One-hundred reactions to true doors

Chapter 4 Reading time: 10 - 15 minutes

During 2015 and 2016 we worked with assisted living facilities / nursing homes in the Netherlands to gather feedback from staff, family members and where possible residents.

For some of the residents, it's easier now to recognise their own door. Some say it feels more like "home". There are days when they say they are proud of their doors. They talk about about how pretty the doors are.

- Nurse at Stichting Elisabeth in Breda

The true doors make the hallways lively and colourful. It looks great! It's not just the residents like it, the staff do too. I often walk around to have a closer look at all the different doors.

Johan van Dijk - A family member of a resident at Zorggroep Charim D'n Aok in Veendendaal
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My mother asked: "Do I have to bring my door, when I go home?" She thinks it is beautiful and she recognizes her former addresses (the doors looked quite similar). Family members of other residents are also very positive about the true doors.

Jeanette de Lange - A family member of a resident at Icare De Kloosterakker in Assen

This is the door from my mum's childhood home, where she had a wonderful time. Since she received her personal true door, we talk about the past more often, about where she lived. Other residents used to accidentally walk into my mum's room. That doesn't happen anymore, now that she has a true door. This gives her peace and privacy. Every resident has his/her own personalised door, so they're finding their owns room more easily. When the family visits her, it feels more like we are entering her home, rather than being in a nursing home.

E. van Velzen - A family member of a resident at Topaz Overryhn in Leiden

Some residents feel like they are back in the past, in the street were they grew up. They recognise their own door. Some of them have conversations about the true doors, while walking together around the ward.

A. Vissers - Nurse at Laverhof Het Retraitehuis in Uden

The true doors give residents more privacy and freedom. Nobody comes in, when their doors are closed. It seems like the residents feel more at ease. It's their home; it's part of who they are.

D. Arnoldus - Nurse at Topaz Overryhn in Leiden
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I do believe the residents feel more at home. They feel like they have their own door now. The first couple of days, they often told us how lovely they think it is.

Ilona vd Meeren - Nurse at Stichting Elisabeth in Breda

My new door looks a lot like my former front door. I got married and raised my children in that house. Good memories! The front door was made of solid oak and we could open the upper part, which we did when we talked to our neighbours for example. It was a pity that we had to move out of that house.

Mw. Louwen - Resident at Pieter van Foreest Weidevogelhof in Pijnacker

One of the residents, who sits in a wheelchair, sometimes asks me to walk with her through the ward so she can have a look at all the different doors.

Aleida Ligthart - Nurse at Stichting Elisabeth in Breda

I've got the feeling that some of our residents feel more at home, especially when they recognise their own front door. Also, family members like making photographs of their relative standing in front of their door.

Melanie Holzken - Nurse at Stichting Elisabeth in Breda

Visitors really appreciate the true doors. They are very positive about it!

- Nurse at De Waalboog Verpleeghuis Joachim en Anna in Nijmegen

It's a fun and unique kind of door, I'm so happy with it! Yes, I'm very proud of my door.

Els Blom - Resident at Amerpoort in Vinkeveen

I really like my true door, I think it's the best!

Mieneke Scherrenberg - Resident at Amerpoort in Vinkeveen

The door is easier to recognize now. This helps the residents with orientation. I also think this increases the feeling of "home".

----------------- - A family member of a resident at Zorggroep Sint Maarten Gerardus Majella in Denekamp
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It's the back door of her former home. Now it's easier for her to find her room.

Han van Doorn - A family member of a resident at Woonzorggroep Samen Noorderlicht in Hippolytushoef

For my father, having his own space is very important. Other residents are not allowed in his room. He is very happy with his own well-being true door. I think that's because it feels more like a real home.

Joke Velthuijzen - A family member of a resident at Topaz Overryhn in Leiden
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A resident was so happy with his true door that he kept on saying "This is my door!". Another resident has a name tag on his door. He loves it and keeps on pointing to the tag.

- Nurse at De Waalboog Verpleeghuis Joachim en Anna in Nijmegen
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For the residents it's very important to recognize your own door. Sometimes they forget where they live and they are wandering around. They just want to know how to get "home" and now they can. We are happy with the result and it also gives our residents a positive feeling.

Miranda Koolen - Nurse at Amerpoort in Vinkeveen
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Residents find it easier to walk to their rooms now. There are less questions about "where to go?". They also talk more about their past, for example when they're engaged in a game.

José Gommers - Nurse at Stichting Elisabeth in Breda

She chose her former front door. She lived behind that door more than 30 years!

