Why would you use a mural (or artwork)?
Without orientation aids, corridors all look the same and can be very confusing. If there are no focal points or independence support strategies in place, people will lose their confidence and can either become agitated and distressed or simply stop moving around for fear of getting lost. Either response is likely to increase the risk of falls, through lack of concentration or reduced muscle strength and have a detrimental effect on wellbeing and quality of life.
Most dementia care environments are secure and therefore movement is restricted. By creating pathways of interest around the building, we aim to replicate community life as much as possible, without creating false realities. Going for a meaningful walk, collecting a newspaper from the shop, or having a drink are all daily activities we take for granted. Choice is our human right and something we take for granted. However, sadly in care setting, choice as a human right is often denied. The care setting is often managed with a focus on reducing risk, but there is a level of risk that is acceptable and creating a dementia-friendly environment can significantly reduce those risks as well enhancing quality of life – the two can work in unison
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