Working with the Geriatric Psychiatry unit of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute at UHN (“5 South”) in Toronto, our full-time cohort conducted both primary and secondary research in alignment with a Request for Proposal from 5 South. The result helped us frame a number of research questions that informed design concepts and diagrams.
Being more familiar with the autism community, I explored this as a parallel in rapid literature reviews and found Magda Mostafa's sensory design theory in architecture. This theory formed one of a collection of design principles for our cohort moving forward. Together, Laura Halleran and I wrote a meta-ethnography that laid the foundation for our concept designs focusing on family-oriented relational care. We later presented our findings at the Design 4 Health conference in Sheffield, England (2018).
Maya Desai, Bruce Hinds, Dr. Kate Sellen (OCAD University)
Robin Shan, Alison Lake, Dr. Ron Koren (TRI, Unit 5 South)
Laura Halleran, Angelsea Saby. Designing to Foster Meaningful Relationships for Families Living with Dementia in Long-term Care. Paper presented at: Design 4 Health; 2018 September; Sheffield, England.