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Lumea, a product line for terminally ill patients and their loved ones
Junior Product Design Studio
Theme of Loss and Limitation
Parsons The New School for Design
Spring 2006
Professor, Robert Rabinovitz

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Carissa Lo Lumea

  1. 1. ` Lumea ` Therapeutic Memoirs “It is not the length of life, but the depth of life.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Carissa Lo Terminally Ill Patients by Carissa Lo Parsons School for Design Professor Robert Rabinovitz
  2. 2. In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on. Robert Frost
  3. 3. - Design Direction ........................................... - Introduction .................................................. 1 6 Content - History of Hospice Phase 2 - Revised Criteria - Research ...................................................... 1 Phase 1 - Inspiration - Understanding the Problem - Concepts - Problem -Models - Vital Statistic - Understanding the Patients - Design Direction ........................................... 7 - Mental Phase 3 - Physical -Concept 1: Snowflake - Belief - Model - Existing Products - Application - Research ...................................................... 3 - Concept 2: Finger Knitting Phase 2 - Model - Understanding Patient Analysis - Application - Senses - Concept 3: Butterfly - Daily Routine - Model 1 4 - Intent ............................................................ - Application 1 Phase 1 - Model 2 - Intial Criteria - Application 2 - Concepts - Final Product ................................................ 8 - Models - Lumea 5 - In Field Research ......................................... - Meaning of Lumea and Concept - Materials - Views - Various Age Group Scenarios - Technical Rendering and Exploded Views - User Scenario - Resources - Bibilography Carissa Lo Lumea- Terminally Ill Patients by Carissa Lo Parsons School for Design Professor Robert Rabinovitz
  4. 4. History of the Hospice Introduction “Hospice” a linguistic root for “hospitality” During the medieval times hospice was referred to a place of shelter and rest for the weary or ill travelers on a long journey. In 1967 a physician Madame Cicely Saunders founded the first modern hospice center called St. Christopher’s Hospice in a residential suburb of London. She introduced the idea of specialized care for the dying in the United States in 1963.
  5. 5. Understanding the Problem Problem Vital Statistics Many of terminal patients are forced There are at least over one million to live in nursing homes, residen- patients that are diagnosed as termi- Research tial hospices, or hospitals due to nally ill in the US of 2006. the variety of help needed for their specific conditions including cancer, At least 80% of US patients die in pulmonary, cardiac, and neurologi- institutions from medical treatment. cal diseases. Most of these deaths occur among Phase 1 adults from 65 to 85 years of age. Due to a lack of proper diagnosis At least 15% of terminal patients die from physicians, the solution for a within 7 days, with an average hos- terminally ill patients maybe to either pital stay being 29 days. hasten death or improper treatment for the patients. Many physicians do not seem to understand that keeping patients in the hospital for a prolonged period of time will lead to a decline in the patient’s mental state. Carissa Lo Lumea- Terminally Ill Patients by Carissa Lo 1 Parsons School for Design Professor Robert Rabinovitz
  6. 6. Understanding the Patient Mental Negative Positive Psychologically these patients may To alleviate some of the mental face a variety of emotions due to stress, there are many enjoyable their fatal conditions. activities that can promote a better quality of life. - Distress - Depression - Meditation - Burden - Music - Denial - Dance - Helplessness - Theater - Guilt - Art - Shame - Events/ Festivals - Feelings of unfulfillment - Sports/ Games - Abandonment/ leaving too soon - Amusement Parks - Anger - Singing/Chants - Sadness - Concerts - Frustration - Eating/ Food - Attachment/ being separated - Sense of Danger - Anxieties - Regrets Hanging out with friends, spending time with family, cultivating relationships through patience, love, compassion, and wisdom, creating a cause for a future of happiness, eliminate any final regrets, attain- ment of the world, and taking day trips can lead to a satisfying life.
