From Theory into Practice

For the last year I have only been looking into books, different Internet fora and concluded a lot about empathic design without getting my hands dirty. This is certainly about to change! For the next three months I will be working alongside physiotherapists, occupational therapists, care workers and the lovely people living at Stefanshjemmet in Aarhus – a care home for brain-damaged people with varies disabilities.

My aim is to see the inside realities of welfare technology in practice. Having my first shift today, made me realize how big a gift the work will be for my further studies. Right now my application for a PhD project in collaboration with Design School Kolding is pending, and I cant wait to learn more about the practicalities, challenges and opportunities in the field – first hand.


The home has 44 residents, and is one of the frontrunners of Aarhus Municipality’s welfare technology initiatives. They have also been included as a showcase for the CareWare conference in 2014 – to be an outstanding example of implementing welfare technology.

Today Happy Help has been more happy and practice based!


  1. Stine Maria Louring Nielsen

    Det er bare så dejligt at læse Trine – stort tillykke med jobbet. Du er lige der hvor du skal være 🙂

    Du vender bare tilbage når du ved om du har mulighed for at mødes d. 12. om eftermiddagen inde i byen. Alternativt i Lyngby, hvis det er nemmere. Jeg er ked af det ikke lige kunne passe med at jeg også var på SimpLight, men det bliver for presset.

    Kh, kram og endnu engang tillykke 🙂 Stine

  2. This is so appealing to hear – practise will be better by theory and theory will be better by practise :-). Exciting with the Phd-apply! What´s the precise agenda? xxx

    • The agenda is to merge future textiles and welfare technology to improve and innovate the Danish healthcare sector. Ill get the feedback for my application the 1st of September – so fingers crossed 🙂

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