Exit Diversion is the disguising of a door in care facilities for the purpose of redirecting the exit-seeking tendancies of residents with Alzheimers and Dementia. This reduces agitation and risk of escape or injury as they will naturally seek exit elsewhere.
Here are some dramatic exit door transformations!
BEFORE: Woodlands of Sunset decided to make their dining area look like a market. This door needed to fit the decor.
AFTER: The long handle of the door blends in as a tray on the service window. A trompe l'oeil reno sign distracts from residents approaching.
BEFORE: Rapelje Lodge exit door
AFTER: A large painting, faux brick and planters make this doorway look cozy and not at all like an exit.
BEFORE: The housekeeper's closet and the main exit door are so close together that it becomes very problematic at Northland Pointe where residents gather to try to leave.
AFTER: These two major doors get a huge makeover. Close up photos below.
BEFORE: Exit door at Northland Pointe
AFTER: The two glass panels were covered with wood panels so I could paint fake book shelves.
BEFORE-Even this Elevator at Garden City Manor needed to be camouflaged for the safety of its residents.
AFTER-The "Closed" sign is a deterrent to any resident considering entering the flower shop.
BEFORE-Linhaven Door. Quite uninteresting but no doubt a way out for residents!
AFTER-Door becomes a window and drawers. Notice how the handle visually blends into the railing of the deck.
BEFORE-Meadows of Dorchester door is ready for a new exit diversion mural.
AFTER-Faux stone blocking and a gorgeous white fireplace hide this exit door.
BEFORE-A secured door between units at Linhaven.
AFTER-Pick a book or grab the coffee cup, but you'll have a tough time finding the door handle or even thinking of it as a door!
BEFORE-Baywoods Place in Hamilton has many ways off of this secured unit. The dark paint didn't make them any less appealing to it's exit seeking residents.
AFTER-A repeat of the doorknob, an illusion of a shelf and bookcase and a convincing wood grain effect and the door becomes a nice piece of furniture.
BEFORE-Another door at Baywoods Place.
AFTER-The lighting of the shelves and the shadows of all the objects on them, distract the on-looker.
BEFORE-Busy spot for exit seekers at Garden City Manor.
AFTER-A china cabinet with lovely contents is always effective for diversion.
BEFORE-West Oak Village, Oakville
AFTER-Beautiful wood grain, shadows and perspective give great depth to this service door.
Elevator doors can also become an issue for exit-seeking behaviours.
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