What began as an art project became a simple idea to help people with dementia and is now a successful social enterprise reaping benefits around the world. True Doors decals improve quality of life for people with dementia living in nursing homes.
People recognise and find their own doors. Reminiscence and social interaction are stimulated. Institutions feel more like homes. Residents' identities are brought to the fore.
Join us during an introductory webinar to learn more and ask questions about True Doors projects.
- Benefits of True Doors
- How to achieve the best results
- Examples from projects around the world
Who would benefit from participation
These introductory webinars are intended for people considering pilot True Doors projects, ideally with the goal of taking a person-centred approach. Participants include location managers, nursing staff, occupational therapists, diversional therapists, as well as lifestyle and leisure coordinators.
Co-Founder and Executive Director, True Doors
Four years ago I began working on what I thought was a one off social project. One thing led to another and now I find myself as a member of a growing international team than spans the globe from Australia to Canada. And day-to-day I'm involved in the most fulfilling work of my life. I look forward to talking about our work and answering your questions.
Culture Change Consultant, True Doors, Australia
I am the Australian and New Zealand consultant for True Doors, taking photos of doors from the Southern hemisphere to add to the collection and assisting care facilities with their True Door projects.
Over 10 years ago my mother, Margaret, started to become confused and have difficulties with finding her way home - she was diagnosed with mixed dementia and I began my association with dementia friendly communities and culture change in assisted living facilities.
Working with the True Doors team enables me to combine my interests in community and photography while being supported by the knowledge and experience of the wider team.
Partner, Person Centred Universe, Canada
Ashley first became interested in the field of aging as she was providing care for her grandmother at home. As a member of the healthcare sector and as well an entrepreneur, she strongly advocates for person centred and holistic approaches in the aging-care field.
Ashley has experience in both the community health and long term care sectors, and as such, has developed a love of educating and empowering people to develop and lead in their own scope of practice. She has learned, practiced, and taught the benefits of a therapeutic approach to care and has helped to develop resources on holistic practices to promote wellbeing and engagement in long term care. She has developed a number training programs on the use of individualised music in care, Snoezelen Room, Dementia Care Mapping, the use of Music in Narrative, and the benefits using a Therapeutic Recreation model in care
As a complement to her undergraduate degree in Gerontology from St. Thomas University, Ashley has instructed the Therapeutic Activity Professionals' Course. She also holds a certificate from the NCCDP in Dementia Care Practitioning, is an educator of the Dementia: Understanding the Journey curriculum, and, most notably, has obtained a Dementia Care Mapping Certification from Bradford University in the UK.