Project Long-Term Care
A life-long project
If there is any life-long side gig that we want to do, long-term care is the Top 1 topic for sure, since we will all need it in the future.
Stories — the love and fear
My best friend HsiangMin Yu(Hsiang) started this project due to a really personal reason — Hsiang’s grandmother was suffering from a no cure disease, Dementia. Then Hsiang’s mother became the caregiver and went through all the goods and bads while taking care of grandma, Hsiang witnessed all, and decided to address this issue by providing an affordable solution that helps those families who were suffering the same like hers.
Born to be a low vision wasn’t scary, it’s not that bad since you could have a natural Gaussian blur filter without glasses, but knowing you are on a high speed way to a serious bad vision in the next decade is quite terrifying, well, how bad? Glaucoma can make patients blind over night or slowly, I’ve took medicine to control the condition since I was 27(I am 31ys now), almost 7 years later when the first doctor told me I had it, why? Because he didn’t inform me I might only be able to sense the light when age 50 or 60. So, as a designer, I think it’s time to kick off my life-long design project that helps me live with ease even I am old, alone and blind.
What is Long-Term Care?
Long-term care (LTC) is a variety of services which help meet both the medical and non-medical needs of people with a chronic illness or disability who cannot care for themselves for long periods.
Most LTC provided at home by unpaid family members or friends since it’s non-skilled care, mainly includes bathing, dressing, grooming, using the toilet, moving around, eating, and around-the-clock supervised care.
Who needs Long-Term Care?
About 70% of people over age 65 need at least one type of LTC during their lifetime, also, anyone who needs (long-term)rehabilitative therapy due to sudden illness or injury is included, too. There are some group of people have higher risk to require LTC:
- Women — primarily because they often live longer than men.
- People who lives alone.
- Families that suffer from hereditary diseases.
And why Long-Term Care?
“The needs of personal care(activities of daily living) increased due to the aging population.”
This project actually started with a more narrow topic in Dementia, HsiangMin Yu already launched her very first MVP called HOMESEEN — A game package helps dementia patient slow down the speed of getting worse while at home(we will talk more details about the product on next article).Based on the data and information Hsiang received so far, figured there are more needs on elder everyday activities(only 50% of Hsiang’s current active users are suffering from dementia),and most of them mentioned about the issues of elder everyday activities.
Back to the stories of love and fear, we figured that all conditions that we are facing now or future, need a more comprehensive solution so our beloved can live with ease even they are suffer from aging or diseases, so started from LTC seems make more sense for both of us.
What we’ve done so far?
I joined this project after Hsiang launched the very first MVP and got bunch of valuable feedbacks, results and interest findings, based on that, we’ve done
- Revisit the core value of Hsiang’s product
- Review assumptions and modified based on feedbacks and results
- Broke down tasks for understanding the real needs of families suffer from Dementia(redesign questionnaire, arrange interviews, case studies)
We just released our redesigned questionnaire and looking for anyone who is a caregiver of caring Dementia to give us more valuable information, if you are suffering from taking care of your loved one with dementia here in Taiwan, please take few mins to fill in this questionnaire (Chinese only for now, sorry!), we’d love to hear from you!
Want to be part of this project?
The easiest way is to pass the questionnaire to anyone you know and meet our requirements — a caregiver of caring Dementia who lives in Taiwan. Or just wanna share thoughts and maybe a further collaboration? Just drop us a line here, we’ll get back to you ASAP!