With 33% of older adults in care suffering malnutrition, we felt that the care community, needed disruptive innovation to make a step change.
We partnered with the UK Department of Health, and the Design Council, to explore options.
Our objective – to use a design led approach to keep older adults living with Dementia happier, healthier and in their own homes for longer.
Here is the story….
The statistics for dementia are staggering, with more than 800,000 people in the UK living with the condition, numbers are expected to rise to 1.7 million by 2051.
The cost to the UK is already round £23 billion per year and sadly, malnutrition, is an all too come by-product amongst older adults living with the condition.
To help get context and insights we partnered with a number of care home partners, families and dementia experts.
We needed to understand how and why, older adults were becoming increasingly disconnected with food and eating as their condition progressed? We learnt that this is a highly complex and deeply saddening problem, but for many sufferers food prompts, typically cooking smells, were sadly missing from their homes.
We discovered that whilst food aromas were missing, the ability to react to fragrance isn’t effected by Dementia. Working with olfactory consultant, Lizzie Ostrom we explored the power of fragrance with sufferers and care staff – the impact immediate and staggering.
Clearly fragrance was a powerful link, and we set about to create a simple to use, reliable product that could deliver fragrance as a meal time prompt.
Ode releases three highly authentic food aromas to coincide with meal times to help stimulate appetite and rekindle an interest in eating. Designed to work in both residential and hospital settings, ode works for 3 months between refills.
Ode typifies much of what we at Rodd hold dear; a simple to use, disruptive innovation combined with beautifully crafted product design that delivers far and above the category norm.
Every aspect of the creation of this disruptive innovation, from capturing the very first insight, to creating the brand, the website and of course the product has been user-led and brought into the world by Rodd and our venture partner Lizzie Ostrom.
Ode has already been widely praised on Global media, amongst the professional Dementia care community, UK Department of Health and the National Health service and was voted the most Innovative British Business Idea in 2013.
Proof of Concept
Brand is key for start-ups. Read more about our work with Ode.
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What is the Living Well with Dementia Challenge?
Here is what The Design Council had to say about Ode.