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Design a product, service, communication or environment to help someone who has suddenly become dependent on help for everyday tasks in their own home. Create your own scenario for sudden dependency.
To show how design can improve the quality of life for those affected by sudden dependency. This may be evident through tackling:
—Physical difficulties with common tasks of everyday living
—Social difficulties emerging from increased reliance on help
—Emotional difficulties in the adjustment to a temporary or permanent state of dependence.
Primary: someone suddenly needing the help of others for everyday tasks
Secondary: those suddenly put in a position to care for someone
An app that would allow people who have become suddenly dependent to feel more supported.
This app creates a community of people who are also healing, as well as professionals such as doctors. It aims to connect these people, who are often feeling the same way, together.
The main screen is a form of calendar, which has both app generated content such as tutorials, and user generated content such as appointment dates. The app allows the user to feel in control by visualising their recovery.
By showing the user their progress and how far they have come, they improve the feelings of helplessness, and by allowing people to be connected, they feel less alone in their healing. The app also quickens the rate of recovery by regularly suggesting tutorials to the user so that they can regain their strength faster.
The app also has a separate interface for doctors. This interface allows them to scroll through their patients to see how each person is recovering, placing the least recovered patients at the front of the list.
The same interface can be used by friends and family who may want to monitor your progress, should you choose to allow them to see it. The setting can be changed to private recovery from the healing hub.