Mercy Health Bethlehem Home for the Aged
A True Doors transformation in (Bendigo) Victoria, Australia.
True Doors are decals for stimulating the wellbeing of seniors and people with special needs living in care facilities.
At the beginning of 2017 we began working with Carolyne Taplin, who was previously a facilitator for Alzheimer’s Australia and is an avid photographer. Carolyne is based in Bendigo, Victoria.
Together we were lucky to find an enthusiastic team at Mercy Health Bendigo who were happy to be the first True Doors project in Australia. With help from family and staff, Carolyne identified the doors that most resonated as home for fifteen of the residents.
During the course of the project we began to add Australian doors to the collection. And expect this range will continue to grow in the coming months.
The True Doors make Mercy Health more homely, they make a lot of difference - residents recognize doors and makes for good talking points.
More homely, make a big difference. Good for talking about.
Green is a colour that has always been important to me, it's so peaceful. The copper door knocker and letter box remind me of my sons who always make things for me.
They've helped create a more individualized environment that is warmer. The Elders are recognizing some features about their doors and being drawn to it.- this is improving way-finding. They look great, when family or staff first walk in it's like WOW- and they are all blown away because of how beautiful and realistic they are. It changes the feel of the whole area. Now I have to find the time to take people on walk-thru tours!!!
Maggie has just moved into Bethlehem and the door was already up. Ironically - previously Maggie's door was purple and the colour is very similar. It's too early to tell whether mum will recognize this door but aesthetically mum feels it is comforting and homely. I think that visually it provides a wonderful sensory environment a feeling of home and a warm personal touch. The doors invite conversation and a person-centred approach with the doors unique to the individual. I would love to go through the process to see mum's reactions to other doors and would be interested to see if she would continue to choose a certain door or whether this would change on a day to day basis. I love the concept of bringing a more homely environment into Residential Care that integrates the lives of each individual and the era to which their memory resonates.
I think it's lovely and I don't think I'll see another one like it for a while!
I feel the doors take the clinical look and feel away from the facility, it certainly creates a more homely aspect. I thoroughly enjoy walking past them.
I am very impressed, it's wonderful to come along and see the effect on everybody. I feel more peaceful seeing the doors instead of institutional regular doors.
A more homely feeling with True Doors.
Created a lovely feeling in the wing. Lots to look at and talk about - Joan's door is so pretty, the curtains are lace and remind us of our childhood
..it adds a more homey feeling to match the walls of the lounge and outer garden areas. (painted murals in the interior and garden
I think they are very homely. I am finding that I have taken an interest in front doors when out walking I can't help compare.
Mum can find her door but I'm not sure she recognizes it as my door - they add more interest
I've noticed through speaking with the residents that their is a sense of pride in their door and thier room now. "This is my door". " This is my room" "Isn't it lovely.' "Aren't I lucky".
I have noticed how pleasurable and refreshing and homely feeling the True Doors have made residents and staff experience I personally felt very thrilled and my breath taken away - a very postivie experience.
Very creative. Residents and staff members all love the doors. Being a staff member I found residents found thier rooms easily and everyone finds the doors are a talking point.
Residents seem to be searching for their own door, family and staff are also excited over their doors, talking about happy memories they have had. Staff see other residents admiring all the doors.
I believe it gives both residents and their families a more warm and welcoming environment to come into and the True Doors give the residents comfort in knowing they are at home and the door is unique to them, rather than the generic facility door. Overall I think it is a wonderful addition.
To add to the feeling of "home", the staff and residents as well as families have all reacted very positively.
Each time I pass by the door with cafe blinds I "smell the scones" this leads to greater bonding with the resident who has the room and the less sterile feeling with a door also encourages a sense of individuality and self for the residents with pride shown for their "home".
Everybody who walks past tells me it's beautiful-I would say it is colossal
The doors are creating opportunities to talk with other families about their doors and the stories behind the doors. the doors are all so beautiful - it's magic- you've done a wonderful job!
They are colourful and alive , creative and engaging. The True Door helps mum identify her room. It feels more homely and adds a lot more interest- takes away the "sanitation" of aged care. Everyone I show who sees the doors thinks they are marvelous.