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Misericordia Dehydration Team

Misericordia Dehydration Team in DFA Northwestern

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Pratap Jayaram

Here's our update for Week 4!
1) We learned that our users are/should be wary of inviting people into their homes to help them or their loved ones with physical activities around the house, as this could become a safety liability. We also learned that our users would find it very useful to have all of their loved one's care needs and information clearly organized in one place.
2) We have continued to pursue contacts for feedback, and got in touch with a Care Navigator at the Alzheimer's Association, as well as a social worker at the Advocate Health Group Memory Assessment Clinic.
3) Yes, all of us had basic prototypes of our concepts ready to present.
4) We want to get feedback on each of our prototypes from at least one person over the next week. We also want to develop more concrete testing methods so that we can ask questions that can reveal a lot about our concepts' potential.
5) Communication is a two way street, so we need our contacts to get back to us in a timely manner. We also need to reconcile our schedules so that we can find a time when at least two of us can be at a conversation with a user/expert.

3 years ago ·

Pratap Jayaram

3 years ago ·

Justin Hatfield

Here are the updated five questions to answer for the team updates after each meeting!

1. What did we learn about our user(s) since last meeting?
2. What else has our team accomplished that we are proud of since last meeting?
3. Did you meet last meeting's goal(s)? What goal(s) did your team not meet?
4. What is our team's specific and measurable goal by next meeting?
5. What are the major obstacles stopping us from achieving our goal by next meeting, and how will we resolve them?

3 years ago ·

Justin Hatfield

3 years ago ·

Pratap Jayaram

Unsure if I have the right format for this post, but here goes! This is our update for Week 3 of spring quarter.
1) Over the last two weeks we have narrowed down to four concepts (with a fifth one currently pending) and over the last week each member of the team worked on fleshing out one of the concepts, which we then presented to the group. All of the concepts looked great and we're all really excited about them.
2) We've continued to reach out to organizations about hearing more user testimonies, and have also started looking for individuals who can give us feedback on our concepts.
3) Our goal by our next weekend is for each person to create a testable mock-up for their concept, and also to develop a list of questions that could be used to gain feedback on the mock-up.
4) This is a significant amount of work to get done in a single week, but I don't doubt that we can handle it. The thing that will restrict us the most going forward is our difficulty in finding a group of users, or a user champion.
Aside from general process feedback, we would love it if anyone could put us in touch with a person who is currently caring for or has cared for a family member with Alzheimer's. Someone located in Chicago would be ideal, but people from out of town are just as welcome!

3 years ago ·

Pratap Jayaram

3 years ago ·

Pratap Jayaram

3 years ago ·

Pratap Jayaram

Here's the update for Week 8!
1) We continued to brainstorm and flesh out some of our concepts that arose from the earlier brainstorm, and started narrowing down concepts
2) We realized that we felt that our first HCW was a bit too restricting, and decided to take a step back and settle on our second HCW for now (HCW prevent our users from becoming overwhelmed by a diagnosis). We feel a lot freer after making this decision. We thought that we were being led towards solutions that were rooted in bad news and negativity, and we wanted to allow ourselves to look at solutions that dealt with the realistic side of Alzheimer's as well as solutions that focus on improving the daily lives of our users.
3) We want to continue to narrow down on our concepts, and by the end of the quarter we hope to settle on 3-4 that we feel really good about.
4) We need to start fleshing out some of our looser brainstorming concepts. The more that we discuss the concepts and how we feel about them, the more refined I think they'll become.
As always, feedback is greatly appreciated!

