‘This is their home, so we felt it was very important that they have a say in what colours were chosen’
When West Lake Terrace team members decided to make some renovations to the Prince Edward County long-term care home, they approached residents to help them design the new décor in the dining room, TV lounge and Montessori room.
As a result, an engaged group of residents has diligently approached the project, helping choose colours, making requests and even creating artwork.
The West Lake Terrace life enrichment department first approached the home’s residents’ council with their idea to change the paint colour in the dining room. Residents were shown paint samples to help them decide on colours.
Next, residents were asked to help decorate the TV lounge. Life enrichment co-ordinator Janie Denard says the team decided to make this phase into a “Montessori activity.”
Staff drew simple shapes on to canvases and residents took buttons of various shapes and colours and filled in the shapes with hearts, butterflies and birds. These pieces of artwork are now on display in the lounge.
Residents also chose the new colour for the TV lounge, Janie notes.
“(The residents) very much appreciated being involved and having a say,” Janie says of the project.
“This is their home, so we felt it was very important that they have a say in what colours were chosen.”
Additionally, residents have asked for some “family-type pictures” of themselves showing the activities they engage in at the home displayed on the walls, so that will be part of the next phase of the design project, Janie says.
“We’re just going to keep plugging away and life enrichment is going to be doing some more artwork activity with the residents so we can have some more art to display,” she says.
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