Long-Term Care Project

A life-long project

If there is any life-long side gig that we want to do, Long-Term Care is the number one topic because we will all need it in the future.

Stories — Love and Fear

LOVE

My best friend HsiangMin Yu(Hsiang) started this project for a really personal reason — Hsiang’s grandmother was suffering from an incurable disease; Dementia. Hsiang’s mother became her primary caregiver and went through all the good and bad associated with her new position. While Hsiang’s mother was taking care of grandma, Hsiang witnessed everything and decided to address this issue by providing an affordable solution that helps families who are suffering in similar situations.

FEAR

Born to be low vision isn’t scary, it’s not that bad since you could have a natural Gaussian (describe this for the non-designers) blur filter without glasses, but knowing you are on a high speed track to further deteriorating vision in the next decade is quite terrifying. I have suffered from Glaucoma, a disease that can make patients blind overnight or slowly. I’ve taken medicine to control the condition for four years. Almost seven years earlier when the first doctor told me I had it he didn’t inform me I might only be able to see until age 50 or 60. As a designer, I think it’s time to kick off my life-long design project that helps me live with ease even when I am old, alone, and blind.

What is Long-Term Care?

Long-Term Care (LTC) is a variety of services that help meet both medical and non-medical needs of people with chronic illness or disability who cannot care for themselves.

Most LTC is provided by unpaid family members or friends who live with the afflicted individual. This type of LTC is considered unskilled care, and includes: bathing, dressing, grooming, using the bathroom, moving around, eating, and around-the-clock supervision.

Who needs Long-Term Care?

About 70% of people over the age of 65 need at least one type of LTC during their lifetime. In addition, anyone who needs rehabilitative therapy due to illness or injury can be included in the group of people that will need LTC at some point in their lives. Some people have higher risk of requiring LTC:

  1. The Elderly — This often means that there are more women requiring LTC because women often live longer than men.
  2. Women — primarily because they often live longer than men.
  3. People who live alone.
  4. 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 started with a narrower topic; dementia. HsiangMin Yu launched her first (What does this mean? If this is the first time introducing the acronym it should be written out with the acronym in parenthesis after the written out form) MVP called HOMESEEN, which is a game that helps patients with dementia reduce the speed at which the disease progresses. According to the data Hsiang has received so far it can be concluded that there is an unfilled niche for an application to target the everyday activities of the elderly.

Returning to our stories of love and fear, it can be observed that all the conditions requiring LTC need a more comprehensive solution. This project was started to fill this need and to help our beloved live with ease.

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

  1. Revisiting the core values of Hsiang’s product.
  2. Reviewing the feedback received on HOMESEEN and making changes to future projects.
  3. Broke down tasks for understanding the real needs of families suffer from Dementia(redesign questionnaire, arrange interviews, case studies)

Now what?

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 as soon as possible!