From early research it was found that meal delivery options for the elderly who live independently are expensive, and not always available in certain areas. It was also found that Dementia can prevent a person from even remembering how to heat up a meal in a microwave, sometimes resulting in them eating just one cold meal a day. It is also extremely difficult to know if a person with Dementia has eaten or drank, as they may have forgotten themselves. Lastly, it was found that there are 26 individual steps to the preparation of a hot meal.
Therefore, from the above, research, an initial specification for the product was created:
The product must - store and chill food for a week, heat a meal every day, and notify the carer when the meal has been removed. The product should require limited human interaction, promote confidence - reduced confusion, and integrate with & enhance existing kitchen facilities.
Therefore, a non-obtrusive kitchen appliance was designed. Heyt combines the functionality of a refrigerator & induction cooker into a safe, automated package, giving you peace of mind that your loved one has had a hot meal each day, every day.
The project was carried out over the course of a single "Design Week" for a University Project.
A sealed unit keeps the meals fresh, and the product safe for people living with Dementia, and a complimentary app lets the carer know when the person under care has had their hot meal, if they have not taken, or eaten a meal, or even program when their meal should be presented to the person under care.