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Essential Apps for Chronic Illness, Patients and Carers – Part 1

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Technology is transforming the way we interact with the world, especially and perhaps unexpectedly for people with disabilities.

iPads weren’t designed with disabled people in mind, they aren’t marketed as accessibility devices but it’s indisputable how useful they are and how frequently they are replacing more traditional equipment.

Healing Boxes founder Grace Quantock actually had an iPad prescribed by an occupational therapist at the hospital as a cost effective equipment solution.

But it’s not just the devices themselves – it’s the apps on them.

Here at Healing Boxes we’ve been testing and researching and we’ve rounded up our favourite apps for chronic illness, to help people in pain and their caregivers.

Check out our list and let us know your favourites on Twitter.

Part 2 of the app round up is here. Part 3 of the app round up is here.


Voice Dream Reader – Text to Speech

Voice Dream Reader

For students and adults with reading disabilities such as dyslexia and ADD/ADHD, blindness, low vision, and anyone else who wants any text to speech facilities.

Accessibility: Available for iOS and Android in 30 languages.

Price: £7.99


My Pain diary: Chronic Pain and Symptom Tracker

My Pain Diary: Chronic Pain and Symptom Tracker

Track your chronic pain, symptoms, triggers and more to create detailed reports for your doctor.

Accessibility: Available for iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) and Android in English.

Price: £3.99



Healing Boxes founder, Grace Quantock’s favourite, Symple allows you to monitor the ebb and flow of your symptoms over long periods of time. Designed by both patients and doctors.

Accessibility: Available for iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) in English.

Price: Free, with in-app upgrades available £2.29



TracknShare are a series of apps allowing you to track everything from bowel movements, habits, autism health needs, mindfulness and happiness.

Accessibility: Available for iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) in English.

Price: Free.



Flaredown is a simple, beautiful way to track your chronic illness and learn from the data. Built by patients, for patients.

Currently you can access by funding their Indigogo but their goal is to make it free, forever.

Accessibility: Available for iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) in English.

Price: Currently $15US for early access.

ME/CFS Diary Pro

ME/CFS Diary Pro

Monitors not only symptoms but also activities. It’s designed to help you manage activities and fatigue.

Accessibility: Available for iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) in English.

Price: £2.99

Shift-Life Wheel

Shift Life-Wheel

Our lovely friend Lindsey at Chronic Wellness Tools has designed some amazing apps for people with chronic illness and those who want to live well.

Shift Wheel is an elegant, simple and effective life wheel App that lets you see your self whole. Each day you can create your own colourful life wheel that shows a view of your life balance.

Shift Wheel is simple to use – it provides you with the ability to track 8 key life attributes: Body, Mind, Soul, Love, Work, Nature, Gratitude, and Community.

Accessibility: Available for iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) in English.

Price: Free with in-app upgrades $1.99

We hope you found part 1 useful. Click for Part 2 Click for part 3.

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