In these times of health crisis, home help and care associations like Spitex are under pressure. There are more and more requests from people in need, and care staff have to take care of more patients. Among the services provided is the health care at home, part of which is food delivery for people that can't cook by themselves. On another hand, restaurants are closed because of the lockdown losing a lot of money and some may have to close by the end of the crisis. To potentially reduce this lack of work and promote collaboration we thought about what could be done to connect the health care services and the catering sector.
What's Spitex ? It's an association for nursing and caring at home for people with physical and psychological illness, age-related difficulties, following an accident, after giving birth or in case of complications during pregnancy. Its services range from various health care but also household chores help. For more information
What it does
MealShare connects restaurants that can no longer open with the various Spitex associations in Switzerland. The demand for Meals on Wheels has increased due to the Covid-19 pandemic. MealShare would relieve meal providers by supporting them with other external sources. In the long term, the idea is also to be able to add external deliverers to help these associations deliver meals. Until now, most of the delivery people have been retirees, who are now housebound.
How we built it
As of now, only a mock-up and a flowchart diagram of the future website are available. The next step would be to create a web application, fully responsive to work on desktop and on mobile.
Challenges we ran into
It was hard to try to keep our idea simple and achievable from multiple perspectives: technologically and practical means to implement to make work our project.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are happy to have been able to create and submit something to the community.
What we learned
We learned to brainstorm about a real life problem that affects us in everyday life. We had to be able to come up with an idea that can be built and put online in a short time. We had to think about topics we don't normally do as developers, for example the legal or the logistic issues of our ideas.
Another thing that was learned was the importance and usefulness of getting in touch with the parties concerned to ask for their opinions and requests regarding the project.
What's next for MealShare
Transform the mock-up into a real website. We thought about these following technologies, according to our affinities:
- TailwindCSS for the styling
- Vue.js for the frontend
- AdonisJS for the back-end. It's a Node.js MVC framework.
- Firebase for the authentication and the database
Adding registration as a food delivery helper to lighten the workload for the health care services.
You can find the mock-up here.
You can find the prototype here