One-hundred reactions to true doors
Chapter 4 10 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.
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.
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.
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.
I don't see a big difference so far, however, I can tell the true doors are helping some of the other residents.
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.
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!
My husband knows it's his room now. Thanks to the true door.
It's the back door of her former home. Now it's easier for her to find her room.
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.
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.