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New shared calendar feature lets families co-ordinate care

Mindings has four core features – captioned pictures, text messages, social media content and a calendar.  Whilst being useful we’ve always been aware that the calendar was a bit basic. We’d always planned to update it, but we considered it “good enough” for now. And then we learned something…

You likely already know that Mindings was cared by founder Stuart Arnott for his technology-shy family. The sharing of pictures was the primary motivation, with text messages and sharing Facebookpictures and Statuses coming close behind. The calendar was a bit of an afterthought so not a lot of thought went into it.

When Mindings was rolled out to beta testers, it was quickly discovered that few people actually used the calendar. It was just too basic and difficult to use from a mobile device. Then, one day, one of our beta testers who uses Mindings with her mother who lives with Alzheimer’s said:

“if someone is caring for a person with a serious medical condition it’s unlikely that only one person is doing the caring”.

At that point we realised that a new calendar was a necessity. So we set to work, and it’s now been rolled out to the live site for everyone to use. So, with the new calendar:

  • It can be linked to external calendars (such as iCal and Google Calendar) for true multi-user use.

  • We have a new, clean and intuitive display for ease-of-use.

  • New options have been created to use the calendar – for example as the day goes on, events that have passed will fade out

We’ll let you know about more features we’ve added, but in the meantime go to the “Calendar” tab in the Mindings Admin Site and have a play!

The Mindings Team

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