The modern tendency in Long Term Care Facilities is to afford their Memory Care Residents as much liberty and self-initiated activity as possible while protecting their safety.
To this end, exit doors are often disguised or at least de-emphasized to prevent elopement opportunities and to mitigate responsive behaviours that arise from encountering a locked door.
Once these measures are in place, safe areas can be enhanced in order to encourage places of interest in which residents may engage with fulfilling activities. You may be familiar with our Exit Diversion doors. Here is something new! We have recently installed this treatment on glass doors in an Ontario Memory Care Home to attract residents towards this secure Garden area situated off the Dining room. Previously, the doors blended with the windows and weren't easily seen-
Staff have declared how much nicer and less "institutional" this area now looks. I think we can enhance this whole scene with one more thing....a nice bit of bright signage to invite residents to continue through the door to the Garden (our peel-and-stick signage can be removed, stored and replaced after rainy or winter days prevent this activity).
Not all homes have secured outdoor areas for residents, but there are other ways to attract residents to participate in safe in-home activities. Creative Art Co are here to help, making Art WORK!
Visit us at http://www.creativeartco.com