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Care Cart

A mobile cart in the home to keep as many items and tools related to caring organized in one place.

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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?

The cart is primarily used for the family caregiver to assist in daily caring activities by keeping everything organized in one place. It also offers a secondary role to support the loved one with dementia to utilize the cart if they are still able to benefit from its accessibility nearby. Lastly, it also allows the family caregiver to prepare the cart ahead of time to be used by any other person supporting in caring responsibilities such as a personal support worker or other family members.

The Care Cart will provide a place to keep items and tools related to the daily caring activities organized and easily accessible.  The cart will allow storage for items such as clothing, towels, medication, healthcare supplies, and any tool needed for care to be all in one place.  

The Care Cart will be clean mobile on lockable wheels to move about in an environment. This allows the caregiver to bring everything closer to the loved one easily and then afterwards relocate the cart away from the loved one with dementia if need be.

The amount of time saved for a caregiver to be organized easily reduces the stress of the caregiver constantly moving around the home going back and forth just to bring closer to the loved one.  As well, sometimes the challenges of transitioning the person with dementia from one room to another can be overwhelming with increased risk and agitation.  We do not always need to bring the person with dementia to another location to complete a daily routine.  Many times we can bring the caring supplies and tools to the loved one.

The cart will allow caregivers to stock it up with the daily supplies required and keep it in a convenient location.  Whenever something is needed, the caregiver can just grab the supplies or role the cart over to the loved one.

Examples of utilizing this cart include changing clothes, incontinence challenges, medication, blood pressure, grooming, and nail cutting to list a few.  Other uses of the cart could include leisure activities such as storing books, games, and a tablet or utilizing it as a table to have a meal on.

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

With prototypes in development, we plan to test out a few variations of a Care Cart with actual caregivers and individuals living with dementia. We have already interviewed numerous family caregivers and those with dementia to provide feedback and wants from this cart. This low tech solution will not be difficult to learn from the caregiver or person with dementia. It is their feedback that will be of great value.

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

We are open to any clear examples from situations where this Care Cart could have been useful. Our team is looking to prioritize the challenges that this solution will improve.

How long has your idea existed?

  • 4 months - 1 year

This idea emerged from

  • A group brainstorm
  • An Individual

Tell us about your work experience:

I am a caregiver to my dad for 10+ years. I have successfully founded numerous small businesses (for profit and not for profit). I advise and present across Canada and internationally on topics such as caregiving, Ageing in Place, and designing assistive technology in the dementia community.
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bing ye

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"Bing Ye is a researcher working at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute - University Health Network. She has been working in the research area for nine years. Her research interests include assistive technology, people with dementia, quality of life of older adults, and human-centered design. Specifically, she is interested in how technology can help people age gracefully and assist caregivers in supporting care. How technologies can be developed/designed that reflect user's needs and requirements."

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Ilan Max

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"Ilan Max is an Industrial and UX Designer based out of Toronto, Ontario. He has produced products that have received awards in numerous health and pitch competitions. He spends time creating products the help improve people's quality of life. Ilan also has had a background working in Long Term Care as an Activity Facilitator."

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Shannon Coffey

Role added on team:

"Shannon is a Second Year Student in the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program at Western University. She has prior experience interning at the Baycrest Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care and Shannon's educational background in Gerontology has fostered her passion for dementia-care and enabling caregivers to be successful in their role. She has also worked in facilities that have day programs and Long-Term Care for those living with dementia."

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Interesting concept. Do you have a picture of any of the prototypes? Or more information on one?