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