Populations worldwide are growing older as expensive health care costs continue to rise. At the same time, many of us will likely prefer to spend our final days in the comfort of our own homes. How can design help address these issues?
LUNAR is partnering with a wide variety of organizations, along with sponsorship from the German government, on an initiative called TABLU* to develop smart and relevant solutions that will improve home health care.
As the multi-organization, Germany-based TABLU team embarks on this 36 month project, LUNAR will document and provide insights into the design process through ongoing Icon-o-Cast audio podcasts and blog posts starting today.
“Most of the work we do for clients is secret,” says LUNAR President John Edson. “TABLU is a public sector project and offers us a unique opportunity to share a behind-the-scenes, very transparent look into how design and design thinking is addressing a complex, important problem.”
“It’s a big issue,” says LUNAR’s TABLU project lead Bastian Beate. “We’re all getting older, we’ll need care, but care is very expensive. Many of us are already taking care of our aging family members at home and this trend will only continue to grow. There’s a pressing need to make home care easier and more effective, and not just bring down costs.”
In the first TABLU Icon-o-Cast podcast, John and Bastian discuss the project in light of the demographic shifts that are driving a need – and opportunity – to improve home health care. In addition, they outline the process LUNAR and the extended TABLU team will take and offer insights into ways to approach the problem.
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Watch for new editions of Icon-o-Cast and blog updates, and follow the project on Twitter at @LUNARdesign with hashtag #TABLU. Please share any thoughts on our process and how design thinking can improve health care for all of us here.
* TABLU stands for Technische Assistenzsysteme befähigen zu einem Leben in Unabhängigkeit. In English, this roughly translates to “Technical assistance system enabling independent living.”
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