A Better Visit app

A Better Visit app

  • This app is useful for visitors, friends, and family to encourage interactions on their visits to whānau and friends with dementia.
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A Better Visit By Dementia Australia
  • Interactive.
  • Games.
Clinical review

3 star review

Read a clinical review below.

Security and privacy Does the app:
  • Collect medical information? No
  • Require a login? No
  • Have password protection? Not needed 
  • Have a privacy policy? Not needed
  • Require internet access? Not once downloaded

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How to get the app (external link)

A Better Visit app is designed to enhance communication and facilitate positive social interactions between people with dementia and their visitors. 
Often family members struggle to interact and engage with a family member who no longer recognises them.

The app comprises games or activities that can be done together and in this way engages the person with dementia and stimulates discussion and enjoyment. You may need to explain games and read out questions, and try to engage your co-player by demonstrating, gently guiding, encouraging and turn taking. For the complete app description, go to the app website(external link), Google Play(external link)App Store(external link) or, for a more detailed review, see reviews below. 


✔ Has 8 activities to choose from.

✔ Easy to use.

✘  Music can be annoying.


Clinical review

3 star review


Reviewer:  Dr Helen Kenealy, geriatrician and general physician, Counties Manukau DHB
Date of review: May 2020
Platform reviewed: Apple
Comments: This app encourages some fun interaction between people at visits. It has 8 activities to do on an iPad or Samsung device. There is a Traces game (using your finger you trace patterns that are repeated), Marble Maze (you can tilt or touch the screen to move the marble around the maze), Reveal (touching squares will slowly reveal a photo and you can guess at any time what the picture is), Co-colouring (by tracing over the page the colours appear), bowls (bowling online), Tic Tac Toe, Gone fishing (online fishing), Washing windows (tracing your finger to reveal a lovely scene).
I think it is pretty low rent – being free it would be worth downloading and giving it a go. There may be some patients who will like one or two of the activities but not others.
Safety concerns: None.
New Zealand relevance: Yes – although created by Dementia Australia, the app is relevant to a New Zealand audience. 

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