Exit diversion (door disguise) is known to relieve the frustration and anxiety experienced by some alzheimer/dementia exit seekers Long Term Care Residences. Replacing clinical looking, (often steel) doors with warm imagery offers a more "homey" environment which can also serve to enhance security for the resident.
Steel Elevator turned into wood
Elevator transformation from Blah to Beauty
End of Hall Kits
Kits for Door Disguises
Elevators on Memory Care floors
Elevators on Memory Care Floors
Dining room outside door
Previously, this door in the dining room was the only element that didn't support a feeling of comfort in this Long Term Care Facility. Now the "look and feel of home" is well established.
End-of-Hall Stairwell Door
End-of-the-hallway Stairwell door was a beacon to exit until it was made to blend in with the environment. A portion of the window allows for a visual from the stairwell into the hallway.
End-of-Hall Connecting door
This door leads from a Memory Care floor to another living space, but it was a distraction to residents and a frustration that this door was locked by a passcode. Having it look like a piece of furniture calms the space and offers a nicer ambience.
Office Door Disguise
The Barrister’s bookcase has enough horizontal lines to draw the eye away from the long vertical window. A portion of the window allows for some through visibility from inside this office on a Memory Care floor.
Shiny elevators can cause confusion for persons with dementia and give others the urge to exit. Out of sight, out of mind makes for a calmer atmosphere.
A. After performing over 400 door disguises (Exit Diversions), we have rarely found two exit doors the same! Therefore, most of the work you see is custom designed to suit that particular door. Sizes vary and windows require a different treatment, so there is unfortunately, no "one-size-fits-all" solution.
In addition, some are hand-painted and on some we use a vinyl poster material (a "wrap"). (On some we use a bit of both!)
A. Yes, there is adequate visibility from the outside of the unit looking in. (You can identify individuals), but the acrylic backing resembles a dark glass. This is to ensure the image on the reverse side appears solid and opaque. More light on the inside than on the outside allows for the best result.
A. Very good questions! How long it takes often depends on the amount of traffic through the door. If a door opens every few minutes, a hand-painted door can take up to a week. Reducing traffic through the door ensures the job is done faster. Also - if the door or elevator is being "wrapped" there are crucial times when the door must stay shut, if only for 15 minutes at a time.
A. Yes! Well....if you have the kind of door that lends itself to our arsenal of designs (for a long-distance solution that is). We regularly ship across Canada and to the U.S.A. We will supply the design's materials with instructions. You provide the handy guy or gal!
A. The first thing to do is to ask your local Fire Department before going ahead with a "wrap" (the material we use for our murals) on the door. This is a municipal decision for fire departments. Because our wraps are custom-made and we cannot therefore provide a refund after they are printed, we want to make sure you are able to use it. Here is a link (click below) to the information the Fire Department will need:
Next: Send us a picture of your door and another one further back incorporating the surrounding area. This can be just with your camera's phone - and email it to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to the recent surge in enquiries for Exit Diversion designs, we have found it necessary to establish the following policy:
To create a customized exit diversion design and quotation, we require a $250.00 non-refundable deposit. This sum will be deducted from the invoice if the proposal is accepted.
Karen and Brian Romeril are a team who both design, draw and paint - with Brian specializing in perspective drawing techniques and Karen as principle painter. Karen and Brian Romeril have been free-lancing their artwork for more than 20 years on such projects as the Avon Theatre's renovation, the Discovery Centre and The Bruce Hotel in Stratford. By contrast, they have enjoyed "Marking Art Work" improving environments for residents in Long Term Care communities. They specialize in exit diversion - proven to alleviate anxiety - and in creating the "look and feel" of home, while adding an extra layer of safety for residents in care.
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