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True Doors Trigger Memories For Residents Living With Dementia

Bethanie Waters Aged Care Home has come up with a unique concept to help trigger memories of the past and make residents living with dementia feel at home. The new endeavour is called the ‘True Doors’ project and has seen 48 residents located in the dementia wing receive a door motif on the front of their room.

True Doors are stickers that make the door to a resident’s room look like the front door to a house. The aim is for residents to be able to identify their rooms more easily and to feel like they are coming home when they go back to their rooms.

Residents and families each chose their own unique door design opting for motifs similar to homes they lived in whilst growing up. Where residents and families were unable to choose, Bethanie researched their favourite colours and traditional style doors from their hometowns.

The new doors have already generated much discussion and reminiscence between residents and staff. Resident Coralie Garside said,

“I chose my door motif because of how beautiful the stained glass window was. It looked so peaceful and beautiful and it reminded me of home. It makes it mine.”

Resident Rodney Lethby’s door was chosen with some help from his wife who shared a story about how Rod’s father and grandfather built the first church in Woolaroo, which had similar stained glass windows. Rodney says, “My door makes my room much easier to find.”

The idea came from Bethanie Fields Aged Care Home who implemented a similar project in 2018 with great success.

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