One door closes, same one opens

By Kyabram Free Press

NEW doors have opened a whole world of joy for residents at Sheridan Aged Care.

Families have been given the opportunity to have a decal made similiar to that of their favourite door from home, which have been transferred onto the entrance of resident’s rooms.

It’s made a huge difference on the memory loss unit, where the decals not only provide a sense of home but also help residents feel familiar with their surroundings.

Maree Evans, whose husband Barry lives in the unit, said the likeness to her own door was uncanny.

“I’m totally delighted,” she said.

“The door decal has created a welcoming and personal environment, and I think that will help Barry recognise where his own personal space is.”

The door project follows the installation of a 1950’s kitchen decal that was applied to the dining room wall last year.

Residents and families said it instantly created a feeling of warmth and familiarity, with many of the residents having grown up in that era.

Sheridan managing director Michelle Collier said providing genuine options which support resident choice is the driving theme behind Sheridan’s model of care.

“Residents are given lots of opportunities to make informed choices and be involved in making improvements to care and services they receive to support them to live their life their way.

“Our new door decals have really made the Sheridan environment feel like home,” she said.