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Solace

A digital service supporting caregivers of terminally ill loved ones

Winner of Global Student Service Design Competition

Service Design | User Research 

Spring 2023, 14 Week Project

Philip's Global Student Service Challenge tasked competitors to design a service that enhances personal wellbeing and resilience, as well as contributes positively to a collective happiness

We proposed "Solace", a service concept that provides caregivers unwavering assistance, understanding, and community, easing their burden and empowering them throughout their caregiving and bereavement journey.

Research Methods

  • Domain Survey 

  • In-depth Interviews

  • Concept Validation

  • User Testing 

My Role

  • Project manager

  • Led discovery research efforts

  • Led data analysis & synthesis

  • Equal collaboration on concept generation 

  • Generated service blueprint 

In collaboration with Daisy Dai, Aman Sinha, Saisri Akondi

Our Process

Honed in on a problem statement    

  • Began by identifying a need to provide additional support to families dealing with end-of-life care of a terminally-ill loved one and  bereavement.

  • Conducted literature review on grief, hospice, and bereavement. 

  • Spoke with 5 domain experts about their caregiving journeys. 

  • Developed a problem statement: How might we improve emotional support and alleviate mental strain for families with terminally-ill loved ones as they navigate anticipatory grief and bereavement care?

Explanation of Grief
Current landscape of bereavement care
Current landscape of hospice

The Opportunity

Cancer caregivers, also known as invisible patients, often feel isolated and underprepared to handle caring for their terminally ill loved ones. There is an opportunity to provide early support for invisible patients from the period of uncertainty up until end of life, so as to enable them to better enjoy more final moments with their loved ones and ease their bereavement process.

Through primary research, caregiver’s top needs include:

  1. Logistical and physical support to take care of their loved one.

  2. Reminders to be attentive of their own emotional well-being, and easy access to mental health services.

  3. A network of individuals with shared experiences for support and solidarity.

Solution Criteria 

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Connect caregivers to the right support system & network

Different types of support systems need to be offered to invisible patients, so they have control to choose the most effective resource and comfort needed.

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Be approachable & comforting for the invisible patients

Invisible patients try to avoid negative and upsetting information, which is why the visual and auditory language of our solution must be reassuring and comforting for users.

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Offer holistic security that can be relied upon by invisible patients

Users should feel a sense of emotional and mental security using our solution.
They should feel protected and supported in their physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.

Solution Details

Care Team

   

AI algorithm recommends a suitable care team from local professionals who have signed up for our platform. Caregivers choose a hospice-certified nurse, home aide, volunteer, and social worker who will provide end-to-end logistical support, patient care, and resources throughout her journey of caring for her husband.

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