“The aim is to help keep the loved ones with dementia engaged, empowered and enabled to age in place for as long as possible,” according to Lanzavecchia + Wai on a guide book to hack IKEA furnitures for the dementia patients.
Commisioned by LIEN Foundation, Lanzavecchia + Wai and LEKKER Architect, they present the “Hack Care” guide, filled with tips and tricks on how to hack the IKEA Swedish company’s products to better serve people living with dementia, commisioned by LIEN Foundation.
The Hack Care guide is borne out of the desire to show how one can care better for persons with dementia through simple hacks, or improvisations and creative ideas.
Hack Care combines the design and research insights of Lekker Architects with the expertise of product and furniture designers from Lanzavecchia + Wai Design Studio. Professionals from Alzheimer’s Disease Association (ADA), Brahm Centre and Khoo Teck Puat Hospital shared their collective wisdom on the caregiving journey.
Styled like an IKEA catalogue with online instruction manuals, the 240-page “Hack Care” guide contains over 50 DIY projects and essays and stories about living with dementia – a degenerative brain disorder that affects more than fifty million people, mainly those in their 60s or older.
In Dezeen, it is also mentioned that Hack Care also encourages “fidgeting” as a productive and therapeutic activity for people with dementia that can help occupy moments of boredom or soothe feelings of anxiety at various stages of cognitive decline. Tactile surfaces for fiddling with are simple to create at home and can be customised in many different ways.