  7. 7. Understanding the Patient Physical There is a concern for the patients level of consciousness, range of movement and the duration of time. Minor Cases Mike is in his mid twenties and is single. He was diagnosed - Counseling with Leukemia and his life expectancy is 2 weeks. He lives - Support Groups and works in the city on his own. His parents live in Europe - Foundations and visit once in a while. Since his diagnoses he has been - Charities bed ridden and his energy is diminishing. From time to time - Wheelchair he has a shortness of breathe and is limited in the range of movement. Due to the distance of where his parents live it is Severe Cases difficult to reach him to visit at the hospice. - Need constant attention 2 Weeks - Facilities to be close by - Equipment if necessary - Therapy Jane is thirty years of age and has a husband and two kids. - Limited Range of movement She was diagnosed with cancer and has 3 months to live. - Possiblity of Bed ridden Her and her family live in the suburbs close to the hospital - Physically debilitating facilites. She is a very energetic person but due to the treat- ment she is on, to deter the illness, she has become very Patients can have emotional con- woren at times. At times she experiences pain and uneasy flicts because of a strained due to the medication. Her family is very supportive of her relationship between them and and encourage her to stay strong throughout the process. their loved ones. Loved ones may 3 Month also have to deal with the after effects of the patients passing away. Frank is a senior citizen at his prime age of sixty-five. He has a loving wife, two kids and three grandchildren. A cou- ple weeks ago he was notified that he was diagnosed with a pulmonary heart condition. The doctors told him that he has a year to live. He resides now at a retirement home with a large loving family that visits him on occasions. He is very active even though his moblity is hindered a bit due to being handicap from a stroke a couple months ago. 1 Year Carissa Lo Lumea- Terminally Ill Patients by Carissa Lo 2 Parsons School for Design Professor Robert Rabinovitz
  8. 8. Understanding the Patient Belief There are many different belief systems that are across the world. Many people surround them- selves with spritual objects to comfort them. Some of these objects are the bible, a rosary, prayer cards and pictures of saints. By engaging in reading prayer cards or the bible their hopes and questions can be answered by a higher being, god. Christianity Other religions that are mainly celebrated in Eastern Culture is buddhism. Some forms of activies that they perform help them to relax or set the mind at ease. These activies include worshipping deities bringing them offerings or sacrfices, meditation, or simply by celebrating in a festive way. Buddhism Another sect of relgion or belief people come together for is by chanting or reading hymns out loud. It releases any bad spirits one might have and bring in good energy. Judism
  9. 9. Existing Products Eastern Culture Western Culture Letter Scrap Booking Diaries and Journals Monument Temples/Shrines Sacred Text Scrolls Playing Instrument Collecting Stamps Bible and Rosary Symbolism Rituals/Ceremonies Calendars Deities Books Puzzles Music Mummification Chants/hymns Processions Knitting Will Quilting Pottery Offerings Jewelry * Note: Two Color Scheme represent the setting of the tone in different cultures Carissa Lo Lumea- Terminally Ill Patients by Carissa Lo 3 Parsons School for Design Professor Robert Rabinovitz
  10. 10. Understanding Patient Analysis Birth Graduation Traveling Maintenance - Touch - Photos - Books Research - Bathing - Discovery - Friends - Magazine - Spa - Explore - Yearbook - Music - Eating - Food - Family - Car Games - Sleeping - Parents - Newspaper - Massage - Movies Phase 2 Children Vacation Animals Marriage - Sports - Hiking - Spider - Planning - Growth - Spa - Web - Relationships - Family - Cruise - Butterfly - Honeymoon -Family Album - Photo - Metamorphis - Vacation - Storytime -Camera - Bird - Anniversary - Parents - Books - Songs -Gifts Holiday Birthday Nature - Friends - Photos - Plants - Cards - Presents - Maze/ Labyrinth - Food - Friends - Solar System - Music -Planitarium - Trees - Family - Growth Rings
  11. 11. Senses - Touch - Smell - Taste - Hear - See Senses of the human body are to be applied when a person encounters different experiences. By focusing on each of the sense it will enhance their awarness of their surroundings. Hand Nose Mouth Ear Eyes Carissa Lo Lumea- Terminally Ill Patients by Carissa Lo 4 Parsons School for Design Professor Robert Rabinovitz
  12. 12. Daily Routine Morning Afternoon Night Cooking Exercsing Reading Bedsheets Meditation Laundry Pajamas Hiking Tea/ Cafe Mailbox Bath/Massage Towels/Linens Food Music Food
  13. 13. Intial Criteria To create a product that is Intent memorable and a keepsake so that the patient will have Phase 1 something physical to hold To perpetuate core value and life experiences with loved ones, friends, family, and even pets To inspire reminiscing of treasured memories that creates a sense of nostalgia Joy Excitement Love Laughter Carissa Lo Lumea- Terminally Ill Patients by Carissa Lo 5 Parsons School for Design Professor Robert Rabinovitz
