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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.