A strong example of person-centred care enabled by design is the Discover Dementia experience pillow, designed by Eriano Troenokarso (Bachelor’s graduation project, Industrial Design) in collaboration with Hans van Wetten (Land van Horne). The pillow has twelve patches. By touching these patches sound fragments can be played. The sound fragments are personal and selected together with family members to elicit memories and responses. The pillow can be used individually or together with these family members to explore the personal sound fragments.
The design’s potential is recognised outside this project as well. In December 2014 the experience pillow won the prize for the ‘Best care idea of the Netherlands 2014’ (Beste zorg idee van Nederland, 2014). The pillow is currently being developed further together with Land van Horne.