What would you like for dinner tonight?
It seems like a normal question for most people, but for terminally ill patients in hospices or palliative care, dinner isn't (that much) about appetite or nutrition anymore.
A lot of patients already lost their appetite, and many of them also have an altered taste, so picking a meal is sometimes more of a burden than something to look forward to.
But there are ways to help them re-appreciate eating in some way, because taste is an important sense and food isn't just about filling your stomach, but is also (or can also be) an emotional experience. And designing a way to help them explore those experiences might add to a better end-of-life experience.
TASTE is an idea for an app, to use by patients and their caregivers to collect fond memories tied to culinary experiences, relive traditions through meals and share a common past through dinner.
TASTE lets patients remember their culinary wishes, explore foods that have an emotional value, share those memories with family and friends and make it easier to discuss their dietary wishes with caregivers.