Alice is a woman in her fifties who is unemployed and cares for her quadraplegic husband who has a neurodegenerative disease. She has provided about 15 hours of help a week for 1 year. Her husband moves in a manual wheelchair, but can walk short distances with mobility aids. He independently transitions from the wheelchair to other mobility aids.
|Needs||Current Approaches||Alternate suggestions
|What could be created?|
|1. Alice would like to minimize the risk that her husband falls when walking.||Her husband uses different assistive devices depending on his present state: a walker, crutches, or a walker.|
|2. Alice would like husband’s hunting hobby to be safer.||Her husband gets on his four-wheeler, goes to his hunting spot that is made accessible with stairs.|
|3. Alice would like a way to make sure her husband takes his medications.|
|4. Alice would like it to be easier for her to insert and remove her husband’s manual wheelchair from the car when they go out together.||Alice made the request for an accessible vehicle and for her husband to have access to a scooter.||