An app that helps caregivers track the progression of loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease through their day-to-day emotional health and well-being is under development by a Toronto-based mobile health developer.
The app can print notes made by caregivers in a single-page format for doctors so they can get a more complete picture of the patient’s health and any significant changes since the previous appointment.
In addition to a diary, MobiHealth’s app also includes a medicine tracker that provides access by a private network to track dosages and how frequently prescription medication is taken. Another component helps caregivers delegate tasks to a personal network like a doctor’s appointment. A symptom tracker allows users to add symptoms as they observe them.
Omer Dor, the CEO of MobiCare, said as part of its research for developing the app, it tracked physicians for eight weeks and witnessed how families would bring in pages of journal entries because they would observe a lot of things that doctors wouldn’t in the day-to-day home life. They didn’t know how to deal with cognitive or functional changes.
“We developed MobiCare so everyone could be empowered to provide support,” he said. The app is currently in public beta. It is available as both an app and as a Web-based tool. A recent deal with a California company will enable caregivers to photograph notes that can be converted in a digital format.
There has been a push to develop monitoring apps and technology to better track people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in order to allow them to stay in their own homes for longer. But caregivers responsible for monitoring their care need to have the adequate tools to be able to record and report changes in their behavior or routines that could indicate signs of trouble.