Jimmy is a retired 75-year-old man who lives with his wife in their home. He has helped her about 10hrs/week for about 10 years. His wife has a neurodegenerative disease. She has weakness in the lower limbs and mood changes. She moves without technical help indoors and uses a simple cane outdoors. Jimmy is worried about the risk of her falling and says he is constantly monitoring her.
|What could be created?
|1. Jimmy would like to make the stairs safer for his wife
|His wife uses a simple cane on the stairs and Jimmy gives her verbal cues to keep her focused on the task.
|2. Jimmy would like his wife’s movements indoors and outdoors to be safer.
|His wife uses a straight cane and he accompanies her to provide surveillance. She always wears stable footwear.
|3. Jimmy finds it difficult to slow down his pace and schedule to adapt to his wife’s abilities.
|4. Jimmy would like to improve his communication with his wife because they both have hearing deficiencies.
|5. Jimmy would like to have help coming up with healthy meal ideas to cook.
|6. Jimmy is looking for bath entry alternatives when his wife has less mobility.
|For now, his wife uses a grab bar on the wall and on the edge of the bath.
She had a bath board that they thought was too dangerous, so they stopped using it.
Jimmy thinks that his bath is too small to install a transfer bench.