App Developed for People with Brain Injuries
A new app has been created to assist those with brain injuries with their everyday tasks
MASCOT (Mobile Analysis and Support Companion for Occupational Therapy) is a new app which has been developed to assist brain injury sufferers with their daily tasks, such as making hot drinks and cooking.
North Wales’ Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board identified a need for a tool which would ‘promote independence in cooking tasks’ to people with brain injuries, leading to MASCOT being designed and put together by SymlConnect Ltd and Wrexham Glyndwr University.
The app will provide people with instructions, timings and imagery on how to make hot drinks and cook an array of dishes. Designed by the university’s computer science and occupational therapy departments, along with input from practising NHS occupational therapists and their service users, it has been made to be as simple and user friendly as possible with tailored software to meet the requirements of its users.
The creators of the app stated in a report:
“The Welsh Government recognises the need to use technology effectively to support clinical roles and promote a greater integration between health and social care.
Within the consultation process on the MASCOT prototype, service users have noted the potential of their reduced risk levels; assistance provided during rehabilitation stages; increased confidence with everyday tasks; and promoting and enabling independent living.”