The ADST 9 class (Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies) recently had the opportunity to work with Beth Burton, the Director Mission Services at Providence Health Care, to explore product designs that could meet the needs of patients that have come to Vancouver hospitals as a result of COVID-19.
One of the needs identified was for ways to help patients feeling isolated and unable to receive visitors. To address this need, Joyce, Angela, Jordan, and Pamela created a booklet that included inspirational quotes, colouring activities, puzzles, word games, and origami. After a process of presenting ideas and receiving feedback from Beth and her team, the group recently presented a final draft of the booklet to a large group of PHC staff including several spiritual health practitioners, Sara Parmar the Coordinator of Volunteer Resources, and Jody Sydor Jones, Corporate Director of Mission Engagement & Reconciliation. During the meeting, the students heard about how important a carefully planned activity booklet such as theirs could be towards improving the mental and spiritual health of patients.