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Caregivers of patients with Alzheimer's Disease lack truly functional tools to facilite the independent or assisted living of their loved ones. RemindCare provides caregivers with the ability to create a personalized assistant to guide loved ones suffering from early Alzheimer’s Disease through the completion of daily activities. Improving the quality of life for both caregivers and patients, ReminderCare prolongs the amount of time patients can live safely in full or partial independence.

Client
Class Project

Duration
3 Weeks, Spring 2016

Role
Concept, Research, UX, UI, Animation

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01 - Prototype

Switch
Patient

If the user is a nurse caring for more than one patient or a family member caring for more than one relative, ReminderCare allows the user to create multiple patient accounts and easily switch between them. Users can focus on one patient at a time, setting customized reminders and viewing individualized schedules.
 

02 - Prototype

Select
Reminder Date

To schedule reminders in advance, the user can either tap through nearby dates one a time using the right and left arrows or tap the calendar icon to select a date from a full calendar. These options offer users flexibility in their workflow for reminder scheduling.

03 - Prototype

Create
New Slide

Users can control the size of the text and image modules in their reminder slides by shifting the divider up or down. This provides users with the ability to customize their slides and accomodate for varying patient ability. Users can create all-text slides, full-image slides, or combo slides of text and image.
 

04 - Prototype

Reorder
Slides

Users can edit the order of their reminder slides at any time by simply grabbing a slide module and dropping it in its newly desired place in the slide sequence. The order of the sequence set here determines the order of the reminder sequence that the patient is prompted to click through.

What are the initial symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease and how could an Alzheimer's Disease management app safely benefit patient and caregiver?

After researching the topics, I determined that ReminderCare would focus on the mild to moderate stages of decline where it is possible for the patient to maintain some level of independence. While it is not possible to cure the symptoms of these stages, I set out in an attempt to help caregivers manage these system and maximize the quality of life and time patients spend in the early stages of decline.

Mild Decline

Patient begins displaying memory issues, forgetting things they've just read, repeating questions over and over again, and having difficulty remembering the names of people they've just met. Patients also experience difficulty in organization and making plans.

Moderate Decline

Patients begin to forget details about themselves and have trouble remembering the current date or season. Basic household chores like cooking meals start to become difficult. Patient may experience difficulty multi-tasking and making quick judgments.

Moderately Severe Decline

Patients lose track of time and place, often experiencing confusion about how to dress appropriately for the current weather or season. Patients begin to forget important details about themselves like home address, phone number, school attended, etc.

Severe Decline

Patient may recognize faces but often confuses names and identities, including their own. Patient may experience delusions and require assistance with personal care tasks like bathing or using the bathroom. Patients may experience personality change & paranoia.

Information Architecture

Sketching interaction models
 

I iterated many concept models of reminder setting. Given the broad range of needs of Alzheimer's patients, it was difficult to make decisions about what types of reminders (i.e. images, text, sound) would be most effective. Thus, I couldn't design the reminder set-up to favor to uniform or standard reminder. The caregiver user needed to have a lot of freedom and control over how they created reminder slides and how different slides would work together in order to tailor their reminders to their patients.

In contrast, the patient needed to have limited control and minimal actions required of them. At the same time, however, a fair of effort was needed from them to "prove" the completion of these tasks. It was a challenge figuring out how these two roles would inform and effect the user experience of the other user.

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Giving peace of mind
 

I aimed to relieve some of the stress of caregiving by providing a visually soothing and relaxing aesthethic. Purple colors were chosen because of their peaceful affect as well as purple's status as the official color of Alzheimer's awareness.

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Navigating the real consequences
of health applications

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Knowing that an app like this could have very real consequences, it is very challenging trying to ensure that it is truly helpful and not harmful to the health or safety of the people it serves. It was important to make a tool that would augment a caregiver's ability to care rather than insuniate that the app could replace it. There needed to be a lot of user decisions as safeguards, but at the same time, the tool would be moot if it didn't perform a helpful amount of tasks for the user. 

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