Adrienne is a woman in her fifties who works full time. She is helping her daughter, now an adult, who is living with cerebral palsy. Her daughter moves in a motorized wheelchair and uses a communication device. Her daughter goes to school three days a week. They have hired a helper that gets her ready for school and to unpack when she comes home.
|Needs||Current Approaches||Alternate Suggestions
|What could be created?|
|1. Adrienne wants to make eating easier and safer for her daughter when she isn’t around.
Particulars: requires temperature control, forbidden foods, liquid speed, special utensils, bite reflex.
|2. Adrienne would like to have new safe meal ideas for her daughter who is currently limited to pasta and purees.|
|3. Adrienne would like to safely help her daughter transfer into the bath tub.
Problems encountered: the bathroom can’t be adapted, the bath is not long enough.
|Adrienne uses a reclining Rifton bath bench and a wheelchair lift. A helper needs to handle the lift.|
|4. Adrienne wants her daughter’s toothbrush to be safer.||Adrienne takes care of her daughter’s oral hygiene with an electric toothbrush, but worries that the head of the toothbrush could come off if her daughter bites.||
|5. Adrienne would like to ensure the integrity of her daughter’s skin.||Adrienne monitors her daughter’s skin|
|6. Adrienne would like a safe wheelchair for winter travel.|
|7. Adrienne would like a more effective solution to manage her daughter’s deformed wrist which is causing her a lot of pain.||Her daughter is currently wearing an orthosis, which is not very effective in terms of pain.|
|8. Adrienne would like scheduling medical appointments to be easier.|
|9. Adrienne would like to have easier access to additional caregivers and more respite services.|
|10. Adrienne would like the follow-up services of technical aids (maintenance, advice, etc.) to be improved.||Adrienne uses the wheelchair emergency repair service, but says the opening times are short and you have to make an appointment.|
|11. Adrienne would like it to be easier to dress her daughter who has spasticity. She would also like to find suitable clothes.||Adrienne dresses her daughter by putting her on the electric bed.|