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!