Marjan Hermens - A family member of a resident at Archipel Zorggroep Passaat in Eindhoven

Some residents recognise their own door and finds it easier to orient. I think the true doors lift up the atmosphere and are highly appreciated.

H. Ebbing - Nurse at De Waalboog Verpleeghuis Joachim en Anna in Nijmegen
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They now recognise their own front door. I also think it makes them feel more at home.

Raymann - Nurse at De Waalboog Verpleeghuis Joachim en Anna in Nijmegen
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Two residents on the community ward were talking about how their own doors look. Also I've seenother other residents sometimes stand next to a door and start talking about it.

Wiegertje Lageveen - Nurse at Hof en Heim Zorgcentrum Suderigge in Lemmer

This is the kitchen door of where she lived for 40 years. Now it's easier for her to find her room.

W. Steiginga - A family member of a resident at Woonzorggroep Samen Noorderlicht in Hippolytushoef
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My mother has lived behind this door for the most part of her life. I can tell it is easier for her to find her own door now. Sometimes she says the mailbox should be fixed. I believe she recognises her front door, because she says: "I'm going home", whenever she returns to her apartment.

J. van Bastelaar - A family member of a resident at Archipel Zorggroep Passaat in Eindhoven
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It made me think of Picasso..

Mw. Eichhorn - Resident at Pieter van Foreest Weidevogelhof in Pijnacker

The true doors helps residents with their orientation. They reminisce often and talk about the doors from their past. The true doors stand out and sometimes lead to conversations between residents, family members and the nursing staff.

- Nurse at Hof en Heim Zorgcentrum Suderigge in Lemmer

Since installation of the true doors, I knock on the door before I enter a resident's room. I also feel like ringing the door bell first.

C. Dominicus - Nurse at De Waalboog Verpleeghuis Joachim en Anna in Nijmegen

It looks very nice! Also, it's easier to find my room now.

Willem - Resident at HVO Querido in Amsterdam
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She recognized her own door and thinks it is beautiful. She lived behind that door from 1957 until 2012.

A. Schoots - A family member of a resident at Hof en Heim Zorgcentrum Suderigge in Lemmer

My true door looks like a beautiful front door. It really matches my personality. Every time I look at it, it makes me happy. I sometimes tell others how happy I am.

Daan Hogewoning - Resident at Amerpoort in Vinkeveen

I don't see a big difference so far, however, I can tell the true doors are helping some of the other residents.

M. van Eekelen-De Jong - A family member of a resident at Woonzorggroep Samen Noorderlicht in Hippolytushoef

She feels more at home now and I can tell she is more comfortable. The ward looks much nicer. Also, I like that residents are able to take something from their past with them.

- A family member of a resident at De Waalboog Verpleeghuis Joachim en Anna in Nijmegen
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Sometimes residents say: "I'm home again." That makes me happy. They also often walk around the ward while admiring the doors.

J. Benders - Nurse at De Waalboog Verpleeghuis Joachim en Anna in Nijmegen

Some residents recognize their own door. One man started complaining about this door, because he thought it needed some new paint. A conversation started, because the resident used to be a painter when he was young. I also think the hallways look way nicer now!

Karin Ruitenburg - Nurse at Woonzorggroep Samen Noorderlicht in Hippolytushoef
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Some of the residents walk straight to their room, now that the true doors are installed. They think the doors are fun and they experience more freedom than before. One resident told us he feels more at home now.

Johan Anker - Nurse at Topaz Overryhn in Leiden
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Since the true doors were installed some residents are spending more time in their rooms. They also close their door more often.

Miranda Nous - Nurse at Stichting Elisabeth in Breda

My father was a builder, that's why this wooden door got my attention. And I really like the window. My family and I are very creative people, we all love crafts and needlework. I think it is important to stay active, especially when you are my age (95 years). The wreath on my front door is made by myself from old bicycle tubes. I also have a wreath made of sandwich bags, that one is for Easter. I really gave my door a personal touch.

Mw. Arkesteijn - Resident at Pieter van Foreest Weidevogelhof in Pijnacker

I can tell some residents recognize their own front door. They often say: "This is my front door." Sometimes they visit each other and some of them now lock their door.

Mandy van Broekhoven - Nurse at Laverhof Het Retraitehuis in Uden

Residents walk around to look at each other's door and to give their opinion. For them it's important to show they are still able to critize.

Simone Bos - Nurse at Stichting Elisabeth in Breda

There are many positive reactions. Residents often mention the true doors and they point at them. The ward looks less like a hospital. It looks beautiful and cosy and it's more like a home. That's why it feels like a safe place to be.