  14. 14. Concepts Electronic Bracelet HomeAroma Wand Photo Keychain Toy Doll Picture Ring Models HomeAroma Wand Picture Ring Photo Keychain Electronic Bracelet Toy doll
  15. 15. Cabrini Hospice Center, New York City In Field Research What would patients like to leave behind before they pass away? A legacy. At the end of the patients life what is lacking from from life? A constant need for movement or motion. Due to being bed ridden or restricted movement it is harder for the patients to keep working or set goals due to end of their life. What is the most essential or special when family members come to visit the patients? Most important part is the sense of touch. Holding hands with the patients can be very calming and soothing to a person and also having conversations. What does Cabrini Hospice Center offer through their facilities? The hospice center has staff that offers patients and family members to talk to them. After the patients pass away the com- munity follows up after a couple weeks to a month to see if the family member is doing well. The facility offers a meditation room, music room, and a cozy living room. What kind of atmosphere and environment is created for the patients and family members in the hospice center? When walking into the hospice center the atmosphere is very calming, soothing, and relaxing. The color of the walls are a lavender pastel tone and is decoratesd with wall unit water fountains and beautiful art pictures/paintings. The mood of the overall place is set with warm, soft, and dim lighting which is easier for the eyes and plants and placed throughout the facili- ties to create a livelier environment. What types of therapies does Cabrini Hospice Center offer here? We offer Art therapy and Hand therapy mainly. With hand therapy a special high luxury end company has donated a few bottles to the hospice center for therapeutic reasons. Carissa Lo Lumea- Terminally Ill Patients by Carissa Lo 6 Parsons School for Design Professor Robert Rabinovitz
  16. 16. Inspiration Revised Criteria There is a need for a product or system to To create a product that overcomes help these patients transition into their next Design Direction the stages of Dying, Death, and Grief stage of lives. Patients need to feel a sense of life long fulfillment and satisfaction in the To convey the present moment and small duration of time they have left. the vibrancy of life To engage a loved ones in events by focusing on physical activies + Books + Letters/ Journal Phase 2 To form a depth of life and layered of + Daily Activities meanings - Photos Existing solutions for these patients include medical treatment,psychotherapy, and sup- port groups. Some of them seem quite help- ful, but many, including foundations and charities, leave these patients in the same or worse conditions and do not really grasp the core values and essence of life. + Spending time with loved ones - Medicine - Charities * Note: Symbols for Positive + and Negative -
  17. 17. Concepts Finger Cacoon Goal Inspired Flashcards Hand Motion Plant Models Finger Cacoon Hand Motion Plant Goal Inspired Flashcards Carissa Lo Lumea- Terminally Ill Patients by Carissa Lo 7 Parsons School for Design Professor Robert Rabinovitz
  18. 18. Concept 1: Snowflake Design Direction Phase 3 Inspiration: Snowflake Dimensioned Snowflake Patterned Snowflake Flake Pendant Model
  19. 19. Concept 2: Finger Knitting Design Direction Inspiration: Fingers Fingers and Hands Phase 3 Book Model Dimensioned Yarnball Carissa Lo Lumea- Terminally Ill Patients by Carissa Lo 8 Parsons School for Design Professor Robert Rabinovitz
  20. 20. Concept 3: Butterfly Design Direction Phase 3 Inspiration: Butterfly Top View Option of handel Butterfly Model Option of handel Side View
  21. 21. Lumea Final Product Inspiration: Relaxation Pendant Color Features Ring Detail Photo Magnet Tracking connection Carissa Lo Lumea- Terminally Ill Patients by Carissa Lo 9 Parsons School for Design Professor Robert Rabinovitz
  22. 22. Meaning of Lumea and Concept Lumea is in reference to the Moon Goddess Luna. She symbolizes protection of the skys above. On a specific day there is a ritual in rememberance for the goddess. By incorporat- ing a sense of tradition in the product it will give more cultural meaning. Moon Phases represents the cycle of change of time. The mechanism part of the product picture and the ring rotates on a track in a circular motion. The Sky display the infinate and timelessness of the vast space. The objective of the product is to create a sense of value and sacredness in the product experience when in use. The Stars represent a belief of wishes. Also star formation and cluster of stars connect to a bigger picture for instance constellations. Giving the consumer a chance to use the product it can create a sense of connection or link forming a relationship.
