Described by nurses as the “digital crash cart for behaviors,” MindfulGarden is an evidence-based interactive behavior modification platform designed to arrest and de-escalate agitated behaviors associated with delirium. Using interactive digital media with calming visuals and audio, MindfulGarden takes the patients’ physiological inputs (motion, sound, and vitals) to drive the assets on screen; think of it as a video game the patients don’t know are playing. The graphical assets and sounds would match the patients at their level of anxiety, then bring them back to homeostasis so proper care can be administered by care staff.
The company was born under a personal experience with our founder’s mother, Esther (click here to see the founder’s story), who was misdiagnosed with dementia when she had developed post-surgical delirium. Although the physical symptoms of both conditions are very similar (irritability, physical and vocal agitation and violence, rambling, etc.), delirium is temporary and can be reduced with proper care. Unfortunately, Ester was ignored, left alone, and finally passed away due to a bowel infection from being unable to go to the washroom for 14 days. Thus, the goal for MindfulGarden is to create delirium management tools for care staff to quickly arrest and de-escalate the onset of delirium to calm the patients down so proper care can be administered.