Design for health, wellbeing & inclusion

Design for Good Kitchen  

Poor diet among older people is a significant public health issue. Research suggests that older adults are particularly vulnerable to malnutrition due to a range of physical, economic and social factors which influence food access, choice and behaviour.

The Good Kitchen is a service design solution that aimed to improve the quality of food experience for the elderly as well as social interaction with and respect for the elderly. The design was developed in collaboration between a design company, a municipality and the
Danish Enterprise and Construction Authority.

The design process that was employed involved the following

● Field Studies, interviews and observations of how the elderly planned, prepared and ate food from food service

● Idea Workshop with kitchen staff, home care, elder representatives, town councilors and designers

● Prototypes of solutions and suggestions for service improvements were evaluated by the elderly users and staff.

While the initial intention was to improve  a menu system for elderly people, the design process resulted in a whole new service with more inviting menu cards, several new opportunities for food choices, improved communication between the user and the kitchen in the form of a simple post card based dialog as well as more opportunities for dining together. Even the cars delivering the food was redesigned

 

 

Liftaware

People that suffer from Parkinson’s experience constant tremors and this makes daily tasks, such as eating, a major challenge. The impact on the wellbeing of the person is seriously impacted as it can affect their dignity, self­esteem and independence. LIFT LAB designed a spoon, called LIFTWARE, that automatically adjusts to the tremors movement and allows the person to eat their food unaided. The spoon that uses sensors to detect the direction of the tremor and cancels out the movement as much as possible. It is not perfectly stable but significantly better that it would be with a regular spoon. The result would seems relatively simple but it has a massive improvement in the quality of life.

 

 

Ventum: The future of paediatric respiratory treatment

Ventum acts like a traditional respirator but reduces the number of  hoses and cables generally needed to power and monitor a respiration system. It is also far smaller that other respirators as it is a remarkably lightweight backpack suitable for children aged 0­6 years. Children that use respirators are normally restricted by the equipment equipment and they sacrifice their ability to play and interact with the world. Ventum gives children with breathing difficulties the freedom to live, laugh and play. If the respirator needs urgent attention due to low pressure an alarm will sound on the backpack to notify the parent and this ensures the safety of the child. Because of this, parents and children safely shift their focus from the basic need to breathe, to the more human focus of growing up and enjoying the world together.