  23. 23. Materials Plastic Pellets Golden Chain Ball Bearing Circular White Labels Magnets Steel Pendant is made out of plastic pellets that are melted into a liquid and then is poured into a mould to form the shape of the pendant. Located on top of the pendant is a hole for the golden chain to go through it so the user can wear it around their neck. Ring is a ball bearing that is composed of steel. Photo Disc top surface has a flat surface to hold the circular white label that have adhesive backing. On the back side of the photo disc situated in the middle of the circle is a mag- net. There is also one on the top surface of the pendant to keep the photo attached to the pendant. Carissa Lo Lumea- Terminally Ill Patients by Carissa Lo 10 Parsons School for Design Professor Robert Rabinovitz
  24. 24. Views Top View Oblique View Bottom View Side View
  25. 25. Various Age Group Scenarios Carissa Lo Lumea- Terminally Ill Patients by Carissa Lo 11 Parsons School for Design Professor Robert Rabinovitz
  26. 26. Cross Section and Exploded View Technical Rendering
  27. 27. Technical Rendering Exploded View Carissa Lo 12 Lumea- Terminally Ill Patients by Carissa Lo Parsons School for Design Professor Robert Rabinovitz
  28. 28. User Scenario Step 6: Step 2: Step 3: Step 4: Step 5: Step 1: Giving the pendant to the Peeling the picture off. Sticking the picture on the Downloading the picture. Printing the picture. Taking the picture. patient. pendant.
  29. 29. User Scenario Step 12: Step 7: Step 8: Step 10: Step 11: Step 9: Rotating the picture. Patient wearing the pen- Taking the ring out. Giving the ring to a loved Listening to the ring. Talking to the ring. dant. one. Carissa Lo Lumea- Terminally Ill Patients by Carissa Lo 13 Parsons School for Design Professor Robert Rabinovitz
  30. 30. Resources Cabrini Medical Center Hospice 227E. 19th St. Stuyvesant (212) 995-6480 Cabrini Medical Centers- Bereavement Support Ser- vices (212)- 995- 6869 Jacob Perlow Hospice Continuum Hospice 1st Ave at 16th St Ms. Carolyn J. Cassin Ms. Annette Farrell T. (212) 420- 3370 F. (212) 420- 2420
  31. 31. Bibiliography Bhattacharya, Anupama. “The Pleasure Principle” 2/5/06 asp “Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy for the Terminally Ill 2/1/06 “Older Persons’ Preferences for Site of Terminal Care” 2/3/06 July 20, 1999. Volume. 131 Issue 2. Pgs 109-112 “Timing of referral of terminally ill patients to an outpa- tient hospice” 2/3/06 June 9, 1994 pages 314-320 fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pub med&dopt=Abstract&list uids=8077995&query hl=2&itool=pub med docsum Emanuel, Ezekiel J., “Assistance from Family Members, Friends, Paid Care Givers, and Volunteers in the Care of Terminally Ill Patients.” The New England Journal of Medicine 2/3/06 September 23,1999. Volume 34, Pages 956-963, Number 13 ck=nck Carissa Lo 14 Lumea- Terminally Ill Patients by Carissa Lo Parsons School for Design Professor Robert Rabinovitz