(Fairborn)–Mike Eidsaune, the great-grandson-in-law and a fledgling entrepreneur of former Trinity Community resident developed an app –CareMonster.com – designed to connect the varying schedules of family members so that everyone within a closed group could know what was going on with their family member at any given time. Eidsaune solicited feedback from other family members, roughed out a platform and tested the app for a year, convinced he had something others might have an interest in.
“Senior living and technology need to intersect more than they do today,” said Eidsaune. “This was a perfect example of creating something useful that families across the nation, or even the world, can use to stay in touch with a beloved member of the family. It’s so easy to use because we were making changes to it as we were interacting with our family member. I knew we weren’t the only family facing this situation.”
Eidsaune is currently working with Jennifer Gibbs, regional director of marketing for Trinity Community and Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge), to introduce CareMonster.com to other families with residents at these two United Church Homes communities in suburban Dayton. The roll-out began in February, following a series of educational presentations. Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) will be introduced to the app on March 20th. As of now, about 300 users have signed up for the service.
“United Church Homes does not endorse the use of this app, nor is in any way, a beneficiary of its use,” said Gibbs. “What we’re interested in is promoting a great way to communicate between our residents and our family members. It’s as simple as that. The fact that an app designed was developed due to a family’s experience at Trinity is pretty cool.”
Industry experts there were approximately 2.5 million apps in use in October 2013, with an estimated 70 billion downloads taking place last year, or 10 apps for every person on earth.