Regis Yeronga ‘Family Mural’ for Dementia
>>The brief: The dementia unit at Regis’s new Yeronga facility in Brisbane needed to replace the existing mural over an exit. The sticker mural of a field of green wasn’t working. Dementia changes over time with sometimes bizarre and unexpected habits arising, such as one gentleman who on a daily basis would relieve himself against the door’s green grass sticker! Facility manager Carla Troy wanted a funky, contemporary style that would solve the problem.
>>Our strategy: Sharron designed the new hand-painted mural with Carla who preferred a pastel colour scheme with the original beige walls and some soft wallpaper to match. Sharron is passionate about colour in Aged Care facilities. As a trained interior decorator and colour psychologist, Sharron explained to Carla the subtleties of how dementia residents see/perceive colour, strongly encouraging her to choose vibrant high luminosity colours instead, with fresh white walls, and the mural and complimentary wallpaper to feature large patterns and shapes.
>>The results: Carla was nervous at first about the colour selection but soon changed her mind when the results became obvious. ‘Thanks Sharron! Everyone loves it! They are so happy with the finished product! None of the residents are standing at the door: they walk up look and turn round and walk away. It has really been amazing to walk through the unit and every time we open the door there is no one in the hall way!’ Carla Troy, Regis Yeronga Facility Manager