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.
It made me think of Picasso..
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.
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.
Sometimes residents say: "I'm home again." That makes me happy. They also often walk around the ward while admiring the doors.
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.
Since the true doors were installed some residents are spending more time in their rooms. They also close their door more often.
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!
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.
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.
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.