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The Dresser

Enabling people with dementia to stay independent longer by helping them get dressed.

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Who is your idea designed for and how does it better support family caregivers as they care for a loved one with dementia?

Dressing is a very private experience and you want to keep doing it yourself as long as you can. In order to make dressing easier for people with dementia, we designed a drawer system to help getting dressed by filling it once a week with chosen outfits and pointing out the order in which the clothes need to be put on.

This way the care-recipient can stay independent for longer and the caregiver has more time for social activities.

Personal experience and research around the topic gave us the impression that not being able to dress themselves is a serious issue for people with dementia.

By designing a solution for this issue, we want to not only address practical needs by saving time but also give back key values for people such as: independence, self-esteem and privacy.

After identifying the main daily problems we looked for a design solution which can solve these:

  • choosing an appropriate outfit

  • dressing in the right order

  • changing clothes regularly

Our design is created to solve these issues.

In order to make dressing easier for people with dementia, we designed a drawer system to help getting dressed by pointing out the order in which the clothes need to be put on.

Each day, only one drawer is displayed, the others are turned to the back. Which causes less confusion.

Care companies can rent the dresser out to their clients. These companies can help them to stay more independent at home and get used to the care companies that they maybe end up in when they are in a later stage of dementia.

The dresser would be filled once a week with assistance of the caregiver, according to personal taste and the weather during the next week. To save time and make people with dementia more independent again.

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

We are currently preparing a user test for people with dementia. We are going to test if the guidance will work as expected.

What skills, input, or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

To help us think about ways to produce it at low costs

How long has your idea existed?

  • 0-3 months

This idea emerged from

  • A student collaboration

Tell us about your work experience:

We are a group of Industrial Design Master students at Eindhoven University of Technology. In the past we had several different internships all over the world.

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Interesting idea - however every person living with dementia is different, and can present differently - the only way to know if it's a good idea is to test it!