The team chose True Doors to help achieve these goals. They followed a person-centred project process following the principles of dignified dementia design.

Residents and Families were involved in the choosing of the doors - It is a dementia support unit so elders who were able to make choices were supported to do that. You can see some elders with the A3 laminated sheets created to help them choose.

Creating a sense of ownership for residents St Vincent's Carseldine
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Creating a sense of ownership for residents St Vincent's Carseldine
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Creating a sense of ownership for residents St Vincent's Carseldine
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Where the elders were not able to express an opinion, families were emailed links to the True Doors website and the catalogue. Most of the choices were Australian doors with a few International.


Following the transformation

A before shot and the same door with proud owner after the True Doors were applied.

Creating a sense of ownership for residents St Vincent's Carseldine
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Creating a sense of ownership for residents St Vincent's Carseldine
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That clinical hospital like look is gone. The doors don't all look the same anymore. Everyone has a style to suit them!

True Doors - Creating a sense of ownership for residents St Vincent's Carseldine
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True Doors - Creating a sense of ownership for residents St Vincent's Carseldine
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True Doors - Creating a sense of ownership for residents St Vincent's Carseldine
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There's agreement, the feel of space has improved and there's more socialising with the doors a topic of conversation!