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ACIDO Rocket Finalist

STRATUS: Stratus is a home-care assisting device that combines a mobility wheelchair for people with obesity and a workstation for their personal support workers (PSWs)

With current Canada’s current aging demographic, the demand for elderly care has also increased. When faced with this situation, people desire responsive, resilient, and adaptive personal care. The increased need for personal support workers (PSWs) creates more stress and pressure than ever before. However, in recent years retiring at home is suggested and therefore the demand for home care will continue to go up. For that reason, awareness and empathy are essential to the quality of care. Obesity is on the rise and future medical support may be needed as they grow older and become immobilized, this comes with a decrease in mental health and independence. A person with obesity requires more time and care overall, it is important to enhance their personal care experience while reducing the mental and physical stress experienced by the PSWs.