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Opening the door to the past: aged care residents and families welcome innovative project for people with dementia


West Australian provider Bethanie’s new ‘Front Door Project’ has seen 25 residents in the dementia secure wing of their Bethanie Fields Aged Care Facility in Eaton receive a door motif on the front of their private room.

Bethanie Fields resident Barbara Gibson with her door

Residents and families were able to choose their own design, with some opting for designs similar to the door of their childhood homes. Otherwise, staff researched their favourite colours and traditional-style doors from their home towns.

The doors also have a practical purpose, helping the residents to navigate the wing and creating a more home-like atmosphere.

Staff and residents are both thrilled with the results. Resident Liz Bowron said: “I think it’s fantastic. I chose my door because I love blue – blue like the open sky – it goes to wherever you want to go. I love it.”

Good one Bethanie.

Lauren is a journalist for, agedcare101 and The Donaldson Sisters. Growing up in a big family in small town communities, she has always had a love for the written word, joining her local library at the age of six months. With over eight years' experience in writing and editing, she is a keen follower of news and current affairs with a nose for a good story.

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