Designing for Dementia - Tub Rooms

 Greet the bather with signage that orients them to their space and the activity.  Creative Art Co©

Greet the bather with signage that orients them to their space and the activity.

Creative Art Co©

 Softening the cold look of tiles and chrome.                                                Creative Art Co ©

Softening the cold look of tiles and chrome.                                                Creative Art Co ©

 Offering comforting imagery in Tub Rooms for distressed bathers in Long Term Care.    Creative Art Co©

Offering comforting imagery in Tub Rooms for distressed bathers in Long Term Care.  

Creative Art Co©

Tub Rooms in Hospitals and Long Term Care facilities are designed for efficient function, as they should be.  However, the equipment - lifts, extra-sized tubs with hoses and dials - as necessary as they are, can be intimidating and unfamiliar to the patient/resident.  Add to this the complication of dementia which often causes a person to be disoriented as to time and location and it is no wonder that many are averse to bath time.

Our mission at Creative Art Co is to make art WORK.  In designing for dementia, we seek to make art not only work, but to multi-task - to calm and soothe the spirit, to engage and sometimes to help orient a person to the space and task at hand.  To this end, we have designed a number of "wall wraps" on a durable, laminated (but non-glare) material with imagery that offers the "look and feel" of home.

Among the choices are the Welcome Signs that greet the bather upon entry containing wording such as "Welcome to the Spa".   Alongside these, most homes choose flowers and/or decorative shell towel holder to set the mood. Over the bath we suggest one of our bathroom cabinet wraps with other bathroom themed pictures of flowers or seashells to soothe, engage and reassure the bather of his/her location and the activity underway.

As space is usually at a premium, it is a big plus that all this decorative enhancement is achieved without taking up any valuable room and without needing dusting as do many of the physical ornaments and artificial flowers brought in for such a purpose.

We will never forget our experience after completing a Tub Room "make-over" for a Long Term Care facility in Burlington, Ontario.  As we were packing up to leave, a lady resident was being portered in.  Her remark to us made us smile.  She said "nice place you have here!"  We were gratified to know it was now her nice place.