For a person with dementia just finding the bedroom when faced with a number of doors can be confusing. This can lead to residents walking into someone else’s bedroom. If the resident then starts going through the drawers and cupboards the owner may think the person is prying which could lead to distress and aggression.

Distinguish bedrooms to limit confusion

Use distinguishing colours and room numbers to make bedroom doors stand out. (Strong primary colours can be most effective.) Combine this with personal photos and memorabilia in a display case such as a memory box outside the resident’s room, to help residents distinguish their room from that of another

Create a personal bedroom space

Personalising a bedroom is a way to make life in residential care feel like home and recognise which room belongs to them. Labelling cupboards and bathroom doors will help promote them to remain independent.