Forest Hill is working on a makeover to enhance quality of life for residents with dementia

Secured units will soon feature brighter colours and items that bring back memories

Forest Hill is in the process of adding new colours and images to the walls in the Kanata, Ont. long-term care home’s secured areas in an effort to decrease agitation and increase the quality of life for residents affected by cognitive impairment.

Work has already started on the project, which Craig Forrest, the home’s life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC), says will be completed over the coming months.

One unit is now painted with five colours – bright purple, yellow, lime green, blue and bubble-gum pink, he notes.

Many residents have fond memories of doing household chores, such as hanging their washing on a clothesline, so in another area, there is a plan to place clothesline across portions of walls, and there will be children’s clothes and other items that residents can hang with clothespins.

Another area will be painted blue and there will be tropical fish decals that will look realistic. Another area will feature flower boxes with artificial flowers residents will be able to pick.

There are also plans to have high-quality wall decals that will be windows with scenes such as fields and golf courses on some walls to add more vivid scenery, Craig says.

“The idea is really to provide more stimulation and overall decreased boredom and hopefully decreased agitation for people with dementia,” Craig says.

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