A few days ago I got word that my dad had a stroke with some right side paralysis. He has very little movement in his right arm and let (he is right handed).
It occurred to me that maybe something like the iPad would be a great way for him to rehab so I scrambled today to find him one and picked up a 16GB iPad 2.
I'm not an iPad guy and much prefer laptops and desktops (and PC's) but I think there is a true need for this right now.
I'm looking for some advice on setting up this device as I have very little experience with it.
1. My dad has never used a computer. Ever. He doesn't know how to type. This is going to be a huge learning experience for him. What people consider "intuitive", he is not going to. I have to make this as simple as possible.
2. I have to configure here in the US and send the iPad overseas so I want to set up everything I can so the he doesn't have to. I'd hate to have this thing go to waste and introducing something too complicated will be discouraging.
3. He has limited use of his right hand and arm at the moment. Hoping to use the iPad to assist in rehabbing motor functions.
4. He is on the other side of the world and it will be difficult for me to provide support for him.
What to do:
1. I loaded some pictures and videos for him but am wondering how to somehow load vids and pics up to the cloud, have him hit a button and see the the new ones we upload. Any applications allow you to do that?
2. Facetime. I don't have any apple products, and neither does my sister. We have webcams. Is there a way to easily get connected to the iPad for video conferencing? Some sort of video conferencing application that can interface with say gmail or some 3rd party that will work with a PC?
3. I've moved most of the icons to a second screen so the first screen he sees only has 5 icons on it (safari, mail, videos, photos, facetime). Are there ways to organize the icons any better? Perhaps in some folders?
4. Can you guys recommend other apps that would be useful for me and him being across the world?
Any recommendations and suggestions would be appreciated.