3 years ago ·

Carolyn Mazanec

3 years ago ·

Carolyn Mazanec

Sorry this post is so long overdue!! So we have done a lot in the past few weeks and made some great progress on our project. Here are the highlights:
1. We decided to focus on the loved ones of those diagnosed with Alzheimer's who provide the primary home care.
2. We boiled our problem down to two HCW's: HCW help our users maintain their own health, and HCW prevent our users from becoming overwhelmed by a diagnosis.
3. We're now in the brainstorming phase of the project, and have come up with a long list of ideas that we now need to sort through. One particular area of interest for us is regulating the flow of information that our users receive from diagnosis to death (sorry to put it so bluntly... still working on PC wording!)
4. We've reached out to many different stakeholders, and plan on continuing our research/interviews with these different contacts (such as the Alzheimer's Association, the Mather/Symphony, North Shore Geriatrics, and Medical Advocates.)
Any feedback would be great, and sorry again this is so long overdue!

3 years ago ·

Justin Hatfield

3 years ago ·

Justin Hatfield

The four new questions:
1. What is our team's progress on the last goal, and what did we learn about our user(s) since then?
2. What else has our team accomplished that we are proud of since last meeting?
3. What is our team's goal (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-related) by next meeting?
4. What are the major obstacles stopping us from achieving this goal, and how will we resolve them?

3 years ago ·

Pratap Jayaram

Over the past week we made a ton of progress in getting interviews with stakeholders, potential users, and experts. The major groups we've decided to reach out to are doctors, professional caregivers, family therapists, and the loved ones of those affected by Alzheimer's. We defined our research objectives, and then used these to write question guides for each interview type. We also updated our coaches on our progress so far, and got their feedback and advice on our interview guides. Over the next week to two weeks we'll be conducting interviews in pairs, mostly over the phone. We would love your opinions on how long we should spend focusing on interviews before moving on to synthesizing and brainstorming. Also, if there are any major groups of stakeholders/users we have missed, please let us know so we can reach out to them!

3 years ago ·

Pratap Jayaram

3 years ago ·

Carolyn Mazanec

3 years ago ·

Carolyn Mazanec

So this week we used a decision matrix to help us pick on a specific topic. After lots of discussion and weighing out the pros and cons, we finally decided on tackling Alzheimer's home care and easing the burdens that this disease puts on both the patient and his/her entire support system. Affordability came up in our discussions a lot, as well as the mental wellness of the people affected by Alzheimer's who didn't receive the diagnosis (so the family members/ loved ones). However, at this point we are looking to research all the different angles of home care for Alzheimer's. We were thinking of reaching out to the Mather Home, the Chicago branch of the Alzheimer's Association, and any friends/family we know who are either professional caretakers or have dealt with Alzheimer's first-hand. This week we are reaching out to these people to set up interviews and also doing some initial research on our own. Any other suggestions/ comments would be greatly appreciated!

3 years ago ·

Carolyn Mazanec

Sorry this is late! On Sunday we met with Cassie to talk about our options for a new project (will also have to get a new name on Loft :D ) We talked about using a Design Matrix to decide between different topic ideas we have brainstormed. Right now, we're doing individual preliminary research, and then choosing a topic this Thursday.

3 years ago ·

Carolyn Mazanec

3 years ago ·

Pratap Jayaram

1. We analyzed our user observation notes, and also conducted further research on our own.
2. By next meeting we want to further our individual research, and also reach out to experts.
3. We're struggling a little bit because we weren't able to observe a diverse population of Misericordia residents, and only saw a small number.
4. No big decisions yet!

4 years ago ·

Pratap Jayaram

4 years ago ·

Carolyn Mazanec

4 years ago ·

Carolyn Mazanec

1. Today we got to know each other a little better, talked about DFA/ the HCD Process, set team goals, worked out a weekly meeting schedule, and talked about our project.
2. By our next meeting, we want to get some initial research done and then talk about our insights as a group.
3. So far no obstacles!

4 years ago ·

Justin Hatfield

4 years ago ·

Justin Hatfield

At the end of every meeting, please answer these questions here on the activity feed:

1. What did we accomplish since last meeting?
2. What will we accomplish by next meeting?
3. What obstacles are impeding our progress?
4. What are the big decisions we are making right now? (optional)

4 years ago ·

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