps to the phone, many of which are free.



Overdrive is a free application that allows people, through their local library, to borrow books (and they are available in large print as well), books on tape, and other reading materials. It is a great app for anyone who loves to read and has a library card. Books can also be purchased from the iBooks (apple) or the Google Books (android) store.


Find My Phone

This app is available for free on both Apple and Android devices. Inevitably at some point your senior will put the phone down somewhere and not remember where. This application will allow anyone with a computer to cause the phone to ring so it can be easily found.


Words with Friends

This virtual word game comes in both free and paid versions and is essentially a game of wordplay with the ability to play with friends from Facebook and talk while you’re playing through a “chat” capability.


There are flashlight apps, magnifying glass apps, health tracking and fitness apps, dietary apps, news apps, weather apps, games, and social media apps. Spend some time with your senior to help him get started and watch him take off!


If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care services near Aurora, CO, please contact Visiting Angels at 303-232-9999.


About Greg Elliott

Greg Elliott founded the Visiting Angels’ office in 2008 after a successful, twenty year career in pharmaceutical sales and management. The original office was located in Lakewood, and has since been relocated to Wheat Ridge to accommodate our ever-expanding team.

“Our goal is to allow Seniors to stay in their own homes for as long as possible. The service that we provide is truly rewarding, and I love the time I get to spend meeting Seniors in our community.”

Greg is a proud graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. He currently resides in Arvada, and loves spending time with his wife and son and their Australian Shepherd . When not at the office, Greg enjoys travel, skiing, golf and fly-fishing.

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