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A new type of hospital space that doesn't look to replicate the home but better transitions the individual and family for change.

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Who is your idea designed for and how does it reimagine the end-of-life experience?

The idea is that the new hospital room will not only borrow elements from brainstorm/innovation space that encourage people to think differently and analyse all the information available but yoga rooms that create a sense of relaxation and reflexivity, a hospital to legitimise the expertise within the room whilst also a hostel where its a place to meet knew people and share in experiences. Its not a daunting space, but one full of life.

As an interior designer, I am very passionate about the impact an environment has in our sense making process. A space can generate implicit conversations that develop our insights in which we understand, interpret and respond to our present situations.

With this in mind, I propose that its not about trying to replicate a homely environment in our hospitals, or trying to replicate the idealism of dying in our sleep, but strengthening our mindfulness through our environments. We need to create environments that correctly convey what is happening and what could be.

I suppose with death we all feel a lack of control over our lives, but if our environments strengthen our ability to respond better instead of striving for a sense of anaesthetic, we can make our own decisions of what is and what could be. Which would generate a sense of empowerment and will both of the patient and their family to continue in whichever way they like. To be comfortable with the future and prepared for change.

We must consider, the whole user experience.. a further involvement where possible in the treatment plans rather than being given unknown medications, better lighting to create a sense of privacy and intimacy, unique elements that create a sense of place within a room; a small kitchen to allow the ability to participate in cooking or smelling dinner being cooked, a communal dinning to encourage conversation of people in similar situations, large windows to create a connection with the world around.

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

I am currently assisting on a project dedicated to providing a resort for brain and spinal rehabilitation, although not at all end of life, we are discussing with focus groups the key drivers within hospitals that remind people of their injuries and create a mental barrier to a sense of normal and considering the change in mentality of all users.

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

Architects & Interior Designers
Doctors & Nurses
Patients of all kinds: long term, short term, regular

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Welcome to the refinement phase Emily! Here are some key questions and milestones we encourage from all ideas in the Refinement:

1. How might this idea address the unique needs of the target audience you're designing for?
2. Clearly summarize the value offering of your idea in 1-2 sentences
3. Communicate your idea in a visual way with user experience maps
4. Identify assumptions that need to be answered in order to validate your value offering:
5. Collect feedback from potential partners and users to answer the assumptions you’ve identified.

Lastly, here's a useful tip: When you update the content of your post, it'd be helpful to indicate this in your idea title by adding an extension. For example, you can add the extension " - Update: Experience Maps 07/12" to you idea title. This will be a good way to keep people informed about how your idea is progressing!

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