MyLifePlanner is a visual calendar for people who like to use pictures to remind them when, and how, to do things. It is particularly suitable for use by people with learning disabilities or those who just need a little help with their memory from time to time. MyLifePlanner is also what3words enabled – allowing users to easily communicate their exact location to a chosen contact in case of emergency.
You can create reminders for daily living tasks or events, using photos to remind you, or someone in your care, about planned events and appointments, or tasks they will regularly carry out. Examples of use could include when and how to take medication, reminders of how to carry out a specific task, or general reminders such getting ready for a day out.
You can set up notifications for each event which pop up on a smartphone or tablet at the defined time.
MyLifePlanner allows you to create events which can be broken down into step-by-step guides to tasks using words and pictures that you can take on the device and that will be familiar to the user. For example, you might create reminders about how to make breakfast or a cup of tea, or more complex tasks. You could create reminders about a route to the shops – which bus to catch, or landmarks along the way if they are walking.
As we move through varying levels of lockdown, MyLifePlanner can alleviate anxiety about going out - for example going to the shops, to the doctors or to the hairdressers. Tasks can be set up in advance on the user’s device, to describe the travel route and what to expect when you get to your destination, allowing the user to play through the scenario ahead of the actual event, and also while they are undertaking the journey or event.
Tasks can be created and repeated on specific days and times, so routines can easily be set up and stored, with events and tasks being duplicated and set up in order of occurrence on specific days.
In addition, MyLifePlanner has a ‘help’ section where the user can easily call one of three contacts stored in the app just by tapping the phone icon under a photograph of that person - so they don’t need to navigate menus of contacts and numbers.
By tapping the ‘map’ icon on the help screen you can open a map to find out where you are – and view your what3words location. If the user is lost and has difficulty in describing their surroundings or difficulty reading the what3words location, they can easily send their location to their named contacts by tapping the ‘Send what3words Location’ button. This allows them to touch the name of the person they want to contact, which creates a text to send to that person automatically incorporating their location and saying they need help.
The contact can then either call them to help, describe where to go for help, or go to physically help them, as they will be able to view their location accurately to a 3m square.
The user can also access an analogue and digital clock to compare the time if they are looking at a clock in an unfamiliar format, for example on a timetable.
All data is stored on the user’s device and no data is collected by the app. Backups of the events and tasks are made when the device memory is backed up, so no data is stored on servers other than where the user backs up their device.