• Overview

    Terminally ill people undergo through an emotional roller-coaster. This project aims at creating concepts to help them cope with their illness and that is important to give them a sense of control.

  • Design challenge

    Within the realm of uncomfortable interactions, our challenge was create tangible interactions to mitigate the pain of terminally ill people.

  • TEAM

    Alberto Samaniego

  • TIMEFRAME

    The project was completed within a span of 1 month.

  • RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES

    Interviews
    Secondary Research
    Affinity Diagram
    Elito Method

INTRODUCTION

Adjusting to the news of terminal illness can be extremely critical. When faced with a knowledge that one is terminally ill,  there are number of emotions that must be managed. Our project focuses on palliative care patients. Through our interviews at hospice services we found out the valuable insights about the emotional journeys such patients undergo. This helped us inform our design directions.

DISCOVERY

Secondary Research

Some insights from our literature review were: 1) Many adults are comfortable expressing positive emotions such as happiness. They may refrain from sharing feeling that they fear may make other uncomfortable.2 ) Acceptance is not about giving up, it is about finding peace. 3) Coping with the changes that illness brings, requires looking at all aspects of life in new ways for the patients and also for a friends and family members. 

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Interviews

We interviewed the staff working at Olcott Center hospice service. The doctors and nurses who work with terminally ill patients, know them better than their families in some cases. Some of the key quotes were: 

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Insights

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Having Control Over Life: Terminal patients feel a loss of freedom and capability to do things on their own.

Accepting Fate: This is the first state when the patient gets the news. It can take weeks or even months to accept the reality.
Seeking Support: Giving terminally ill patients emotional support adds quality to their life and help them cope with their illness.

Having Sense of Meaningful Life: It is important to make patients realize their importance in loved ones lives and remind them of their accomplishments.
Resolving Issues: Patients may not want to communicate directly with their family members if they are not close enough. So it is important to communicate and express their feelings. 

Ideation

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Concepts

Along with the illustrations we used photography as a way to represent our concepts. This was unique as we involved people using those concepts in real world.
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treatspace
Promoting Independent Living
designing for elevator experiences
space, place and threshold
uncomfortable interactions
constellation builders