Where Am I? – Making Our Building More Dementia Friendly

A Capstone Project by Stephanie Marshall, MOTR/L, PAM, CDP, Glenwood Care Center, Oxnard, CA
When you first enter a skilled nursing facility, it’s likely to look the same as almost any other: neutral flooring and paint colors, limited signage, and identical rooms throughout. This poses significant issues, not just for visitors trying to find their way to family members, but for residents with any type of cognitive disorder looking for their room. It is important to remember that individuals with dementia may experience impaired reasoning and struggle with daily items that we often consider “easy to use” or familiar. Thus, adaptations must be made in order to promote ease of navigation and use throughout the building’s hallways and resident rooms. Our development plan consists of three phases of signage improvement.