- Nurse at De Waalboog Verpleeghuis Joachim en Anna in Nijmegen
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She chose a door from her past and she thinks it's beautiful.

Paul van Gool - A family member of a resident at Archipel Zorggroep Passaat in Eindhoven
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My aunt really likes her true door. It reminds her of her old front door. When I visit her, it feels like I'm entering her house on ... street. It's a good memory. My aunt and I like talking about the past.

Elly Stuivenberg - A family member of a resident at Zorggroep Charim D'n Aok in Veendendaal
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This was her front door for the last 20 years. She likes to look at all the different doors when we pass by. It's done so nicely.

D. Nannings - A family member of a resident at De Waalboog Verpleeghuis Joachim en Anna in Nijmegen

For some of our residents, it's easier to find their rooms now that they have a true door. Residents help each other out, when someone has difficulties finding his/her own place. They feel safer, now that their room is more like an appartment, something they own.

Anne Oomes - Nurse at Stichting Elisabeth in Breda

When she first saw her former door, she imediately said: "How lovely, it's our own door!" It was clear that she recognized it.

Marius Wijdeven - A family member of a resident at Laverhof Het Retraitehuis in Uden

For some residents it's now easier to find their room. They are very happy with the true doors and you can tell they are proud of them. Family and friends are also really positive.

- Nurse at De Waalboog Verpleeghuis Joachim en Anna in Nijmegen

Nothing has changed, the door is still exacly like it was before. She recognizes her door and sometimes talks about the past. I do get the feeling she is more at ease now that she has her own door. Also, she now locks the door whenever she leaves.

- A family member of a resident at Woonzorggroep Samen Noorderlicht in Hippolytushoef
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The residents and their family think the true doors are nice and contribute to a cosy atmosphere.

- Nurse at De Waalboog Verpleeghuis Joachim en Anna in Nijmegen

The residents recognize their front doors because of the true doors. I think the doors contribute to a home-like atmosphere.

- Nurse at De Waalboog Verpleeghuis Joachim en Anna in Nijmegen

The true door is the back door from a former house. It's easier now to orient in the hallway, and it feels more like home.

- A family member of a resident at Woonzorggroep Samen Noorderlicht in Hippolytushoef
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I think it's a beautiful door, much nicer than it was before. I'm very happy with it. And it's my kind of door, I love blue.

Bep van Grootel - Resident at Amerpoort in Vinkeveen
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I lived behind that door for 30 years. From when I was one. I was a really naughty there! At age 84, I returned the front door key, because another family member has lived in that house as well. So for 83 years, I owned that key. The front door name plate was made by my father. We had a copper door bell that we often polished.. and the tiny window above the door, we had to clean that too. Boy, did I have to clean that one!

Mw. van der Kooy - Resident at Pieter van Foreest Weidevogelhof in Pijnacker

I've had a wonderful time, living on ... street. Now I live here, I miss the feeling I had there. My old place really felt like home. I love to have my old front door again.

Mw. Roodenburg - Resident at Pieter van Foreest Weidevogelhof in Pijnacker

The well-being true door helps him with his orientation while looking for his room. He 'scans' the hallway for the front door that has been his property for 37 years. I also noticed that he wants more privacy now, he wants to lock his door. I think the true door gives him the peace he used to feel when he was home.

P.N. Berg - Rodewijk - A family member of a resident at Topaz Overryhn in Leiden
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From the living room, you have a nice view on the true door. It's really beautiful!

----------------- - A family member of a resident at Zorggroep Sint Maarten Gerardus Majella in Denekamp
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The hallway looks very nice and I like my door the best. I'm very positive about it!

Ariana - Resident at HVO Querido in Amsterdam
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Some residents find it easier to orient and they recognize their own door.

Marcolien Keyzer - Nurse at Woonzorggroep Samen Noorderlicht in Hippolytushoef
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This was the door of the entrance to his office in Santiago, Chile. He recognised his former door en keeps on pointing whenever we pass it.

Gerard Wijtjes - A family member of a resident at De Waalboog Verpleeghuis Joachim en Anna in Nijmegen
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I can tell my father feels more comfortable now that the environment looks less like a hospital. He is very proud of his door and he likes that it's blue, his favourite colour. He loves showing his door to visitors and he's happy when people say something nice about his door.

Petra vd Star - A family member of a resident at Stichting Elisabeth in Breda

I chose this door because I liked it. Now I feel more at home.

Riet Aarsman - Resident at Amerpoort in Vinkeveen
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Some residents recognize their former doors. For one of them, privacy has become more important; he wants a curtain in front of the door. Since the installation of the true doors, some of the residents walk around together while discussing the different doors.

