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Journal of Aging Research
Volume 2015, Article ID 185054, 14 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/185054
Research Article

Exploring Innovative Solutions for Quality of Life and Care of Bed-Ridden Nursing Home Residents through Codesign Sessions

1Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Fontys EGT-Centre for Healthcare and Technology, Dominee Theodor Fliednerstraat 2, 5631 BN Eindhoven, Netherlands
2Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Institute of Allied Health Professions, Dominee Theodor Fliednerstraat 2, 5631 BN Eindhoven, Netherlands
3Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology, Den Dolech 2, 5612 AZ Eindhoven, Netherlands
4Fontys School of People and Health Studies, Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Dominee Theodor Fliednerstraat 2, 5631 BN Eindhoven, Netherlands
5Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Rachelsmolen 1, 5612 MA Eindhoven, Netherlands
6Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Institute of Human Resource Management and Psychology, Emmasingel 28, 5611 AZ Eindhoven, Netherlands
7Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Institute of Engineering, Rachelsmolen 1, 5612 MA Eindhoven, Netherlands

Received 12 May 2015; Revised 24 August 2015; Accepted 1 September 2015

Academic Editor: F. R. Ferraro

Copyright © 2015 J. van Hoof et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Bed-ridden nursing home residents are in need of environments which are homelike and facilitate the provision of care. Design guidance for this group of older people is limited. This study concerned the exploration and generation of innovative environmental enrichment scenarios for bed-ridden residents. This exploration was conducted through a combination of participatory action research with user-centred design involving 56 professional stakeholders in interactive work sessions. This study identified numerous design solutions, both concepts and products that are available on the marketplace and that on a higher level relate to improvements in resident autonomy and the supply of technological items and architectural features. The methodology chosen can be used to explore the creative potential of stakeholders from the domain of healthcare in product innovation.