Loved ones and Elders were able to work together to choose their own designs, based on things such as their favourite colours, or styles, from doors of their previous homes. John and Caroline from True Doors travelled from Bendigo Victoria, to complete the installation for all 15 rooms.
The new look doors help residents improve their way-finding and orientation, according to the team at True Doors. As each door is individual and distinctly unique from their neighbours’ doors, Elders are more likely to recognise their own doors.
Even more so, if residents are actively engaged in the door selection of their True Doors, there is a higher likelihood that way-finding and orientation is improved. The unique look from one door to another also decreases the chance of Elders walking into the wrong room. This initiative helps Elders feel more at home and people are more likely to knock more often when entering Elders’ rooms.
We asked one Margriet Manor resident, Helen (pictured above, right) what she thought of the doors. She says, ‘they look so real! Gorgeous doors!’. Residents and staff alike have been delighted to see how much vibrancy and life these newly transformed doors have given to the home.
Special thanks to Marianne and the Lifestyle team at Margriet Manor for all their dedication and hard work to ensuring this project become a beautiful reality for residents!