2017 was a special year for Qin Guodong. This year, he designed a wooden electric wheelchair “come” for mothers suffering from rare neuronal dystrophy ALS. He successfully raised 100,000 production costs in Kickstarter in April and recently introduced an improved version of “Online 2.0”. Throughout the design process, he had a deeper understanding of Hong Kong elderly rehabilitation supplies.

(Editor’s note: In the face of an aging population, the needs of the elderly have become more and more urgent. In recent years, more and more young people have also established a more ideal living environment for the elderly in different professional areas. The series will visit them one after another to understand how they use professional knowledge and ideas to make the service of the elderly different.」

Qin Guodong (KT)’s filial obedience to her mother was 「deaf」 – he personally designed and manufactured an electric wheelchair for his mother, and also an electric wheelchair made of birch plywood and fabric, which looks very similar to Japanese furniture. warm.

Qin Guodong (KT)’s filial obedience to her mother was 「deaf」 – he personally designed and manufactured an electric wheelchair for his mother, and also an electric wheelchair made of birch plywood and fabric, which looks very similar to Japanese furniture. warm.

KT, who was an architect himself, had never been a carpenter. However, to make a wheelchair, he learned all about manufacturing wheelchairs on the Internet. “This is the most complicated design he has done on his own.” KT’s mother suffers from amyotrophic spinal cord injury. Sclerotherapy (ALS, the rare disease helped by the 「ice bucket fundraising」 years ago), is a degenerative disease of motor neurons that severely affects the mobility of the patient’s body. With the degeneration of muscles and nerves, many patients themselves need help from others. KT designed the 「seat」 wooden electric wheelchair. The original intention is to give the mother a tool to enable her to live on her own.

When everyday life becomes difficult

“The needs of caregivers are all derived from daily life experience. Why do things that need to be done on a daily basis, it has become so difficult? Is there a solution?” The experience of the KT family, including the electric wheelchairs in the workshop, is too large. It is difficult to use narrow homes in Hong Kong. It is too inconvenient for wheelchairs to pass toilets. It causes many frictions about care. For example, a domestic helper may not be willing to move an elderly person through a wheelchair or assist in the removal of pants; or a family member feels that he can use a chair. However, the patient is not willing to do so.

All problems are caused by the loss of expectations of self-care. 「Some methods are not necessarily the solution that the disabled want. They just can’t accept it. I think that what they hope most is like a normal person. Mum has experienced this before, and that’s it,」 said KT.

Guestbook 2.0 Maker 2.0

He designed the 「Seat 1.0」 to fit directly into the toilet, and the back of the chair can be raised to allow the user to adjust the body position and use the toilet directly. His design was launched in Kickstarter in April this year and successfully raised a production cost of 100,000 yuan. In the past six months, KT has visited many technology and elderly products exhibitions with his works and received opinions from many trial participants. Later, there were physics. The therapist joined his product development work and gave more suggestions for improvement, for example, suggesting that the foot pedal in front of him could also be raised, allowing the whole person to sit and sit in the toilet to make it more comfortable.

KT transformed his concern for his mother into a wheelchair as an amateur Maker. He admitted that as a caregiver must face the needs of his family 24 hours, it is difficult not to feel hard. 「A lot of care work needs to be done with physical strength. The caregiver will choose to solve the problem in an easy, less complicated way, but this idea may not be consistent with the idea of ​​being taken care of.」 Tool as a solution, in both The bridge bears the role of a bridge.

Beautiful

Rehabilitation products have been used by many people, but “seats”, an electric wheelchair combining wood, fabric and stainless steel, are different places. Look at KT’s home decoration is also wood-based, then he knows the preferences and choices of materials. 「After seeing the wheelchairs sold by the Rehabilitation Store, it is really hard to see. Even if they are all Tien Tong and then pack plastic, it is actually not diversified.」

KT believes that aesthetics cannot be neglected: “That is a tool that will be relied upon. The people who use it really need to use it for a long time. Since it is used for a long time, it gives people a sense of what is important.” Feelings, never It is very important: “The objects of the rehabilitation products are mostly old people. In their memories, the family’s furniture and environment are made of wood and rattan. Just like my grandma, the chair she used to sit in, I remember the stool is rattan net.」 So in the 「visit 2.0」 he joined the rattan net, hoping to make the wheelchair more homely and intimacy. An elderly person may have a previous memory in a wheelchair, either moving or quiet.

KT’s seat, recently supported by a private fund, allowed his wheelchair development to continue. He also had orders for 2 Hong Kong people on hand. He believes that 「seat」 is recognized as a worthwhile investment product because its philosophy is to help the elderly and their families to enable elders to continue living at home. 「At first some people agree that the pressure will be great because some people are expecting your product.」 In the face of any problem, we must 「try the prophet.」 Regardless of whether it is product development or caregivers, it will understand the secrets of the embarrassment.

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