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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Visitors really appreciate the true doors. They are very positive about it!
It's a fun and unique kind of door, I'm so happy with it! Yes, I'm very proud of my door.
I really like my true door, I think it's the best!
The door is easier to recognize now. This helps the residents with orientation. I also think this increases the feeling of "home".
It's the back door of her former home. Now it's easier for her to find her room.
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.
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.
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.
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.
She chose her former front door. She lived behind that door more than 30 years!
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.
They now recognise their own front door. I also think it makes them feel more at home.
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.
This is the kitchen door of where she lived for 40 years. Now it's easier for her to find her room.
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.
It made me think of Picasso..
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.
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.
It looks very nice! Also, it's easier to find my room now.
She recognized her own door and thinks it is beautiful. She lived behind that door from 1957 until 2012.
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.
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.
Sometimes residents say: "I'm home again." That makes me happy. They also often walk around the ward while admiring the doors.
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!
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.
Since the true doors were installed some residents are spending more time in their rooms. They also close their door more often.
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.
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.
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.
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.
She chose a door from her past and she thinks it's beautiful.
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.
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.
When she first saw her former door, she imediately said: "How lovely, it's our own door!" It was clear that she recognized it.
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.
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.
The residents and their family think the true doors are nice and contribute to a cosy atmosphere.
The residents recognize their front doors because of the true doors. I think the doors contribute to a home-like atmosphere.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
From the living room, you have a nice view on the true door. It's really beautiful!
The hallway looks very nice and I like my door the best. I'm very positive about it!
Some residents find it easier to orient and they recognize their own door.
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.
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.
I chose this door because I liked it. Now I feel more at home.
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.
The dark blue true door creates a beautiful passageway to my mother's room. It looks great I think!
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.
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.
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.
This true door makes me feel at home, it suits me. My sister thinks so too.
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.
Family and friends of the residents think the doors are wonderful. Residents really feel at home now.
He now has our own front door back. The door brings back memories, he often talks about the past.
I think it's beautiful! It looks old and almost real. If I didn't know better, I would use some paint and plaster.
My true door makes me happy. It really fits my personality.
My husband knows it's his room now. Thanks to the true door.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Residents find it easier to find their room. They also think the true doors are beautiful.
There's more social interaction. And it's easier to connect a door to a resident now that all the doors are different.
The true doors make it easier to recognize their own front door. I can tell the residents feel more at home now.
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.
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!