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Coach Hugo: Supporting the process of adaptability and embracing the role of caregivers within an internship scheme.

Coach Hugo is an university internship program that will guide caregivers through the process of adapting to the new role at home.

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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?

Coach Hugo is designed to help and guide beginners caregivers through a personalized university trainee program for three months in the fields of medicine, nutrition and psychology. The caregiver will have professional guidance, from the interns, to help them understand, adapt, learn and exercise techniques of the new role. It will help the caregiver to embrace the role and be prepared for upcoming situations.understand, adapt, learn and exercise techniques of the new role.

The caregiver is constantly under pressure and stress, the idea is to accompany the caregiver while they begin to understand and adapt to dementia by creating and developing routines and techniques. 

The program consists of a three month personalized mentoring program at the receivers house (it´s easier that the mentor adapts to the care receiver environment than vice versa) designed and implemented with different faculties of local universities in the fields of medicine, nutrition and psychology. The idea is to have a two way mentoring: the students receives mentoring and gains experience from experts in the field and they get to apply it to real life situations, mentoring caregivers and interacting with patients. Also, because of the nature of the program, it is ideal for the trainee to do the mentoring at the care receiver's home to learn about the everyday surroundings and propose an integrated personalized guide.

The program will be divided into three main stages:

Month 1: Diagnosis, get to know each other.

Month 2: Planning, let´s create and develop a plan and techniques.

Month 3: Implementation and Feedback, action time.

The program will prepare and train college students in the field of dementia, it will allowed to build an enhanced network of experienced doctors, nutriologists and psychologists for future consults. 

The program will be created and developed by a trainee from each field, however previously to put it in action, it has to be approved by the assigned college professor of the field. The idea is that every caregiver will have a trainee in each of the fields mentoring and solving doubts in the three chosen fields.

This program will help the trainee develop and practice field skills with real patients, 


  • Strength bonds
  • Real life experience
  • It will count as practice hours.


This program has the potential to become a 360 coaching experience for caregivers from being able to diagnosticate the stage to designing surroundings for adaptability. There are many other fields that can be added to the program, for example, architects and chefs could complement by designing surroundings to specific cases or being able to spice up food to enable a more enjoyable experience.


Also, it can be scaled by replicating and adapting the program in other universities and cities where students have as part of their curriculum practices.



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

Before launching new practice programs, local universities design pilot programs to be tested. The idea is to codesign the pilot program with a local university and have a run. After the pilot program has finished and we have positive results, we can expand the program to other universities around the country.

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

It would be helpful having someone mentoring us in how to create the program, with resources, strategies, or approaches that have been used. Support in creating a toolkit to onboard interns and caregivers.

How long has your idea existed?

  • 0-3 months

This idea emerged from

  • A group brainstorm

Tell us about your work experience:

Ale: An industrial engineer with experience in innovation and entrepreneurship, currently working in operations and innovation in an industrial bakery

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