An awesome work in progress at my dementia care community! People with dementia don’t go through doors that look like they aren’t doors, and that’s exactly what we are working on here. I had a local technical high school print a vinyl decal that looks like a bookshelf. They came in today and helped apply it to one of our doors. The door still opens, of course, but our residents won’t be trying to go in and out of it nearly as often (at least, that’s the goal!) I’m finishing it later this week by heat-drying it and getting the bubbles out.
Rachael Wonderlin is an internationally-recognized dementia care expert and consultant. She has a Master’s in Gerontology and is the author of two published books with Johns Hopkins University Press. Rachael owns Dementia By Day, a dementia care consulting and education company.
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