Sudbury dementia sufferers' stress eased by murals painted on doors
Sudbury nursing home makes locked doors disappear for residents with dementia
Residents with dementia at Finlandia nursing home in Sudbury are spending less time trying to escape after murals were painted on some of the doors.
To help ease the anxiety, artists were hired to paint the doors with calming images that make residents feel more at home.
"We used to have a lot of people at the doors, banging the doors all day long to try to get out," said personal support worker Michael Rodda. "Since we've put the mural up, I've found that there's a lot less people hanging around that area trying to make the obvious exit."
"It looks real, you know? It's beautiful," said resident Louise Mokohonuk. "They make me feel comfortable."
Now that the doors no longer look like doors, they're an opening for residents to think about something else, Rodda said.
"When you go by a mural and they'll look up and they'll check it out and they'll smile at it as opposed to nothing," he said. "I think it stimulates them."
Mokohonuk, an artist herself, said the murals are inspiring her to paint again.