T. Terneusen - Nurse at Laverhof Het Retraitehuis in Uden

The dark blue true door creates a beautiful passageway to my mother's room. It looks great I think!

Corne Balemans - A family member of a resident at Stichting Elisabeth in Breda

The cold and clinical atmosphere is gone. I really like the true doors! Because the doors are all different, it's easier to find your own room.

----------------- - A family member of a resident at Zorggroep Sint Maarten Gerardus Majella in Denekamp
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Residents now know which room is theirs. In the evenings they say: "I'm home, I'm going to sleep now!" There's less agitation. Family members are also very excited about the doors.

- Nurse at De Waalboog Verpleeghuis Joachim en Anna in Nijmegen

She recognises her true door. It evokes good memories from the past. However, you have to start asking questions and you have the best chance of getting an answer on "a good day". I didn't notice any other changes. She's always been peaceful and content, in her own little world.

----------------- - A family member of a resident at Zorggroep Sint Maarten Gerardus Majella in Denekamp
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This true door makes me feel at home, it suits me. My sister thinks so too.

Jan de Lange - Resident at Amerpoort in Vinkeveen

The true door looks like the old front door. It's easier to find the room now and there's more of a feeling of home.

E.M. Doornbos-Erkelens - A family member of a resident at Woonzorggroep Samen Noorderlicht in Hippolytushoef

Family and friends of the residents think the doors are wonderful. Residents really feel at home now.

- Nurse at De Waalboog Verpleeghuis Joachim en Anna in Nijmegen

He now has our own front door back. The door brings back memories, he often talks about the past.

J. Beukema - A family member of a resident at Woonzorggroep Samen Noorderlicht in Hippolytushoef
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I think it's beautiful! It looks old and almost real. If I didn't know better, I would use some paint and plaster.

Mw. Hulleman - Resident at Pieter van Foreest Weidevogelhof in Pijnacker

My true door makes me happy. It really fits my personality.

Annie van Houten - Resident at Amerpoort in Vinkeveen

My husband knows it's his room now. Thanks to the true door.

- Partner at Woonzorggroep Samen Noorderlicht in Hippolytushoef
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She chose this true door because it reminds her of her a former front door. She finds it really beautiful and says it gives her a homely feeling. She mentions it every time we go into her room.

E. van Turnhout - A family member of a resident at Stichting Elisabeth in Breda

The appartments are more personal now, the individual identity of the residents shines through. I think it looks cozy. I'm proud to work here and I like showing the true doors to visitors.

Dietje vd Pavert - Nurse at Zorggroep Charim D'n Aok in Veendendaal
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This door from is past is the most striking one he ever owned. It is very authentic! His brother used to live there too, and he has many memories of that time when he sees the true door. It's easier for him to recognize his door and I can tell he is more at ease now. He really appreciates the fact that this nursing home has taken part in this project.

Loes Corbeij - A family member of a resident at Archipel Zorggroep Passaat in Eindhoven

My father lived behind that door for 40 years. He hasn't got dementia, but he is really happy to have his old door. He thinks his door is beautiful.

S. v.d. Haar Punter - A family member of a resident at Hof en Heim Zorgcentrum Suderigge in Lemmer

My father's memory is ok, so the true door didn't have a big impact on his orientation. But I have to admit the hallway looks really cozy and personal!

R. Stevens - A family member of a resident at Topaz Overryhn in Leiden
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Residents find it easier to find their room. They also think the true doors are beautiful.

- Nurse at De Waalboog Verpleeghuis Joachim en Anna in Nijmegen

There's more social interaction. And it's easier to connect a door to a resident now that all the doors are different.

Jessica Dik - A family member of a resident at Woonzorggroep Samen Noorderlicht in Hippolytushoef
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The true doors make it easier to recognize their own front door. I can tell the residents feel more at home now.

Petra Kamps - Nurse at De Waalboog Verpleeghuis Joachim en Anna in Nijmegen

I can tell my mother feels happier and safer since she received a true door. She really likes it and thinks it perfectly fits her personality.

P. vd Zanden - A family member of a resident at Stichting Elisabeth in Breda

Some residents are very proud of their new "old" door. One man remembers the street where his door used to be and he imediately wanted to show his door to his children. Another lady loves to show her door to others. She's so happy with it. I think the doors give the hallway a home-like atmosphere, it looks very cosy. It really adds value to this place!

Sandra Fleuren - Nurse at De Waalboog Verpleeghuis Joachim en Anna in Nijmegen
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