Here is what we have done:
1. We sent an email to about 30 people (patients, family members, healthcare providers, healthcare administrators; and people working in the design industry). SEE OpenIDEO.1.pdf
2. The email explained what OpenIDEO is, briefly what our idea is about, and our need to get their feedback! SEE OpenIDEO.2.pdf
3. We also sent them a copy of what our User Experience map looks like so far! SEE OpenIDEO.3.pdf (or if you prefer, check out the images above).
4. They also received a copy of our 'what to prototype' document. SEE OpenIDEO.4.pdf
5. Last but not least, we have been collecting all of their feedback; and here is what we have heard so far!! SEE OpenIDEO.5.pdf
Based on what we are hearing from patients, bereaved families, healthcare providers, healthcare administrators, IT business consultants and designers, we remain convinced that there is a real need for this project, and that it could help facilitate and inform the design of those critically important spaces intended for dying patients and their families, worldwide.
Our team remains excited about this project, and having heard from all of our key stakeholders, is convinced that this idea is a winner!!
Harvey, Shelly and George.
The spaces in which we live our lives are important. So too are the spaces we will spend our final months, weeks and days of life; as we are accompanied by those who care most about us, anticipating the inevitability of death. With the growing rates of cancer, our aging population and the challenges associated with mounting disability and frailty, the need for hospice facilities is ever increasing. While much of architectural design focuses on spaces for healthily living, far less attention has been paid to key elements of design optimal for dying patients and their families. These spaces must accommodate certain practical elements, such as accessibility, equipment placement and storage; and the various accouterments of healthcare provision; but must also impart a feeling of tranquility, refuge and healing. Design should consider facilities with easy access to the outdoors, and the ability to shift a room's focus from community to privacy. Current hospice design is polarized around two populations, infants and young children, and older adults. Other specialty hospice facilities (such as adolescent and young adult; or indigenous people and culturally sensitive spaces) are also of great interest in this project.
This project will invite architects, interior designers, landscape architects and healthcare professionals worldwide to submit their design ideas, by way of design drawings and/or more fully developed plans and photographs, illustrating core elements of optimal architectural approaches in rendering these unique spaces. These submissions will be housed in a publicly available repository located on the Canadian Virtual Hospice (www.virtualhospice.ca), thus providing an unprecedented resource that will inform the creation of healing spaces for the dying worldwide.